How Any Man Can Find the Perfect T-Shirt

Look through any man’s wardrobe. No matter his style or size, all men have one thing in common. They all wear plain, white T-shirts. But is a T-shirt really just a T-shirt? Not every plain, white tee is exactly the same, and while seemingly every brand offers one, how do you really know which to buy? It’s easy to choose the perfect T-shirt, once you know the basics of this basic.

Fabric

A man wearing a perfect T-shirt

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A classic T-shirt can be made of almost anything. Although the quality of cotton can vary from brand to brand, 100% cotton is never a bad choice. If you are worried about shrinkage, buy preshrunk shirts and dry them on low or on a hanger. Modal is another popular choice. Available mostly as part of a cotton blend, it is a synthetic fabric that has a soft, slinky feel to it. It also resists shrinking, but unfortunately can pill.

Pima or Supima cotton is the highest quality cotton available. The extra-long fibers are grown in the U.S., Australia, and South America. Supima is actually the trademarked name for 100% American-grown pima cotton. No matter what you choose, be wary of polyester or even polyester blends. This synthetic doesn’t breathe and tends to be the least comfortable.

Cuts

Whether you choose a crewneck or a V-neck style depends on the purpose of the shirt. Just make sure when choosing a V-neck that it’s not too low — although a little bit of chest hair is OK. If you wear your T-shirts underneath button-down or dress shirts, get a slim-fit cut. Anything else and you risk losing a clean line or adding bulk. If you are wearing a T-shirt without anything over it, a slim fit might be too tight. As you try on T-shirts, look at the length in the shoulders to see if they are too big.

The perfect T-shirt

The perfect T-shirt isn't too hard to find

The perfect T-shirt isn’t too hard to find | iStock.com

JKY by Jockey Three-Pack Crewneck: This is a good budget option to use as an undershirt. Made of 100% cotton, JKY by Jockey’s three-pack only costs $18.00 at Target. These shirts are tagless, very soft, fit well, and don’t roll up.

James Perse Lounge Short Sleeve Shirts: James Perse is known for their exceptionally soft, high-quality cotton fabrics and their Lounge Shirts are no exception. Made of 100% cotton, they are lightweight and available in both crew and V-neck styles. And if you’re not a white T-shirt kind of guy, you’re in luck because both styles are available in black.

Kit and Ace Mayne Tee: Kit and Ace is the newest venture of the Wilson Family, who started luxury activewear brand Lululemon. Kit and Ace make everything in a fabric they call “technical cashmere,” which is a fancy way of saying “cashmere blend.” Their Mayne Tee is made of 86% cotton, 10% cashmere, and 4% spandex. This blend creates an equally soft, flexible material. The shirt is also pre-shrunk and machine washable.