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The 15 Best Basic T-Shirts You Can Buy

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The 15 Best Basic T-Shirts You Can Buy

The best plain t-shirts you can buy, from the multi-packs to the one-off grails.

By Gear Patrol May 18, 2021 Gear Patrol

There’s nothing like an old, faded, incredibly comfortable T-shirt . It carries years of stories in its washed-out threads. While it takes years to get there, the process is well worth it.

The best T-shirts are uncomplicated, but because of their simplicity, the smallest details have substantial effects. The material, the knit, the seams, the silhouette, the hem, the neckline all these parts (and more) come together to create a garment that transcends social and economic divisions. So if you invest in a quality tee now our favorites are below you’re sure to be rewarded in coming years, as the garment will just keep getting better.

Best Overall T-Shirt: Los Angeles Apparel 6.5oz T-Shirt

Courtesy 6.5oz T-Shirt Los Angeles Apparel losangelesapparel.net $24.00 SHOP NOW

Made in Los Angeles, this shirt has a 6.5-ounce American-cotton fabric that is garment-dyed with natural enzymes that means it’ll feel broken-in from the first wear. It features a generous fit and high neck line.

Best Upgrade T-Shirt: Outerknown Groovy Pocket Tee

Courtesy Groovy Pocket Tee Outerknown outerknown.com $58.00 SHOP NOW

Made from organic cotton, this shirt is loosely knit for an airy feel which goes well with its relaxed silhouette. The garment-dye process also gives the tee more character.

Best Affordable T-Shirt: Hanes Beefy T

Courtesy Hanes Beefy-T (Pack of 2) Hanes amazon.com $30.00 $11.97 (60% off) SHOP NOW

Hanes has been serving up the beef for decades and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better tee for the price. It's super soft from the get go and has just the right weight to wear as a year-rounder.

Richer Poorer Relaxed Tee

Richer Poorer Relaxed Tee Richer Poorer richer-poorer.com $42.00 SHOP NOW

Richer Poorer's 100 percent cotton tee features dropped shoulders, a relaxed fit through the body and a pigmentation inspired by Shibori dyes that's applied by hand.

Uniqlo U T-Shirt

UNIQLO U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-shirt Uniqlo U uniqlo.com $14.90 SHOP NOW

Uniqlo’s U sublabel is a style hack for fashion fiends. And among the lot of Christoph Lemaire-designed basics, the t-shirt stands out thanks to its thick cotton jersey, bound collar and impeccable fit.

KC Jacks Foundation Shirt

KC Jacks Foundation T-Shirt KC Jacks kcjacks.com $15.99 SHOP NOW

With the backing of military-grade fabric and construction behind it, KC Jacks’ Foundation Short Sleeve Shirt is ready for heavy duty. The collar stays close to the neck, it’s long enough to tuck in, it comes in a range of colors and it’s made right here in The States.

Everlane Organic Cotton Pocket T-Shirt

Everlane Organic Cotton Pocket Tee Everlane everlane.com $18.00 SHOP NOW

This shirt features a midweight cotton knit that is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard. Made in Vietnam, it has a slim fit and single chest pocket.

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee

Huckberry Supima Crew Tee Forty Five huckberry.com $35.00 SHOP NOW

Made in the USA, Forty Five's entry into the tee market uses premium Supima cotton to knit its luscious jersey. It features a classic, vintage-style silhouette and a range of garment-dyed colorways.

Buck Mason Slub Classic Pocket Tee

Buck Mason Black Slub Vintage Pocket Tee Buck Mason buckmason.com $40.00 SHOP NOW

Buck Mason's made a killing with its line of quality tees. Though the curved hem tee is a huge boon for the brand, we prefer the straight-hemmed Slub Classic Pocket Tee. It has a great hand and tons of slubby texture to distance itself from the undershirt fare. It's made in LA and comes in the requisite black and white options, but be sure to look out for its seasonal colorways, too.

Noah Recycled Cotton Tee

Noah Recycled Cotton Tee Noah noahny.com $52.00 SHOP NOW

Noah's premium tee eschews new cotton in favor of 100 percent recycled cotton jersey. It has a decent heft and a buttery hand feel to match.

Velva Sheen T-Shirt

End Clothing Plain Tee (2 Pack) Velva Sheen endclothing.com $99.00 SHOP NOW

Made in America with traditional vintage construction, this t-shirt has a classic silhouette and ribbed neck. The style runs small, so order up one size when purchasing.

3sixteen Heavyweight Plain T-Shirt

3Sixteen Heavyweight T-shirt (2 Pack) 3sixteen 3sixteen.com $95.00 SHOP NOW

This shirt is cut and sewn in San Francisco and features a triple-needle coverstitched collar. According to the brand, the shirt will shrink 1 inch in the chest and 2 inches in the length after the first wash size accordingly.

Jungmaven Jung Tee

Jungmaven Jung Tee Jungmaven jungmaven.com $50.00 SHOP NOW

Made from a 5-ounce blend of hemp and organic cotton, this shirt is textured and drapey. The garment-dyed style features a classic fit and relaxed neckline.

Lady White Co. Athens T-Shirt

Lady White Co. Athens T-Shirt Lady White Co. ladywhiteco.com $99.00 SHOP NOW

Cut, sewn and knit in Los Angeles, this pre-shrunk shirt has tubular construction (so there are no side seams). It is made with American cotton and features reinforced seams throughout.

Reigning Champ T-Shirt

Nordstrom Pima Jersey T- Shirt Reigning Champ huckberry.com $38.98 SHOP NOW

Made in Canada, this shirt has a classic fit and ribbed crew neck. Of note: subtle branding on the left size seam and exposed seam stitching.

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