The 24 Best Undershirts Are So Good, You’ll Want to Wear Them on Their Own

Wearing an undershirt might seem a little counterintuitive. Why on earth would you throw on yet another piece of clothing when the whole idea is to cool out a bit and keep sweat from showing through on your shirt? Surely piling on the layers isn’t going to work. And yet, it does. All those buzzy features you tend to gloss over before reaching for the best 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 grabbing—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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Best Cult-Classic Undershirts

Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

Comfort Colors

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For more than four decades, Comfort Colors has been making T-shirts, refining its technique, resulting in styles that live up to the brand’s name. It’s no wonder that the label has a large and devoted following.

Best Affordable Two-Pack Undershirts

Slim-Fit Short-Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt (2-Pack)

Amazon Essentials

When Amazon introduced a private label business, it took a slow-and-steady approach, gathering as much consumer feedback as possible to offer styles that were up to snuff. The plan worked, and the rave reviews that Amazon Essentials receives is proof.

Best Affordable Crewneck Undershirts

AIRism Crewneck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

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.

Best Affordable Value-Pack Undershirts

Tagless Comfort Soft Crew Undershirt (6-Pack)

Hanes don’t play no games. The brand’s white crewnecks are a classic for a reason.

Best Affordable Tank Undershirts

Ribbed Tank Top (2-Pack)

Gap is synonymous with very good basics. The brand seldom offers flash-in-the-pan styles, instead opting for timeless options, like this tank, that’ll last the long haul.

Best Monogram Undershirts

Crewneck Undershirt (3-Pack)

Lands’ End

Lands’ 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.

Best Affordable V-Neck Undershirts

Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt (3-Pack)

Calvin Klein

The brand that made wearing underwear with another man’s name on it downright cool (unsurprisingly) makes a real solid tee, too.

Best Fitting Tank Undershirts

18-Hour Jersey Rib Tank

Mack Weldon

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.

Best Organic Cotton Undershirts

The Organic Cotton V-Neck Tee

The seasons change, styles come and and go, but Everlane’s stuff, especially its highly rated organic tees, are as close to everlasting as it gets.

Best Classic Undershirts

Crewneck T-Shirt Multipack

Fruit of the Loom

Buy ‘em in bulk and never look back.

Best Three-Pack Undershirts

Classic Crewneck Undershirt (3-Pack)

Polo Ralph Lauren

For those guys who are never, ever not rocking a polo pony somewhere, here’s a three-pack of tees featuring their favorite logo.

Best Slim-Fitting Undershirts

Second Skin Crewneck Undershirt

Tommy John

Tommy John excels at next-to-the-skin comfort. And though the brand is perhaps most famous for its very good boxer briefs, this crewneck shirt just as impressive.

Best Moisture-Wicking Undershirts

Strato Tech Tee

Vuori’s wares are built to be worn out; the built-in UPF protection is reason enough alone. But if you need a sturdy, moisture-wicking, and soft option to wear under a cardigan or jacket, this one right here is more than ready to do the job.

Softest Undershirts

White Undershirt (3-Pack)

J.Crew offers quality crewneck tees made of carefully combed cotton for maximum softness. Not that you’d expect anything less from the always-reliable retailer.

Best Lyocell Undershirts

Lyocell and Pima Cotton-Blend T-shirt

If you’re feeling like going truly silky-soft, invest in a three-pack with a bit of lyocell in it, like this one from CDLP.

Lightest Undershirts

Element T-Shirt

Rhone is a purveyor of choice tees. But its best version (the one that’s rated the highest and has fans buying and rebuying) is the Element. Why? Imagine a shirt so soft that it feels like it was woven out of fluffy clouds and unicorn fur.

Most Comfortable Undershirts

Superfine 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.)

Best Abrasion-Resistant Undershirts

The Fundamental T-Shirt

Lululemon produces collections made from abrasion-resistant fabric for high-octane activities, which means that its tees is what you need if you plan on breaking a sweat.

Best Body-Sculpting Undershirts

Sculpt Cotton Crewneck

If we’re being honest, the fact that a product like this exists really takes the pressure off staying active in any sort of way while we slowly go stir-crazy sitting inside our apartments.

Best Scallop-Hem Undershirts

Supima Scallop Crew

Best Luxury Heavyweight Undershirts

Conduit Organic Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer’s tees, especially the Conduit, are cut thick so as to drape the body in a way that imbues richness and class.

Softest Luxury Undershirts

Mercerised Cotton-Blend V-Neck T-Shirt

Mercerized cotton: Like normal cotton, but even comfier, with a dry hand and softness to spare. Learn it, love it, live it.

Best Odor-Free Undershirts

72-Hour Merino Tee

As its name conveys, this tee was made to be odor-free and keep its shape for a whole 72 hours, even in adverse conditions. And it’s been tested and proven several times over.

Most Breathable Luxury Undershirts

Royal Classic Crewneck Cotton T-Shirt

Zimmerli used long twisted fibers to makes tees that are incredibly soft and airy. It is, as the name suggests, a product fit for kings.

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