Undershirts have gotten a bad rap over the past couple of years but to be clear it's not the garment's fault. These days there are tons of brand's trying to sell less-than-ideal undershirts, which in turn cause major discomfort and distrust.
But when an undershirt is done right it's a handy wardrobe essential you can turn to time and time again. Signs of a good undershirt include fabrics like high quality cotton or some type of performance blend that are breathable and moisture wicking. The material should also have a level of stretch so you can move around without restriction.
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Lastly an undershirt needs to be form fitting—because it's going under your shirt! Whether it's an oversize tee, a polo, or a dress shirt, an undershirt is your first layer to cool, dry protection.
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All of the undershirts below were sourced (1) to help protect from overheating and (2) to prevent sweat marks from bleeding through your main shirt. These undershirts are also excellent at preventing chaffing and are all form fitting to the body. And how could we forget to mention style? Yes, all of these undershirts are going to look good no matter if they're hidden under a dress shirt or worn standalone!
Learn about the best undershirts below and snag the one that appeals to you the most. Then watch as your new undershirt becomes a vital staple in your wardrobe!
For those who really struggle with sweat, this highly-rated cotton tee by Thompson Tee includes underarm pads for extra protection. The brand says the pads are "guaranteed to stop 100% of armpit sweat," adding that the underarm tech won't lose effectiveness over time—even after several washes.
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Made of cotton modal, these top-rated Nike undershirts feature all the sweat-wicking technology you need for all-day comfort and confidence. It's got excellent stretch and a super-soft finish. Plus, you get a 2-pack of the high-performance tees for under $35. How can you beat that deal?
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The key to the 72-Hour Tee is its merino wool fabric. Huckberry engineered this tee to utilize the natural features of merino, which is to moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and temperature regulating. It's a bit expensive, but the shirt is engineered to last you three whole days of wear without smelling or breaking down. So it's a worthy investment.
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Jockey always comes in clutch for big and tall guys. With sizes up to 6XL and a relaxed fit to give you some breathing room, this crewneck T-shirt has fabric that keeps its white color after multiple washes and the technology to reduce pilling.
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Mack Weldon’s stellar undershirt checks all the boxes to make it one of the best undershirts for men. First, the fabric has the best blend of pima cotton, beechwood modal, and Lycra for comfort, breathability, and stretch. Second, it has the ideal construction of a slim-fit, a little extra length to stay tucked, rotated shoulder seams to keep your sleeves in place, and flat-front V-neck collar to stay in stealth mode under your collared shirt.
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Uniqlo has some of the best basics around. Their Ribbed Tank is comes in a wide array of colors and is made from durable cotton that holds up through a number of washes. And for a price point of $10, you can't help but order multiple.
If you want an undershirt that feels good and does good, check out this four-pack from Pact. Made of organic cotton, these shirts are made using 81% less water than your typical cotton tee. With a slim fit, long length, and added stretch, it's the perfect fair-trade option for the eco-concious consumer.
Lululemon has it all—even a basic undershirt. Soft, stretchy fabric with shape retention makes this a great option, available in several colorways to earn a top spot in your T-shirt collection.
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MeUndies may be known for, well, undies, but the brand's crew tees make for the perfect undershirt. Made of sustainably-sourced MicroModal, these tees are softer than soft and super breathable, making you sweat less.
Hanes is perhaps the most famous undershirt brand on the block. For those who need an extra layer of sweat protection, the brand's Cool DRI fabric is just the ticket. It's sweat-wicking, fast-drying, and even has sun-protecting properties.
Fruit of the Loom makes the affordable cotton classic merit a place in your dresser drawer. Special tech fabric tees will cost you, but if you’re looking for an affordable solution to pit problems with a protective layer, Fruit of the Loom has your back (and the rest of your torso.)
For guys who like a standard ribbed tank top, 2(X)IST’s square-cut option gives a layer of cotton protection under your arms where most tank tops tend to go low. With a close-to-body fit and thick straps that won’t stretch out, making it ideal for those with athletic builds.
Micro modal fabric can make a basic T-shirt feel like a total luxury. It’s incredibly soft and typically used in the best men’s underwear for next-level comfort, but it's also shrink-resistant with great stretch. It feels like silk, but much more durable. Sure, it’s not the most affordable option out there, but if you wear an undershirt daily, the cost-per-wear value makes up for the price tag.
Not all undershirts have to look basic. This Robert Barakett option has side vents to keep things fresh and it’s available in 20 standout colors. When layered correctly under a thin sweater or button-down, a pop of color adds a layer of style while protecting your favorite shirts.
No one can forget the infamous Calvin Klein commercial where Brooke Shields says “What gets between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” It sparked joy in men in a way no Kondo-ing could ever do. Well, in a different way, nothing will come between you and this modal-blend undershirt. Yes, because that's the point of wearing an undershirt—but also it’s lightweight, has soft modal fabric with Lycra stretch, and comes in a nice trim-fit to avoid adding bulk to your build.
If you didn’t know, men can wear Spanx too. Not the same undergarment your female roommate or girlfriend would wear, but in the form of an undershirt that stays tight for a trim look. No shame in having a dad bod, but if you want a little support for a flat stomach on a day when you’re feeling less than hot, there’s an option for you.