Originating out of the 19th century, the T-shirt first evolved from common undergarments of the time, initially utilized as convenient covering for miners in the latter part of the 1800s. From here, these buttonless garments were then issued by the U.S. Navy sometime in the early 20th century as a crew-necked and short sleeve white cotton undershirt that was meant to be worn under the uniform. It wasn’t long after when workers in other labor-intensive industries began wearing these easily cleaned and inexpensive garments for coverage in hot environments. Soon enough, from farm hands during the Great Depression to greasers in their local 50’s diners, the men’s basic t-shirt became a poignant staple of every man’s wardrobe.
Today, it’s safe to say that just about every guy owns a t-shirt. But with such popularity and utility coinciding with convenience, you really can’t have enough of these. And if loud graphic t-shirts aren’t your thing then the solid color basic t-shirt is a prized possession. These days, thanks to forward-fashion and materials, these offerings can be extraordinarily comfortable and look good in the process. So with Spring now sprung across the nation, and warmer months ahead, it’s time to up the wardrobe with a new collection of basic t-shirts. This list should get you started.
Everlane Cotton Crew
It doesn’t get more iconic than a classic white tee with clean lines a crew neck. It’s where it all began and, with Everlane, it’s where the tradition will continue to hold strong. This pick is made from 100 percent cotton, is pre-shrunk, made in LA, and boasts a slim fit.
J. Crew Broken-In
With a broken-in appearance, this offering from J.Crew is bound to be your go-to t-shirt from the start. It features a rib trim at the neck, a cotton jersey look, and a slim fit for a smooth silhouette while out on the town.
Buck Mason Slub Tee
Built from 100 percent slub cotton, the easy breathing t-shirt is made right here in the USA and sewn in Los Angeles. It’ll function both as an undershirt and as a solo venture for those warmer afternoons. A must-have for any t-shirt collection.
Made from 100% Organic Peruvian Prima Cotton that’s widely considered some of the softest cotton in the world, the Sojourn is built for both comfort and adventure along with signature bite stitch detailing at the hem, a slightly more relaxed neckline, and a lived-in feel.
Carhartt Military Tee
Saluting the original, Carhartt’s Military Tee is an all-cotton ribbed crewneck t-shirt that’s positioned to be a crucial element to any wardrobe. It’s made from a soft cotton jersey and also boasts a woven logo patch as well.
Reigning Champ Set In Tee
Handcrafted in Canada this piece includes signature fabrics in its composition and quality finishings to produce a comfortable wear. The Set-In also features flatlocked seams, a bound collar, is made from 100 percent cotton, and hosts set-in sleeves for good measure.
Norse Projects Niels Basic SS
Made from 100 percent cotton and featuring a cotton herringbone tape detail on the inside collar, this regular fit t-shirt from Norse Projects is a perfect addition to the summer wardrobe. It’s designed in Denmark, made in Portugal and ready to tackle any warm weather adventures you have in mind.
Jungmaven Ten Ounce Baja
Sometimes everything is in a name. In this case, it’s a 10-ounce blend of Hemp and Organic Cotton that makes this durable t-shirt a rugged choice for years to come. It boasts a classic fit, comes is several colorways and made in the USA with locally sourced materials.
Levi’s 1930’s Bay Meadow
No doubt about it, Levi’s is just classic. And this Bay Meadow white t-shirt is here to prove it. The piece features the original Bay Meadows racehorse label, is made from 100 percent cotton and host a classic fit for anyone looking for the perfect basic tee.
James Perse Clear Jersey Crew
With fabric sourced from Japan and a shirt that’s made right here in the USA, it’s hard to deny the craftsmanship that went into producing this clean 100 percent cotton Clear Jersey Crew. It also features a slightly rounded hem, all-over coverlock stitch detail, and a rounded hem. A solid choice that’s for sure.
Meet In The Middle With These Raglan Tees
Torn between short sleeves and long sleeves? No need to be. Just check out this list of the best raglan shirts for men that’s certain to satisfy your indecisive mind.