Men live in their favorite T-shirts. They work in them on Saturdays. They take their partner out for dates in them. They cook in them, work out in them, and, when they lie down at the end of a long day, odds are they sleep in them. For that reason, the best T-shirts for men don’t have to be designer or overly stylish. Rather, they have to take into account their myriad uses and provide a fitted look that elevates a man’s appearance through the long days of wear.
It’s the fit that makes the T-shirt, says Micaela Erlanger, a top Hollywood stylist who’s dressed Common, Jared Leto, and David Boyega among others. Her guiding T-shirt principal is that each should be between not-too-slim and not-too-loose.
“You want to go for a looser-fitting silhouette, not a slim fit,” she advises. “If you need something for a stockier, less-toned body, you want to go for something that is regular fit.”
A common mistake she sees a lot of guys make is going up a size too high. “You never want to buy your shirt too big,” she warns. “Don’t go up a size. It won’t fit you properly. It might be too long. You want to something that will have width and girth in the actual dimensions.” In other words? Find a different brand who’s medium is more your medium. Not the same brand’s large.
For guys who may not work out as much, Erlanger says to avoid modal or jersey blends and opt for thicker, sturdier cotton. She always says to avoid T-shirts that are too thin.
With all of this advice in mind, here are the best men’s T-shirts to check out. All are soft, breathable, and very wearable. Just be sure to try one on so you know the fit is right for you.
The Best Men’s T-Shirts
Buck Mason has made its bones reintroducing classics that fit just like you remember them. Its Vintage Tee combines cotton, polyester, and rayon for a feel akin to a vintage concert shirt. Available in muted colors that go with just about everything, you can retire your Pearl Jam memorabilia and slip into a more modern look.
Say 'short-sleeve henley' and our thoughts go immediately to Ryan Gosling circa Drive. While these wear like any other shirt, the henley style adds variety and dimension, making it a great way to freshen up your look. The curved hem is designed to be worn untucked, while its slim fit is begging to show off your New Year's resolution.
If you're looking for a shirt that won't lose its shape no matter what you do during the day, this is your pick: its ultra-thick cotton knit won't bag out or look shapeless. There are a variety of colors and patterns to choose from and the fit is just relaxed enough to not make you look sloppy.
As its name indicates, the Hurley cotton T-shirt is something every guy needs in his closet, and its fit is more on the slightly slimmer side.
Made of ultra-soft cotton, this V-neck T-shirt, a favorite of Erlanger's, not only has the flawless fit you want, but a killer V neckline.
If you'r going for something with longer sleeves, this henley is perfect for layering. It has more of a slimmer fit through the chest and sleeves, is made of a lightweight cotton, and has the added nice touch of mother of pearl buttons.
Unsure about what to wear? This shirt has a slim fit through the body, is made of pima cotton, and drapes nicely just below the waist.
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