Why is it important to find the best men’s plain t-shirt? Frankly put, no man’s wardrobe would be complete without the always versatile and forever comfortable plain t-shirt. Without the distraction of outlandish logos or large printed words, a plain t-shirt takes on a modern clean appearance. It is no longer just something to put on when rolling out of bed in the morning for a casual day about, but a piece of clothing that can be paired with many different options while maintaining a casual look. Whether you’re pairing with dark wash jeans, and a pair of leather boots, a pair of wool trousers, and white sneakers, or some chino shorts, and some suede loafers a batch of good quality plain t-shirts are a must.
Because of this, a plain t-shirt may be the most important men’s wardrobe essential. My philosophy has always been, if you touch it or wear it every day, then it pays to buy quality. You may pay a little more, but you’ll be rewarded with a long lasting quality product. For additional brands, outfit ideas, and knowledge on plain t-shirts check out our Men’s Wardrobe Essential – The Plain T-Shirt article. But first, check out my top 5 picks for the men’s t-shirts every man should have in their closet.
Asket The T-Shirt
Comprised of 100% long staple Egyptian cotton, Asket, The T-Shirt ($45) is among the most comfortable and long lasting t-shirts on the market. This heavyweight cotton t-shirt is made from 180g/sqm cotton and features a ribbed neckline, twin-needle stitched hems, and eight different color options. Researching this list, I’ve seen nothing but great reviews for the Asket t-shirts.
Sunspel Men’s Classic T-Shirt
Sunspel, established in England in 1860, is among the oldest producers of t-shirts still in production today. The original t-shirt was created in 1913 when the US Navy replaced the standard-issue shirt with a woolen cropped-sleeve undershirt. Sunspel perfected the art of making these shirts more comfortable than ever before.
The current Sunspel Men’s Class T-Shirt ($90) is made in England using long-staple cotton for amazing softness, lightness, and comfort. Of the T-Shirts in this list, the Sunspel is the most expensive due to the tedious process to create one of these shirts. The cotton is handpicked to ensure quality before being combed to remove imperfections. The fibers are then twisted together to create a strong, smooth thread. That thread is then double spun to remove any remaining imperfections. The effort is well worth it because the resulting product is one of the best if not the best on the market. The Sunspel T-Shirt is as cool today as it was back in the 50s.
J. Crew Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt
The J. Crew Garment-Dyed Slub Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt ($30) is a super soft t-shirt made from garment-dyed slub cotton. Each t-shirt will have a rich slightly imperfect color that will slowly fade over time. Because of the saturated color, J. Crew suggests washing these guys separately or with similarly darker shades to avoid color transfer. As with most J. Crew clothing, size options are x-small to xx-large.
Alex Mill Standard Slub Cotton T-Shirt
Like with J. Crew, Alex Mill has chosen to utilize ultra-soft slub cotton in their men’s plain t-shirts, but the added bonus here is the many style choices for the t-shirt. The Alex Mill Standard Slub Cotton T-Shirt ($55) has been specially washed for softness. The standard style offers vibrant colors, while the heathered style offers a weathered look for more of a vintage look. Sizes range from x-small to x-large and durable construction offers a triple needle stitch rib at the collar for added strength where you need it most.
H&M Crew Neck T-Shirt Regular Fit
Ok, I know a lot of the T-Shirts on this list are fairly expensive. So I wanted to make sure that I offered something for you guys on a budget. I think the H&M Crew Neck T-Shirt Regular Fit ($7) hits the spot. The average shirt costs just under $7 and is a high-quality shirt offered in four color options, white, black, navy, and red with sizes ranging from x-small to xx-large. It should be noted, that according to their style guide, the shirts fit slightly smaller than average. I have a bunch of these guys and they seem to be holding up nicely.
Every man should have many different plain t-shirts ready to wear at all times and finding your right fit is essential to optimal comfort. Take your time and find the right brand for you and use these top 5 brands as your stepping off point for pure, comfortable, style.