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Stay Cool This Summer With the 11 Best T-Shirts for Men

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Eduardo Dutra

T-shirts are the foundation of every wardrobe. They’re ubiquitous, and in fact, you’re probably wearing one right now. And yet in the hustle of our busy lives, we rarely think much about them. How they fit, feel, and look are all important factors when considering where to buy the style equivalent of man’s best friend. Of course, there’s always cost to consider as well.

T-shirts — not to be confused with undershirts, the kind that come in two-packs — were invented around the turn of the 20th century by factory workers who cut off their sleeves to stay cool. Today, the tee is equal parts fashion statement and everyday necessity. But buying the right one can leave you feeling and looking better. Choose one of these cool, comfortable tees with your jeans for a timeless look or pair with your favorite pair of shorts. Here are the best T-shirts for men.

Cuts Crew Curve-Hem

Since launching its label earlier this year, Cuts has quickly established itself as a purveyor of quality basics at affordable price points like this versatile T-shirt, which fits like a dream, and features a proprietary fabric that’s wrinkle resistant.

Maison Kitsuné Fox Head Patch Classic T-Shirt

Maison Kitsuné Fox Head Patch Classic T-Shirt

Parisian brand Maison Kitsuné specializes in handsomely tailored, yet understated staples, and this sleek T-shirt is no exception. Stylish enough to be worn on its own, the shirt features the brand’s signature fox head logo, and can elevate any look, whether you’re wearing your favorite sweatpants or sneakers.

Daily Paper Tie Dye Repeat T-Shirt

Daily Paper Tie Dye Repeat T-Shirt

Tie Dye has one of the most ubiquitous patterns this summer, and if you’re looking to stay on trend, cop one of these tie-dye tees from beloved streetwear brand Daily Paper. Even better, these tops are sustainably made using vegetable dies and feature 100% cotton.

Todd Snyder + Champion Basic Jersey Tee

Todd Snyder + Champion Basic Jersey Tee

The master of menswear is still the brain behind one of the best longstanding collabs: Todd Snyder x Champion. This supersoft staple has the right weight and feel — cool enough to wear under a shirt or all on its own.

Uniqlo Airism Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

Uniqlo Airism Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

These light-as-air shirts are the thinnest on this list. They’re so light that they feel like, well, air. They’re also very affordable and the only all-synthetic style, a testament to its comfort and value.

Richer Poorer Relaxed Tee

Richer Poorer Men’s Relaxed Tee

If you like a roomier tee, this is one to consider. It has a more relaxed cut and dropped shoulder seams for a slouchier fit. Get one in a solid color or the brand’s subtly cool cloud wash.

Muji Organic Cotton Jersey T-Shirt

Simple. Reliable. Utilitarian. That’s how you can describe just about anything Muji. The company’s tees are a reliable everyday basic that feel great and definitely won’t break the bank.

Levi’s Made and Crafted Pocket Tee Shirt

Levi’s Made & Crafted Pocket Tee Shirt

If you love Levi’s, you’ll love its sub-brand that applies thoughtful design and construction to make elevated clothes that feel great and are made to last. Its cool pocket tee is a hint that you can definitely wear it on its own.

General Issue S/S Tee

General Issue S/S Tee

Did someone say cashmere? This tee is infused with just a bit of this fine fiber for a simple, elevated experience. Roll the sleeves twice for a cool touch that isn’t trying too hard.

Alternative Heavyweight Recycled Cotton Pocket T-Shirt

Alternative Heavyweight Recycled Cotton Pocket T-Shirt

If you prefer a shirt with some heft to it, this thick cotton tee is the one for you. It’s cool, comfortable, and is one of my favorite fits on this list.

Majestic Filatures V-Neck T-Shirt

Majestic Filatures V-Neck T-Shirt

This Paris-based brand makes possibly my favorite T-shirt in the world. Its super soft material has just the right amount of stretch and the fit is second to none. Buy one, and you might never be able to go back to two-pack tees again.

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