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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 19 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.

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.

3. Pact Stretch Fit Crew Undershirt

Pact Stretch Fit Crew Undershirt

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.

4. Mack Wheldon 18 Hour Jersey Rib Tank

Mack Wheldon 18 Hour Jersey Rib Tank

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.

5. Hanes Nano-T® Men’s Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Hanes Nano-T® Men’s Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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. 

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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).

13. 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).

14. L.L. Bean Men’s Silk Underwear, Crewneck

L.L. Bean Men’s Silk Underwear, Crewneck

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.

15. Spanx Cotton Compression Crew Neck

Spanx Cotton Compression Crew Neck

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. 

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. 

16. Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Fit 3-Pack V-Neck

Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Fit 3-Pack V-Neck T-Shirt

Soft, breathable, made from 100% cotton, the Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Fit V-Neck is pretty much everything you could want in an undershirt.

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 

17. Tani SilkCut V-Neck

Tani SilkCut V Neck

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.

18. Lacoste 100% Cotton V-Neck

Lacoste 100% Cotton V Neck T-Shirt

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.  

19. Tommy John Air Deep V-Neck Stay Tucked Undershirt

Tommy John Air Deep V-Neck Stay Tucked Undershirt

Want a V-neck with a longer length that you can tuck in? The Tommy John Air Deep V-Neck Stay Tucked Undershirt is a bit pricey at $58, but it’s loaded with features that you won’t find in a basic tee.

This quick-drying tee is made in anti-microbial air mesh fabric, providing a slim, stretch fit that hugs the body without feeling tight. Plus, the V-neck is extra deep, so you can leave a few buttons unbuttoned and not have to worry about your undershirt peeking through.

So there you have it - the 19 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.

The 19 best undershirts for men: 

  1. Fruit of the Loom Stay Tucked T
  2. Amazon Essentials Crewneck Undershirts
  3. Pact Stretch Fit Crew Undershirt
  4. Mack Wheldon 18 Hour Jersey Rib Tank
  5. Hanes Nano-T Men’s Long Sleeve T-Shirt
  6. Kirkland Signature
  7. Pro Club Heavyweight T-Shirt
  8. Uniqlo Heattech
  9. Uniqlo AIRism
  10. Hanes Comfort Cool
  11. Thompson Tee Sweatproof Undershirt
  12. Calvin Klein Body Modal Shirt
  13. Lululemon 5 Year Basic Tee
  14. L.L.Bean Men’s Silk Underwear, Crewneck
  15. Spanx Cotton Compression Crew Neck
  16. Calvin Klein Cotton Classic Fit V-Neck
  17. Tani SilkCut V-Neck
  18. Lacoste 100% Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt
  19. Tommy John Air Deep V-Neck Stay Tucked Under‍

You might also be interested in: The 16 Best Men’s Tech Pants for Travel and Everyday Wear

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