What to Look for in a Great Men’s White T-Shirt

Be a sharp-dressed man in a simple tee.

Guy in a white tee shirt gazing out
Kick back in a classic.Pixabay

A great white tee is a must have. Here’s what to look for to make sure you’ll love the next one—or two or three—that you buy.

Carhartt Men's K87 Workwear Pocket Short Sleeve T-Shirt (Regular and Big & Tall Sizes)
Cotton/polyester blend for softness and strength; generous fit for comfort and movement.Carhartt

Before you buy your next white tee, take a look at the material it’s made from. Combed cotton, in which the fibers are specially treated before being spun into yarn, is expensive but built to last. Pima and supima cotton don’t fade or stretch easily, and they retain their softness longer. Cotton is breathable and light, while polyester promises resilience and fewer wrinkles—a T-shirt made from a cotton and polyester blend combines the best of both fabrics.

Hanes Men's 5-Pack X-Temp Comfort Cool Crewneck Undershirt
Not your usual cotton tee, this one is silkier and made from sweat-wicking rayon and polyester fabric.Hanes

Cotton keeps you relatively cool by absorbing sweat from your body—unfortunately that can sometimes leave visible stains and discoloration over time. T-shirts made from rayon and polyester blends, on the other hand, absorb wetness without staining. They don’t feel the same as a traditional cotton tee, though. Rayon and polyester fabric is slippier and feels more like activewear.

Fruit of the Loom Men's Stay Tucked V-Neck T-Shirt
A 90 percent cotton, 10 percent polyester blend for durability and comfort.Fruit of the Loom

Here’s the thing about a good v-neck: Not only is it a cooler cut that gives the region between your head and your torso a bit more breathing room, but it also creates the optical illusion of a longer neck and stays hidden under button downs or sweaters.

Amazon Essentials Men's 2-Pack Slim-Fit Short-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Tag-free neckline and 100 percent cotton construction.Amazon Essentials

A few rules about fit: Classic fit T-shirts are generally boxy, with plenty of room, while slim-fit tees are meant to cling and provide less bulk under other shirts. No matter which fit you prefer, sleeves should extend to about mid-bicep, and they should lightly hug your arms. Meanwhile, the perfect drape for most guys allows you to pinch two inches of fabric on either side of your stomach.

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