As a man, you can never have enough undershirts.
They’re as classic as blue jeans and apple pie, but they also serve a function.
For some men, undershirts are necessary to hide pit stains. For others, they are useful for hiding nipples underneath a thin dress shirt (it sounds strange, but try a heather gray undershirt with a white dress shirt for maximum camouflage).
They’re also great for comfort. You can wear them under your flannel shirt for additional warmth or lounge in them all day with a pair of sweats.
Whatever your needs, we’ve designed a list of the 21 best undershirts for men, broken into several categories: affordable, beefy, tech, high-end and V-neck.
Isn’t it time you threw out those off-white undershirts and replaced them with something a little better?
The Best “Affordable” Undershirts for Men
Let’s be real, for most men, there’s absolutely no need to break the bank for t-shirts that will only be worn under other shirts. If price is your number one concern, check out these affordable and dependable crew necks.
The Fruit of the Loom Stay Tucked T-Shirts are classic, 100% cotton shirts at an affordable price. They’re also slightly longer than a typical t-shirt, so they stay tucked in. If you don’t plan on tucking in your undershirts, then skip this one. You don’t want to be one of those guys with a t-shirt hanging out from the bottom of your t-shirt…
As you probably know by now, Amazon has their own line of clothing basics (aptly named “Essentials”) that offer decent quality at a great price. The Amazon Essentials Crewneck Undershirts come in a pack of 6 for less than 20 bucks. There’s really nothing special about them, and that’s why we like them.
Making a point to only wear sustainable, eco-friendly fabrics? If so, the Pact Stretch Fit Crew Undershirt is the one you want.
These aren’t your six for $20 tees (a four-pack will cost you $50) but if you care about sustainable fashion, the premium price is to be expected. This Pact undershirt made from certified organic cotton and feature a fitted body with a crew neckline and a tuck-in length.
If you only have one tank top in your wardrobe, it should be the Mack Wheldon 18 Hour Jersey Rib Tank. It’s super soft in a cotton/modal blend, and the stretchy rib design never loses its shape or stretches out beneath your other shirt.
Don’t knock a tanktop undershirt until you try it!
On those really cold days when you need an extra layer, the Hanes Nano-T Men’s Long Sleeve T-Shirt will be your go-to undershirt. It fits and feels just like your favorite crew neck tee, just with long sleeves.
This long-sleeve undershirt features a slim fit and a straight hem so you can wear it beneath any button-down shirt or sweater.
The Best “Beefy” Undershirts for Men
If you’re looking for a more heavyweight undershirt, the next two options are for you. Beefy undershirts are great because they provide additional warmth in the colder months, and they are just plain comfortable.
Heavier undershirts are also ideal if you plan to wear them on their own (with no overshirt). Style them with a pair of Levis and leather boots, and you’ll have a timeless look that’s both classic and modern.
If you have a Costco membership, you’re already familiar with the greatness that is Kirkland Signature. Their white t-shirts have reached a near-mythical status and are popular among streetwear aficionados, construction workers, and everyone in between.
These shirts are so revered because they are super sturdy. They won’t lose their shape after a couple of washes, and you don’t have to worry about ripping them easily.
The other brand we wanted to include here was Gildan, but after reading numerous reviews questioning their quality control (which is a bummer, because we’re big fans of the heavy cotton tees), we decided to pick another heavyweight favorite. The Pro Club Heavyweight T-Shirt seems to fill the void, even though they are slightly more expensive.
The Best “Tech” Undershirts for Men
All of the shirts we’ve covered so far are 100% cotton, which is great for the environment, but not so great if you sweat a lot. If you’re looking for something that will keep you cool and dry, check out these “tech” versions of the classic undershirt.
Uniqlo Heattech undershirts are a lifesaver in the winter. They are super thin, but also super warm, allowing you to skip the bulky winter jacket while remaining nice and toasty. Seriously, trust us on this one. These are awesome.
You might be more familiar with the David Archy men’s underwear line, but their undershirt game is strong too. Made of bamboo rayon and spandex, these Micro Modal V-Neck Undershirts are more slim fit that your average undershirt.
This v-neck is quick drying, tagless and could definitely be worn as a regular shirt or an undershirt. It comes in a multipack of three so you have a dirty one, be wearing one and have one on deck. It also comes in black if you are interested in a darker undershirt.
Uniqlo AIRism shirts are on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to the Heattech line. These ultra-thin synthetic shirts wick sweat and kill odors, keeping you cool, dry and smelling fresh in even the hottest conditions.
When it comes to undershirts, Hanes is one of the most popular brands out there, and their Comfort Cool line is a great modern take on their staple undershirt. The 60/40 rayon and polyester wick away moisture while keeping its shape in the wash.
If you always sweat through your undershirts and dress shirts, it’s time to call in the heavy artillery. The Thompson Tee Sweatproof Undershirt stays true to its name and features fully-integrated underarm sweat pads that are “guaranteed to stop 100% of armpit sweat.”
The Best “High-End” Undershirts for Men
If money is no object (or if you are very particular about your undershirts), check out these high-end undershirts from some of our favorite designer brands. Is this worth it to spend $50 on an undershirt? We’ll let you be the judge of that.
Calvin Klein is already notorious for their underwear line, so it only makes sense that they also produce top-of-the-line undershirts to match. The Calvin Klein Body Modal shirt features a 50% Cotton, 50% Spandex blend that ensures this will be one of the softest, most comfortable shirts you’ve ever put on.
The spandex also makes it pretty form-fitting, so size up if you don’t want to accentuate that growing beer belly (we’re not judging you).
From the makers of everyone’s favorite yoga pants comes your new favorite t-shirt. The Lululemon 5 Year Basic Tee brings a high-end twist to the classic t-shirt. Featuring the brands proprietary Vitasea™ Fabric (which is a blend of Pima cotton, Lyocell and Added Lycra®), it is not only super comfortable but durable as well.
The 5 Year Basic Tee doesn’t have to be relegated to “undershirt” only; it’s perfectly acceptable to wear on its own (maybe pair them with Lululemon’s amazingly awesome ABC Pants).
Whether you’re climbing a mountain or playing football in the snow, the L.L.Bean Men’s Silk Underwear, Crewneck is the base layer you’ll find yourself wearing over and over again. Lightweight without being bulky, this undershirt is made from 100% silk and has a slim fit and a soft feel. At $49.95, you can expect all-day comfort.
Yes, Spanx makes garments for men. So if you want to look slimmer, smoother, and better in your clothes, it’s time to invest in the Spanx Cotton Compression Crew Neck.
Designed to compress and support your gut and chest, this undershirt will set you back $58. But the fact that it includes lumbar support to give you better posture makes it worth the investment.
If you’re not used to wearing compression garments (and most men aren’t) it might take a little getting used to. Why? Because it can’t do its job unless it fits really tight.
Sizing: S -4XL
While the Tommy John shirts on our list are definitely not the cheapest undershirt option, their second skin crew neck is a best seller for a reason. With its memory collar and patented untucked design, you will never want to take this off. You might even forget you are wearing it because its soft and snug fit.
These undershirts will also keep their shape no matter how many washes you put them through, which is more than you can say for a standard cotton t-shirt. While they aren’t offered in multipacks they do have a large range in sizing.
The Best V-Neck Undershirts for Men
If you don’t already have a few V-necks in your wardrobe, you’re seriously missing out. Sure, crew necks are the go-to undershirt, but it’s wise to have a few V-necks too, especially if you like to leave a button or two unbuttoned.
The All Citizen Deep V actually comes in two different V options a high V or a deep V depending on what you need.
It is super breathable and moisture-wicking with its mesh breathe zones. Reviewers claim its hard to tell you are even wearing a shirt with how well these v-neck tees fit.
If you only wear V-necks on occasion, buy the assorted color pack so you have a layer to wear under white, light, and dark shirts
At $75 a pop, the Tani SilkCut V-Neck isn’t cheap, but it feels super luxe. Made with Micro Modal AIR fabric, it’s super thin, lightweight, stretchy, and form-fitting. Plus, it naturally wicks away moisture so you’ll feel cool and dry all day long.
If you’re not into the slim fit, just order a size up.
Detailed with a signature alligator patch at the hem, the Lacoste 100% Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt is the V-neck you can wear beneath your button-downs or on its own. It’s tagless, super soft, and undeniably comfortable.
As far as deep v-neck undershirts go, this one is the best.
How To Pick The Perfect Undershirt
Below are a few things to keep in mind when buying a new undershirt.
Cotton undershirts are pretty popular, but we’d always suggest a blend. This tends to offer a bit more stretch as well as structure. Spandex and other synthetics can be good for moisture-wicking.
Make sure to check the tag on the recommended wash and dry instructions if you are trying out a new material.
From cotton crew necks to tech tees to tank undershirts, there is a neckline for pretty much anything. You can go for a regular v-neck or a deep v is that is something you want too, which gives you more flexibility with your shirt on top.
Your undershirt neckline is really a personal preference.
Some undershirts are designed with a boxier fit while others are slim cut. Find out which fit and style you like best. If you are trying a new brand it is always good to read a few reviews if you are concerned with the fit. Depending on the cut you might need to size up or down in different brands.
You can also read the FAQ section on the website and see if they offer exchanges or returns if the size you get doesn’t fit the way you like.
White is the most common color of undergarments, however, some companies offer grey, black and navy. Don’t be afraid to switch it up! You can never go wrong with white, but why not try about something different and see if you like it better?
So there you have it – the 21 best men’s undershirts. We suggest that you update your undershirts every few months. From crew neck collars to tanks to v-necks there is something for everyone on this list. And this nice thing about undershirts is you can usually purchase them in bulk so you always have a fresh one on deck.
No one wants to be the guy with that yellowing undershirt clearly visible underneath your work shirts (or any shirt for that matter).
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The 21 best undershirts for men:
- Fruit of the Loom Stay Tucked T
- Amazon Essentials Crewneck Undershirts
- Pact Stretch Fit Crew Undershirt
- Mack Wheldon 18 Hour Jersey Rib Tank
- Hanes Nano-T Men’s Long Sleeve T-Shirt
- Kirkland Signature
- Pro Club Heavyweight T-Shirt
- Uniqlo Heattech
- David Archy Micro Modal V-Neck Undershirt
- Uniqlo AIRism
- Hanes Comfort Cool
- Thompson Tee Sweatproof Undershirt
- Calvin Klein Body Modal Shirt
- Lululemon 5 Year Basic Tee
- L.L.Bean Men’s Silk Underwear, Crewneck
- Spanx Cotton Compression Crew Neck
- Tommy John Second Skin Crew Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt 2.0
- All Citizen AirWeight Undershirt Deep V
- Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Fit V-Neck
- Tani SilkCut V-Neck
- Lacoste 100% Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt
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