A simple t-shirt that fits well and feels comfy can be difficult for some men to find. There is so much choice that finding the perfect tee is often a little easier said than done. The fit, quality, and feel of the material are all critical factors to consider in your search.
We have compiled a list of some of the best made styles if you are on the hunt for the most comfortable T-shirt ever. Our list includes a range of options for all budgets; we found some very popular designs that only cost a few dollars and a few of the most loved designer’s styles that will work all kinds of body types. Whether you are looking for an undershirt or an essential tee for the summer, we have found some of the most comfortable t-shirts for men that you will love to wear.
A favorite budget option is Soft-Washed Crew-Neck that is a constant best-seller at Old Navy. Overall Old Navy tees are known for being very soft, having a modern fit, and being inexpensive. They are also durable and come in a vast selection of colors, making them perfect for everyday wear. They wash well, fit true to size, and are a decent thickness of material (not overly thick, but not too thin). For the price, you can buy a whole range of colors.
Don’t take my word for it though, check out the 2300 plus rave reviews about this soft-washed style on the Old Navy site.
A designer shirt that is renowned for its comfort is the James Perse Crewneck Jersey T-Shirt. These shirts are made in the U.S.A. from 100% combed jersey cotton. Jersey cotton is a single knit fabric known for being very soft, a bit elastic, and for draping well.
The James Perse Crewneck constantly tops the best of men’s T-shirt list from men’s magazines like GQ and New York Magazine. It is perfect if you are looking for a basic black or white style and it also comes in a great selection of colors. The fabric is a good medium weight, so it is thick enough not to be see-through like many jersey T-Shirts. The shirt’s material and design mean that you can wear this style as either dressy or casual since it has a reasonably luxurious look and feel to it.
A great budget option that is easy to find on Amazon is Gildan shirts. Gildan has a few different styles, but one of the best for comfort is the Gildan Men’s G2000 Ultra Cotton Adult T-Shirt. It is cheap, decent quality, and has a loose fit.
The material is a tri-blend, which means that it is 100% cotton in most colors. So it is pretty soft and a little bit thin, but super comfy. One issue that is common when you get a smooth, lightweight material that feels amazing is that it tends not to last as long as the thicker, more heavy-duty tees. If you aren’t convinced this is a good style perhaps the 17,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon may change your mind.
Hanes Men’s and Big Men’s Ecosmart Short Sleeve Tee
A perfect budget tee that works well for many different body types is the Hanes Men’s and Big Men’s Ecosmart Short Sleeve Tee. This particular design the Ecosmart has a great reputation for being comfortable and extremely easy to wear.
You can’t really go wrong with Hanes styles, they’re pretty basic, but they aren’t expensive, and they come in a lot of colors (39 to be precise), so they are useful for many different purposes.
Banana Republic tees are almost always good quality and a reasonable price if you catch them on sale. They usually stock a few different styles, including organic cotton and performance fabrics but their best classic design is the Banana Republic Authentic Supima Cotton Tee, which is well worth looking at if your primary goal is comfort.
Supima is a perfect material for t-shirts because it is so soft and breathable. This great all-rounder shirt is also an excellent thickness and has a nice drape. Reviews are always glowing for this tee as far as the comfort level goes.
H&M’s tees are one of the most popular budget styles that often surprise people with how nice they are for the price. They are incredibly soft, comfortable, and fit most men very well. H&M has a few different styles and fabric blends to choose from, but for comfort, one of their best options is the Regular Fit Crew-neck. This crewneck has a rating of 4.6 on almost 1800 reviews, which is not too shabby for a $7 tee. The fabric is a 100% soft cotton jersey and you can snag it in a few different colors.
This regular fit is so popular because it is super soft, inexpensive, and works well for all shapes. The fit is relatively close to the body but not restrictive, like a tight shirt can be. It would be tough to get a better basic T-shirt for the price. For a daily, casual wear shirt that will keep you comfy, the H&M Regular Fit Crew-neck is worth a look.
For those who prefer more of a designer style of tee, Robert Barakett is a great brand to check out. The Georgia Crewneck is a best seller at Nordstrom’s and is very highly rated with over 400 five-star reviews. They are a bit pricey but not quite as expensive as Sunspel or A.P.C.
Fans of this shirt love the quality and the softness of the cotton with a soft wash finish, meaning it’ll be smoother and more durable than more budget options. This is a shirt that can go casual or dressy, but it leans a little more on the formal side.
A more budget-friendly option is the Uniqlo Men Supima® Cotton Crewneck. These are excellent value for a decently low price. Since they are Pima cotton, they are very soft but good quality cotton that feels slightly better than regular cotton.
You can wear this style as either an undershirt or a regular shirt as it comes in a nice variety of colors, including the primary colors. This shirt has a little looser fit than most of the other options on this list. The length is relatively long, and the sleeves are also on the long side compared to other brands. If you want more convincing this style was Buzzfeed’s Budget Pick for Best Men’s White T-Shirts.
Everlane makes a lot of very comfortable, quality essentials, including this Cotton Crew. It is a well-tailored tee, so it doesn’t feel too loose or too tight on most body types. Since it is 100% cotton, it will soften up the more you wash and wear it, although it is plenty soft when you first get it. The cotton is pretty high quality, comes in a nice selection of colors, and will hold its color well after repeated washing and wear.
Many men consider the Everlane Cotton Crew to be the perfect shirt, partly because they are a good weight for everyday wear, not too thin, not too thick. They also drape well, without feeling boxy or tight. They cost around $18, so they aren’t overly expensive so that you can stock up on a few different colors for the summer. This is one of Everlanes best rated and best-selling items.
Cuts Clothing is a relatively new brand (started in 2016) that has made some waves in the men’s direct-to-consumer clothing market. They sell a top-rated T-shirt that comes in 3 different cuts: Classic Curve Hem, Split-Hem, Elongated-Hem, with the curve hem being the most popular and well-reviewed (scoring 4.7 out of 5 on over 1200 reviews).
Cuts make their tee out of their custom durable, breathable, soft PYCA™ fabric that is often described as feeling buttery. Men appreciate the fabric and clean, tailored, slimmer fit of the design. There is some grumbling in the reviews about the shipping costs so perhaps double-check the rates if you are interested in this brand.
Outdoor Voices Ready Set Shortsleeve is a versatile tee for everyday activities made from a performance cotton blend. The fabric that Outdoor Voices calls ‘Sweatee’ is known for being sweat-wicking and very soft. The tee has a classic fit, so it looks good on everyone.
It’s the perfect workout design, everyday tee, and even works well as an undershirt. In the many glowing reviews for this style, reviewers mention that they love the fabric, the cooling properties, and the quality.
How to Find a Comfortable Tee:
Sizing- Unfortunately, since sizing differs across the different brands, you may need to try out a few sizes before you get a great fit. If you aren’t sure of your size you can check out this guide. One of the most significant problems that men run into is the shirt’s length, especially if you fall outside average sizing. If you are short and a little husky, there is a good chance you will find a lot of styles too long, especially if you have to go up in size for the fit. If you are very tall, you may run into issues with the shirts being too short, but if you go extra-large, the overall fit becomes too tent-like. Many brands have fit and sizing guides on their sites that you should check out.
Fabric-T-shirts are made from a lot of different types of fabrics. If you are looking for an everyday T-shirt, not an athletic kind of material, cotton is a good option. For those on a tight budget, you may want to look for cotton and polyester blends that may include a bit of Rayon for softness. Some designer options are made of silk and modal blends that are super soft, but you will pay quite a bit for those styles. Supima cotton (high-quality cotton is mostly grown in the U.S) and modal and Micro modal fabrics have been getting more and more popular in the last few years. If you are looking for the softest styles you can also get Pima Cotton shirts from UNIQLO or Banana Republic that are very soft (they are like Supima but are not verified by Supima Association to meet the strict requirements to be called Supima. Supima cotton is Pima cotton that is made in the U.S.A.).
Fit– Fit is the toughest thing to get right when you are shopping for that perfect style. Since there is such a range of body types and heights, you can’t really say that there is one ideal shirt that will work for everyone. The trend these days is towards a fitted, more tapered design. If you like a looser fit, you could try the Uniqlo styles or American Giant. You could also stick with traditional T-shirt brands like Hanes or Fruit of the Loom that often also have a looser fit.
Price– These days, you can spend almost anything on a T-shirt, from a few dollars to well over a thousand if you are going high-end designer. Many men love the cost, fit, and quality of Next Level and Canvas shirts that you can get for only a few dollars. But if you are looking for the latest fabrics or special features like antibacterial, moisture-wicking, or silk or modal type blends, you will have to pay more for that.
Durability– When shopping for comfort, you have to walk a bit of a fine line between getting a garment that will last for years and one that feels amazing. Often the best feeling shirts are those with the thinnest, softest material that usually isn’t the most durable. Most of the shirts that we choose for this list have material that feels great, washes well, and will last.
Made in the U.S.A. T-shirts– For those who prefer to buy made in the U.S.A. or Canada shirts, you should check out James Perse, American Giant, Buck Mason, some styles of Canvas shirts, and Reigning Champ (produced in Canada).
Neck– Most traditional T-shirt necks are either a crew (round) neck or a v-neck. In the last few years, scoop collars (wider, more oval cut around the neck) are increasing in popularity. You can get deeper cuts in either the crew neck, v necks, or scoop neck, although we didn’t explore these styles in this post.
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