Don’t be fooled by the simplistic nature of a t-shirt. Finding one that just feels…right…can take time, especially if you’re shopping online. Whether searching alone or for someone else, functionality outdoes fashion-forwardness in the men’s t-shirt department. Yes, it should catch the shopper’s eye and complement , but more than anything, comfort is the most important factor. For example, the best men’s t-shirts for summer or people with active lifestyles are those made with or cooling fabrics. The best men’s t-shirts for layering are constructed with v-shaped necklines or lightweight material. For shoppers who want men’s t-shirts that can be used as an everyday staple, quality fabric that is also soft or infused with hypoallergenic properties will be the best options.
Price must also be considered, as shopping online exceeds the boundaries of a physical store, making it easy to justify price tags that don’t match the shopper’s budget. Still, shopping for men’s t-shirts with all-around appeal shouldn’t feel like an never-ending quest. If it does, the good news is that Rank & Style’s algorithm tool does the research that would be a total timesuck for online shoppers. It selects, scores, and ranks the best products utilizing a point system that analyzes things like reviews, recommendations from editors and industry insiders, social media buzz, and more.
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Comfort Colors Adult Short Sleeve Tee
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: It doesn’t get more classic that Comfort Colors, known for its fun color options and soft cotton material. The garment-dyed fabric also lends the t-shirt a lived-in feel and stays fresh-looking, even after multiple washes.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The double-needle collar sits high up on the neck.
Goodfellow & Co Men's Short Sleeve Perfect T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This t-shirt doesn’t feel as thick, since the cotton is blended with polyester. (The material is also partially recycled.) It’s a classic crew-neck with a relaxed fit that can be dressed up and down.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The color range includes standard neutrals, with the exception of an apple red.
Everlane The Premium-Weight Crew
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: A lot of care went into this t-shirt made from dense cotton that’s meant to get better (and softer) with time. The t-shirt is part of Everlane’s Uniform collection, a set of everyday basics.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The slim fit is another feature that makes it stand out.
Goodthreads Short-Sleeve Crewneck Cotton T-Shirt With Pocket
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: From the soft cotton fabric to the tag-free neckline, slipping into this t-shirt is like slipping into the bed after a long day at work. The brand’s unique “tumble cotton” is also put through a “heritage wash” that gives it a lived-in feel from the first time you wear it.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Don’t sleep on the rest of the Goodthreads brand, as it’s all about minimally-designed wardrobe staples.
Gap 100% Organic Cotton Pocket T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: The only thing better than a t-shirt is a t-shirt with a pocket. Allergy-prone shoppers were also considered, as the organic cotton is free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: It’s available in sizing for standard and tall frames.
H&M Regular Fit Crew-Neck T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Few fabric combos are softer than cotton and jersey, a blend that just so happens to feel lightweight too. Reviewers recommend air-drying to help retain shape.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The shirt is more fitted at the shoulders and chest.
Old Navy Soft-Washed Crew-Neck T-Shirt For Men
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Not too short and not too long. Not too lose and not too tight. It’s the Goldilocks of men’s t-shirt with a fit and minimal features that are just right. The fabric has also been soft-washed, thus avoiding any drastic change after a first wash.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: If there’s one thing shoppers love most about this affordable t-shirt, it’s the abundance of color options, so you can buy in bulk.
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This t-shirt is somewhere between a fitted shirt and relaxed fit t-shirt, thanks to the tapered neckline, shortened bottom hem, and tubular waist. It’s also one of the more size-inclusive ranges, going up to a 4X.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The prices fluctuate according to size but all of them are under $20, with some as low as $5.
Banana Republic Soft Wash T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Organically-grown cotton is what gives this t-shirt its crispy fresh, lived-in appeal. The hemline on the sleeves also gives the illusion that they are folded, and also makes it easy to pair with formal-looking bottoms.
PRODUCT REVIEW: “This T is perfect. 1. Soft 2. The arms holes fit close (not tight) highlighting my bi and triceps. 3. The collar holds up after a wash and doesn't fold down/look smashed.”
Uniqlo U AIRism Cotton Oversized Crew Neck T-Shirt
WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Though this is a loose-fitting t-shirt, what makes it so versatile is the tight collar that makes it look good tucked in or left out. The cotton-polyester blend is also like other Uniqlo pieces, in that it looks incredibly smooth like, say, a satin or jersey fabric.
SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: It’s also unisex, which means it will flatter a variety of shapes and sizes.