From businessmen to surfers, repair men to servers, there are countless looks and ways to dress for today’s man. But no matter who you are or what you do, there’s one article of clothing found in every man’s closet — the t-shirt.
Second perhaps only to a pair of jeans, the basic tee is a staple of American style. We all have our favorites that stay folded until a night out on the town, and the everyday tees that never see the inside of a closet, but instead commute between our bodies and the floor.
As ubiquitous as the t-shirt is, everyone wants one that’s original, unique, eye-catching. The following list features our favorite t-shirt companies. From sports tees to funny tees to vintage, you can’t go wrong with these shirts.
For high-quality, retro-looking tees, there’s just nobody better than Homage. Their wheelhouse is sports team logos so old they look new again, but the Midwesterners among us will especially appreciate the “local flavor” collections that feature iconic eateries, concerts, and general hometown pride from a handful of Rust Belt cities.
Release your inner outlaw with the raw grit of Bandit Brand’s tee collection. These designer tees sport the kind of terse sentence fragments that Clint Eastwood murmurs in his sleep, rendered in typefaces hard enough to give punks a bloody nose. Despite their undeniable gritty edge, these tees feel whisper-soft against your skin. If you’re going to wake up on a cold floor with a banging hangover and your fist clutching the neck of a whiskey bottle, this is the tee to do it in.
6 Dollar Shirts
Perfect for those nights when you’ve reached your limit and your friends have sent you home in a cab, 6 Dollar Shirts offers a slew of snarky slogans and pop culture references to keep you chuckling at the inside jokes until you pass out. While the goofy cartoons and meta commentaries are top-notch, our personal pick would be the “official” tees of imaginary organizations from iconic 90s film and TV (e.g., Callahan Auto Parts, Vandelay Industries, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers). Did we mention they’re only $6 each? Go ahead, fill up that cart.
This growing catalog of sartorial advocacy only gets better with time. The Parks Project collection of tees now features 50 different national parks, landmarks, and natural wonders, rendered in reverentially minimalist graphics. As if you needed another reason to overspend your t-shirt budget, every purchase helps fund park conservancies, camp scholarships, and other outdoor preservation initiatives around the country.
Old School Tees
If you’ve spent your adult life pining for the box of your dad’s college memorabilia that your mom dropped off at the Salvation Army, good news. Old School Tees has brought the 70s back with a vengeance. Scan your favorite throwback TV shows, pay homage to the glory days of your childhood sports heroes, or show your lifetime support for your favorite beer. And if you’re looking for an obscure band shirt, Old School Tees has everyone from Mott the Hoople to Miles Davis, from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Snoop Dogg.
The oldest of the old-school tee shops (est. 2004), Headline specializes in the graphic that makes people look twice. (“Wait…what does that guy’s t-shirt say?”) They’re the go-to for classics like Da Vinci Rock Man and Leisure Bear, as well as all things featuring sloths, Sasquatch, or Jesus. And nobody does a deep literary or historical witticism like Headline. (Never thought you’d wear a shirt with a giant cockroach on it? You will when it features the line, “I woke up like this. —Kafka.”) If you like your funny tee slathered with a thick, velvety layer of intelligence, this is where you get off.
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