Best T-Shirts for men 2018: keep cool and casual with these tees

T-Shirts are the essential casual item – make sure you have a selection of the best

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The T-shirt is one of the most basic garments you can buy. While it can be easy to overlook the art of selection because of this fact, picking the right tee can have a big effect on style and how good your outfits feel.

We've done a round-up of the best T-shirts to buy right now to help you sift through the sea of choice. This list includes everything from the basic crew neck to the flashy statement piece.

Whether you’re looking for the best T-shirt brand, or just a way to refresh your wardrobe for summer, we’ve got you covered.

How to choose the best T-shirt

T-shirts are unisex shirts designed with a round, collarless ‘crew neck’ or V-neck. Although you can wear a V-neck as an outer garment, its low neckline allows it to be hidden when worn beneath an outer shirt. 

Other designs include the printed (or graphic) T-shirt, the long-sleeve and the striped T-shirt.

The most basic of all tees is the white crew neck. It's the most simple and versatile T-shirt you can own. You can wear it under an outer shirt or as an outer shirt depending on the outfit. 

The graphic tee is always a popular choice. You've seen them many times – often loaded with cheesy puns and ironic statements – featuring your favourite bands or cultural icons from yesteryear. 

Graphic tees can be nostalgic and fun depending on what you’re after. But their gimmicky nature often makes them short-lived impulse purchases.

Being a basic item, should you spend big on T-shirts? That's a personal choice, of course, but we’d recommend sorting the low-quality tees from the overpriced to find the right balance for your needs and budget. 

Being in contact with your skin, along with its central position in an outfit, it's always worth investing in quality. But if value for money is less of a factor, there are also plenty of high-quality designer tees if you're going all in.

The 7 best T-Shirts for men

1. HOLIDAY BOILEAU Striped Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

We love this vintage striped tee

Reasons to buy
+Thick cotton+Vintage design+Lovely colours

Holiday Boileau was originally founded in the 1940s as an American travel magazine and has since been resurrected in Paris as a supplier of easy-going casualwear, it's an obvious and natural transition. This crew-neck T-shirt is made from thick cotton-jersey that won't lose its shape and patterned with navy, white, red and beige stripes. It'd look great layered under a denim jacket.

2. MAISON LABICHE Embroidered T-Shirt

Bold, blue, and French

Reasons to buy
+Bold and bright+French script

Looking for something typically French to celebrate France winning the World Cup? Stay away from ugly jerseys and get this stylish blue T-shirt instead. The cotton-jersey T-shirt is embroidered with 'je ne sais quoi' cursive at the chest. The royal-blue is bright and bold for summer. 

3. A.P.C. Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Reasons to buy
+Retro logo+Great brand

We're currently riding a wave of 80s nostalgia thanks to Stranger Things, so we love this logo T-shirt from A.P.C. It's made from soft cotton-jersey and printed with a colourful version of the label's moniker that wouldn't look out of a place at an arcade in Hawkins.

4. J.CREW Striped T-Shirt

Affordable striped tee from J.Crew

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Classic shape

J.Crew's T-shirt is designed to look a little retro and is patterned with navy, white and mélange stripes. This piece is made from soft cotton-jersey and has a classic crew-neck shape. Layer yours beneath an army-green jacket. 

5. POLO RALPH LAUREN Slim-Fit Mélange T-Shirt

Polo Ralph Lauren's T-shirt makes you look more muscular

Reasons to buy
+Flecked material+Extra soft cotton+Broadening effect on your shoulders

Polo Ralph Lauren's classic crew-neck T-shirt is made from extra soft cotton-jersey and cut in a slim shape that has a broadening effect on your shoulders. The flecked red shade looks particularly cool against vintage denim.

6. CLUB MONACO Williams T-Shirt

Look just like James Dean or Paul Newman

Reasons to buy
+Perfect for summer days+Classic clean lines+

Club Monaco's nautical-inspired 'Williams' T-shirt has a regular cut, making it a comfortable choice for summer days. It's made from navy and white cotton-jersey, and the clean, classic lines will always be in style.

7. LOEWE Logo-Embroidered T-Shirt

A simple tee from the uber-luxury brand

Reasons to buy
+Great brand+Embroidered
Reasons to avoid
-Rather expensive

We love Loewe's simple light-blue cotton-jersey T-shirt, which is intricately embroidered with the house's updated emblem. The emblem is inspired by branding irons, and was originally designed in 1970 by a Spanish artist and has been updated by Mr Jonathan Anderson to be more streamlined and contemporary. See this as an investment piece.

8. OLIVER SPENCER Mélange T-Shirt

Pastel tee with a useful chest pocket

Reasons to buy
+Chest pocket+Lovely colour

This T-shirt is made from pastel-pink mélange cotton-jersey and comes in a comfortable regular fit. Oliver Spencer calls it an 'Envelope Tee' because the chest patch pocket has a little flap which keeps whatever you have in there secure when on the move.

9. ORLEBAR BROWN OB-T Slim-Fit Slub Linen-Jersey T-Shirt

An essential summer holiday item

Reasons to buy
+Lightweight and airy+Great brand

Orlebar Brown's beach-ready tees should be the first thing you pack before jetting off on your summer holidays (follow shortly after by the brand's Bulldog swim shorts). This crew-neck 'OB-T' style is made from slub linen-jersey so it feels really light and airy in the heat. 

10. STONE ISLAND Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

A simple tee form this innovative brand

Reasons to buy
+Smooth cotton jersey+Appliqué logo

Made from smooth cotton-jersey, this T-shirt is garment-dyed a pale sky-blue and appliquéd with the compass motif that's come to represent the Stone Island's innovative, experimental spirit.

11. MAISON KITSUNÉ Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Laid back tee from the Parisian record label turned fashion label

Reasons to buy
+Laid back style+Cool design

We're big fans on Maison Kitsuné here at T3, the Parisian fashion brand which started life as a record label. This classic crew-neck tee is made from thick white cotton-jersey and printed with the brand's name and painterly spots.

12. MR P. T-Shirt

A plain, simple, no-nosense T-shirt

Reasons to buy
+Wardrobe essential+No-nosense+Soft handle

From Mr Porter's own label, this classic black T-shirt is wardrobe essential. A crew-neck tee is the foundation for so many outfits, this one has a regular fit that feels comfortable whether it's worn alone or layered. The cotton-jersey fabric is silicone-washed for a soft handle.

13. NIKE Logo-Print T-Shirt

Rep Nike's icon Swoosh

Reasons to buy
+Iconic logo+Great for post-workouts+Subtle colour

Nike has been printing its iconic 'Swoosh' emblem on clothing since the 1970s, and has since become one of the biggest brands in the world. Here the Swoosh is printed in bold on  smooth cotton-jersey tee. It's a suble colour, which doesn't screen "sportwear" like some of Nike other pieces.

14. SATURDAYS NYC Miller T-Shirt

Super cool clean and simple aesthetic

Reasons to buy
+Empty List
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

We love the clean and simple aesthetic of this Saturdays NYC T-shirt. Printed with the label's name and nothing else, this 'Miller' T-shirt is cut from cotton-jersey in a neat, regular fit.

15. Lacoste Pima

A comfortable staple in a variety of colours

Reasons to buy
+Simplicity+Works with smart casual attire
Reasons to avoid
-Branding not for everyone

While Lacoste is known primarily for its polo shirts, you can’t go wrong with a quality crew neck tee from the brand. Made entirely of cotton, this is an everyday item that is versatile enough to dress down with shorts and flip flops or for wearing out to casual social events.