What to Look for in a Great Men’s White T-Shirt
Be a sharp-dressed man in a simple tee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.