Best Basic Men's T-Shirts - IMBOLDN
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Comfort begins with a feeling. It’s a big bonus if it also happens to look good, but the bottom line is you can’t truly feel confident in your clothes if the fabric is itchy or the fit isn’t right. Where the most basic of all wardrobe staples is concerned, it’s no challenge snapping up styles that look and feel phenomenal. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite easy tees. These are the effortless companions you can wear anywhere and everywhere, from the beach or the gym to casual Friday at the office or a laid-back date night with someone special. Here’s what we love right now.

Wellen Hemp Tee

Breathable, lightweight, and effortless, the Wellen Hemp Tee lives up to all the hype in more ways than one. You’ll find it in an array of colors that integrate nicely into your wardrobe, whether you’re all about a crisp white or prefer a nautical navy. The blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton makes it easy for you to take your wardrobe in a more sustainable direction. It’s extra soft and highly durable, too, so you can expect it to last through multiple wears and washes. Bonus points for hemp being naturally antibacterial—you’ll stay fresher on those steamy days.


Forty Five Slub Pocket Tee

Ask any true music lover and they’ll endlessly extol the virtues of vinyl 45s. In their heyday, they were everything. It was with that mindset that the Forty Five Slub Pocket Tee was born. The label channels the same innovative spirit as its namesake, while the tee is as classic as you might expect. It’s as much a timeless keepsake as the vinyl you inherited from generations past, featuring simple accents like a front chest pocket and an innate versatility that’s great for anything from khakis to denim.


Proof 72-Hour Merino Pocket Tee

Whether you’re trapped somewhere for three days without a change of clothes (the horror!) or you’re, well, feeling a little lazy, at least you can say you’re covered in the Proof 72-Hour Merino Pocket Tee. While we don’t actually recommend never changing your top, we do believe this fantastic addition to your closet lives up to its promise. It’s designed to stay comfortable and fresh (read: odor-proof) for up to three days. The merino wool fabric pulls moisture from the skin and helps regulate body temperatures. Bare minimum: everyone should have at least one in their closet.


Everlane The Organic Cotton V-Neck Tee

You can’t argue with the classic appeal that is the V-neck. In the Everlane The Organic Cotton V-Neck Tee, you’ll feel just a little more refined, a little more polished, and a little more ready for anything that the day brings. Sure, inherently it’s as casual as any T-shirt, but the V-neckline dresses up the style considerably. Slip it on beneath your favorite structured sports coat for a nonchalantly pulled together vibe. Even with regular wearing and washing, you can expect the organic cotton to become even softer over time.


RicherPoorer Weighted Organic Cotton Tee

Anywhere you can afford to be sustainable in life, take the chance. That’s a good enough reason to invest in the RicherPoorer Weighted Organic Cotton Tee. It’s made with 100% organic cotton and features minimal ladder stitching. Even with a quick glance you can see that this is no ordinary shirt—it’s heavier weight at 180 gsm, so it’s thicker and denser than your average tee. Minimal water was used to produce the top, making it about as eco-friendly as any casual shirt can possibly be.


Everybody World Natural Dye Recycled Cotton Classic Trash Tee

All natural? All good. The Everybody World Natural Dye Recycled Cotton Classic Trash Tee takes sustainability to the next level. It’s made with 100% recycled cotton and 100% natural dye. Available in a few bright and peppy colors, the shirts bear a certain patina that will change naturally with time. The more you wash and wear it, the more it will take on its own unique appearance. The casual fit is an added bonus—you’ll love wearing it anywhere from casual hangs with your crew to family brunches.


Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee

What’s not to love about a shirt that possesses that inherently lived-in quality? The Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee is dyed in small batches and rinsed with natural enzymes to generate the slight nuances in color that lend each a one-of-a-kind appearance. Available in a multitude of colors in the label’s signature Venice Wash, this tee looks fantastic with a variety of bottoms. Throw them on with your darkest of blue jeans for sharp contrast in texture and finish, or rock them with loose-fit jersey shorts for an ultra-casual look.


Outerknown Groovy Pocket Tee

The shirt you choose when you have “nothing to wear” should be the one you turn to for a lifetime. You’ll continuously come back to the Outerknown Groovy Pocket Tee whenever you need something reliable, easy to wear, and comfortable. It’s available in all kinds of colors, from the softest of sky blues to the warmest of tans, and brings some soft, effortless style to your wardrobe. From day one you’ll appreciate the feel of its 100% organic cotton material and the simple, relaxed silhouette.


KOTN Essential Crew

Everyone needs at least one. The KOTN Essential Crew checks that box that’s probably been unfilled for quite a while—largely because it’s pretty tough to find the best crew neck out there. This one has everything going for it, from a slim and flattering fit to a sublimely simple rounded neckline. Made with 100% cotton jersey fabric, it also happens to feel sinfully soft to the touch. You can even snap one up in a longer length if you prefer the extra coverage.


Everlane The Organic Cotton Pocket Tee

Easy does it in the Everlane The Organic Cotton Pocket Tee. Think of this as the go-to choice for the guy who has it all. It’s simple, it’s sustainable, and it goes with everything—so you can be sure he’ll use it over and over again. The midweight shirt is designed to hold up beautifully through wear after wear, and actually becomes softer the more it’s washed. You can’t say that for too many garments, but Everlane lives up to the promise of producing a 100% organic cotton shirt that delivers on all fronts.


Taylor Stitch The Cotton Hemp Tee

Soft, a little structured, lightweight yet comfortable in all conditions, the Taylor Stitch The Cotton Hemp Tee rounds out your casual wardrobe nicely. Made with a combination of 70% organic cotton and 30% hemp, it feels just as good as it looks—and it’s the type of “forever” shirt you’ll want to keep close on hand at all times. With its tailored fit, it exudes a sense of contemporary style, yet you can easily size up if you prefer to rock something a little looser and more relaxed.


Imperfects OG Waves Tee

Look closely and you’ll see exactly why it’s called the Imperfects OG Waves Tee. Those gentle undulations on the fabric of this 100% organic cotton shirt bring a little eye-catching personality to an otherwise simple top that’s sure to become an immediate favorite. Whether you’re skating around the neighborhood or running errands, you need a go-to solution to wear with jeans, joggers, and shorts alike.


The difference is all in the details. Made with the highest quality, sustainable fabrics, these tees stand out for their longevity, their style, and their commitment to a better planet. Basic has never looked so good.