Wearing an undershirt might seem a little counterintuitive. After all, why on earth would you throw on yet another piece of clothing when the whole idea is to cool out a bit and—crucially—keep sweat from showing through on your shirt? Surely piling on the layers isn’t going to work. And yet, it does. Turns out, all those buzzy features you tend to gloss over before reaching for your go-to undershirt—the moisture-wicking, cooling, generally-making-you-more-comfortable ones—actually do a whole lot when it comes to blocking sweat, regulating body temperature, and keeping you looking your best.
Now that you know, the only real question is what kind of undershirt you’re going to reach for—and you’ve got a lot of options to choose from. There are V-neck and crewnecks aplenty. Cotton? Micromodal? Some tech-y blend that’ll sap sweat and sub in for a proper workout tee when you need it? You can bet there are too many types of every single version to entirely wrap your head around. That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the internet for the best of the best, the undershirts you can buy in bulk and keep on hand always, plus the special ones you only bust out when you really need ’em.
Some will look great with your trustiest sweatpants and a camp-collar shirt. Others are more suited to wearing with a proper button-down shirt and (gasp!) maybe even a suit when the time comes (and the time will come). Others can even be worn alone. I mean, think about it: How many iconic characters solidified their place in the pantheon of pop culture purely through their commitment to the undershirt? (Sure, some serious ink and a bad attitude definitely helps, but the point still stands.) You’re telling me you don’t want to look like Nic Cage in Moonstruck?! Who doesn’t want to look like Nic Cage in Moonstruck?!
Cop the right undershirt and you, too, can be the paradigm of effortless style you always swore you’d become—even if changing out of your PJs and putting on a T-shirt is the most effortful thing you’ve done all day.
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If you’re looking for a year-round option that’ll never do you wrong, look no further than Uniqlo’s AIRism line of tees. They really are that lightweight, that comfortable, and that well suited to keeping your cool and dry even in the muggiest conditions.
Stay Tucked Crew T-Shirt (6-pack)
$14.98 (42% off)
Buy ’em in bulk and never look back.
Tagless Comfort Soft Crew Undershirt (6-Pack)
$16.96 (15% off)
Hanes don’t play no games. The brand’s white crewnecks are a classic for a reason.
Crewneck Undershirt (3-Pack)
Surprise, surprise: Land’s End’s take on the style comes with the option to add a monogram, so you can flex your initials no matter how few layers you have on.
Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt (3-Pack)
The brand that made wearing underwear with another man’s name on it downright cool (unsurprisingly) makes a real solid tee, too.
Cotton Crewneck T-Shirt (3-Pack)
And if you’re more of a crewneck guy, CK has you covered there, too.
18-Hour Jersey Rib Tank
Mack Weldon makes its tanks out of its signature ribbed fabric so you don’t have to worry about it losing its shape after one too many wears.
Basics Stay-Tucked Tank Undershirt (2-Pack)
Tommy John excels at next-to-the-skin comfort. And though the brand is perhaps most famous for its very good boxer briefs, these stay-tucked tanks are just as impressive.
Slim Fit Crewneck T-Shirts (3-Pack)
For those guys who are never, ever not rocking a polo pony somewhere: a three-pack of tees featuring their favorite animal.
Crewneck T-Shirts (5-Pack)
A true Lo Life? Go ahead and get five at a time. Why not?
Superfine Cotton Underwear T-Shirt
“Superfine” isn’t just the name for the cotton this wildly soft T-shirt is made from, it’s also how you’ll feel when you wear it. (Insert rimshot sound effect here.)
Sculpt Cotton Crew Neck
If I’m being honest, the fact that a product like this exists really takes the pressure off staying active in any sort of way while I slowly go stir-crazy sitting inside my apartment.
Superior Mercerised Cotton-Blend T-Shirt
Mercerized cotton: Like normal cotton, but even comfier, with a dry hand and softness to spare. Learn it, love it, live it.
Lyocell and Pima Cotton-Blend Jersey T-Shirt
Or, if you’re feeling like going truly silky-soft, invest in a tee with a bit of lyocell in it, like this one from CDLP.
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Source : Esquire