Nothing quite says menswear essential like the humble t-shirt. You could have the world’s best collection of jeans, for example, but they’d be nothing without a suitably stylish t-shirt to pair them with. The versatility and relative affordability of t-shirts means they can be worn in countless ways, and in virtually any scenario, although the cocktail dress code may be a bit of a stretch.
With that said, the rules of how to wear t-shirts are rather simple. Start with the basic colours like white, black, grey and navy and you’ll have solid foundations for a versatile wardrobe, being able to pair them with just about anything from jackets to knitwear to hoodies to blazers to collared shirts. Once you’ve nailed that you can start playing around with prints, patterns, detailing and materials to really establish your own personal look.
When it comes to buying t-shirts, however, it’s not just as simple as going into a store, picking some up and walking away. At least, not if you don’t want to have to keep making repeat trips due to your chosen t-shirts not being of good quality, or the correct fit.
Signs Of Quality T-Shirts
With most brands from budget right through to designer labels sourcing their t-shirts – or at least, the cotton to make their t-shirts – from China and other major regions of clothing manufacture, determining the quality of your t-shirts isn’t always the easiest of tasks.
Fortunately, you have DMARGE on your side, and here are our top tips regarding what to look out for next time you go t-shirt shopping.
Feel The Fabric
- A t-shirt’s softness will be indicated by the number of natural fibres used. This information can usually be found on the label. Obviously, you can just feel the t-shirt, but let it be known that a super soft t-shirt in-store may diminish after a few washes.
- Those after quality should lookout for a 100% cotton tee, especially if you’re in the market for printed t-shirts, as the prints will tend to display better on them.
- A jersey t-shirt is also a fantastic option. You’ll guaranteed stretch and comfort, as well as breathability with a jersey t-shirt.
- Blended synthetic tees (usually those on the more budget end of the scale) have the issue of ageing at a different rate to pure 100% materials, and this may tarnish the look slightly.
- Full polyester t-shirts, on the other hand, will be terrible for moisture-wicking sweat from your body and breathability on the whole. They are, however, better for water resistance, so choose materials based on your requirements.
- Bear in mind that a 100% cotton t-shirt doesn’t necessarily mean high quality as there is both low-end and high-end cotton; try to go for organic cotton, Supima cotton, cotton jersey, or slub cotton.
Check The Weave
A tighter weave will mean your t-shirt will last longer, being able to retain its quality following multiple wears and washes. One misconception of a tighter weave is that it will equate to a heavier t-shirt, yet this isn’t the case, as a t-shirt’s fabric density is independent of the t-shirt’s weight or thickness.
With regards to the weight of a t-shirt, this information should also be displayed on the label, and will most commonly be measured in ounces (Oz) or grams per square metre (GSM). The higher the number, the heavier the t-shirt, with the heaviest weight you can expect to find being around 300gsm, making it more suitable for colder months.
If it’s a short sleeve t-shirt for Summer you’re after, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for t-shirts in the 130-150gsm range, as these fabrics will be lighter and cooler.
Check The Stitching Quality
Stitching quality is a tell-tale sign of a t-shirt’s quality. Look out for any loose threads as a sign of poor construction. A higher stitch count also means the garment should be stronger and will last longer. Stitching at the seams is also an important factor to consider when it comes to the amount of stretch your t-shirt is able to undergo.
If you want a t-shirt to have some stretch to it so that it feels more comfortable during wear, then the stitching will also need to stretch with the fabric. You don’t want to be in a situation when you need to swing your arms, for example, and find that the stitching holding the sleeves to the main body prevent you from achieving your full range of movement.
Different Fits And Styles
There’s an array of fits and styles of men’s tees, but the most classic style is a slim fit crew neck t-shirt. However, you can get a relaxed fit if you want something super comfortable. You can get a regular fit if you’re uncomfortable with having a t-shirt cling to you like a slim fit, but you don’t want it to swamp you like a relaxed fit.
If you’re not fond of the crew neck t-shirt because it feels restrictive around your neck, you can go for a scoop neck or a v neck. You can also get a pocket tee if you like having a little extra storage for your everyday essentials. We recommend getting short sleeves but also at least one long sleeve tee, so you’re covered for cooler weather.
The best men’s t-shirt is what you feel comfortable in; so decide what style you like best in terms of both comfort and aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for a crewneck tee, v-neck tee, or scoop neck tee, long-sleeve t-shirt or short sleeve t-shirt, these are the brands for men to know if you want the best t-shirts on the market, in your wardrobe.
Men’s T-Shirt FAQ
What are the best men's T shirts?
Everlane, James Pearse, and Orlebar Brown make some of the best men's tees on the market; whether you're after a cotton t-shirt, jersey t-shirt, a cotton jersey blend, a crew tee, or a pocket tee, these brands are the place to go to find the best t-shirt for your needs.
What colour T shirts should a man own?
A white t-shirt is a must-have in a man's wardrobe, but grey and black are also t-shirt colour staples. The best men's wardrobe would ideally consist of white, grey, black, navy and one 'fun' bright colour for optimal versatility.
How many T shirts should a man have?
When it comes to shirts for men, they should have no less than five t-shirts in their wardrobe. They should be replaced roughly every 12 months due to wearing and fading.
- How To Wear A T-Shirt
- Best Men’s Polo Shirt Brands To Buy Right Now
- The Best Australian Online Fashion Stores
Away from its gym and athletic range, Rhone also has a collection of everyday clothing, which includes the Element Tee. Available in crew and v-neck styles, the Element is made from a soft and highly durable Pima cotton and benefits from SilverTech to help banish odour, meaning you can wear it multiple days in a row. Cut to a perfect slim fit too, the Element could be the only t-shirt you ever need.
Mott & Bow
Mott & Bow have a great range of t-shirts that come in different sleeve lengths and are available in round neck and v neck styles. All tees are made from 100% combed cotton, and come in almost any colour you could want. Mott & Bow tees are seriously stylish and comfortable, and will last you a long time.
Ministry of Supply
Their range of t-shirts include merino knits for ultimate softness, and coffee-infused tees to absorb odour. All of Ministry of Supply's will make an excellent addition to any wardrobe.
Bonobos tees are oh so soft, and are available in slim and standard fits that will make you look cool and casual (never sloppy though!). They’ve got classic colours, white, black, grey, navy, but also have bolder colours, stripes, and unique graphic tees if you’re after something a bit more fun.
Frank And Oak
The label's Made In L.A. t-shirt, is as the name suggests, made in the Californian city. Fabricated from a premium cotton jersey, Todd's tee lends itself to being dressed up or down, depending on the situation you find yourself in. Available in a multitude of colours, this cotton jersey tee is a superb capsule piece.
Flint & Tinder
The brand's premium slub cotton t-shirt is made from a slub cotton jersey fabric that is the result of a year's worth of development. Incredibly comfortable and offering up what could be considered a perfect fit, it could well become your new favourite; honestly their range are some of the best t-shirts available.
s natural properties, the brand's t-shirts are odour resistant, moisture wicking, and highly breathable, so will keep you cool and dry incredibly quickly. Three major boxes ticked for t-shirts.
These cotton crew tees look great too, and are available in the essential colours.
Their range of men’s tees are super soft, featherlight, and breathable with slim and regular fits. Available in a variety of both classic and bold colours, a Pact tee will make you look and feel good because they’re stylish, comfortable, and sustainably made.
Los Angeles Apparel
Talentless has a huge range of men’s t-shirts in both plain block colours and printed graphics. Made with premium fabrics and with multiple fits on offer, Talentless has extremely cool tees that’ll last you for years to come.
CDLP’s large range of t-shirts are all designed with relaxed cuts and precise tailoring. Made of a unique blend of lyocell and pima cotton, and available in a great range of colours.
Public Rec has a huge range of men’s t-shirts all in a relaxed fit. Available in multiple colours and both in crew neck and v neck options, all of Public Rec’s tees are wrinkle resistant, moisture wicking, and highly breathable.