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 10 best undershirts for men, broken into several categories: affordable, beefy, tech and high-end.

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.

1. Fruit Of The Loom Men's Stay Tucked Crew T-Shirt

6 plain white undershirts from Fruit of the Loom.

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...

2. Amazon Essentials Men's Crewneck Undershirts

A man wearing an Amazon Essentials crew neck undershirt.

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.

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.

3. Kirkland Signature

A 6-pack of Kirkland Signature Tees

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.

4. Pro Club Heavyweight Cotton Short Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt

A man wearing the Pro Club Heavyweight Cotton T Shirt

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.

5. Uniqlo Heattech‍

A man wearing a gray, long-sleeved Uniqlo heattech 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.

6. Uniqlo AIRism‍

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. 

7. Hanes Men's 5-Pack X-Temp Comfort Cool Crewneck Undershirt

6-pack from Hanes Comfort Cool

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.

8. Thompson Tees Sweatproof Undershirt with Underarm Sweat Pads

An upclose image of the moisture blocking pad in the armpit of the Thompson Tee.

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.

9. Calvin Klein Men's Body Modal Short Sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt

A man wearing a tight-fitting olive t-shirt from Calvin Klein.

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).

10. Lululemon 5 Year Basic Tee

The Lululemon 5 Year Basic Tee in black.

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).

So there you have it - the 10 best undershirts for men. We suggest that you update your undershirts every few months. No one wants to be the guy with that yellowing undershirt clearly visible underneath your work shirts.

If you want something classic and affordable, you can’t go wrong with Fruit of the Loom, Hanes or Amazon Essentials. If you want to beef it up a bit, check out Kirkland Signature. If tech is your thing, we can’t recommend Uniqlo enough. If you sweat through everything, try out Thompson Tees. And if you’re the type of man who enjoys the finer things, reach for Calvin Klein or Lululemon.

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Nov 18, 2019
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