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The Best Men’s Tees for Staying Cool All Summer

·6 min read

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When it comes to the best men’s T-shirts, the right tee can make all the difference in pulling off a dressed-up look or an effortless everyday ensemble. No matter the season, i’s vital to find the right combination of materials, weight and comfort to suit the occasion and destination.

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The good news is that there are a plethora of options. From shirts sported by Zac Efron and Jason Statham, to more understated — but equally viable — tees for a reasonable price, you can definitely find the right one for you. So whether you’re looking for a great plain white tee to pair with your swim trunks or the perfect fitted style that looks great with retro sneakers, we’ve rounded up some of the best men’s tees, with a focus on sustainable materials and up-and-coming brands. Check out all of our top picks below.

1. Todd Snyder x Champion Basic Tee

Available eight stylish shades and in sizes XS to XXL, this basic tee from Todd Snyder’s Champion collab is as effortless as it gets. Made of premium cotton jersey, this tailored staple fits right in with suits and sweats sets alike. (Ryan Reynolds, Dwane Johnson and Matthew McConaughey are among the leading men who wear the luxury designer.)

Todd Snyder x Champion Basic Tee
Todd Snyder x Champion Basic Tee

Todd Snyder x Champion Basic Tee

$50


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2. Duer The Only Tee

Duer’s The Only tees are perfect if you like a slim and athletic fit in your shirts. They hug a little around the shoulders and tend to be reasonably tight. The company is also environmentally friendly, and all delivery packaging is entirely carbon neutral.

Duer Lightweight Tee
Duer Lightweight Tee

Duer Lightweight Tee

$49


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3. Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee

Zac Efron and Jason Statham are among the Hollywood stars who have worn pro surfer Kelly Slater’s brand, Outerknown. Not only is the brand eco-friendly (all of its products are either recycled, regenerated or organically sourced), it’s also effortlessly cool. The Sojourn pocket tee is one of the best men’s basics in their collection, thanks to the versatile silhouette and comfortable fit.

Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee
Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee

Outerknown Sojourn Pocket Tee

$48


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4. Amazon Aware Cotton T Shirt

For the environmentally-conscious buyer, this affordable tee (available in other colors) from Amazon’s eco-friendly Aware line is better for the earth and your wallet. The shirt meets the online retailer’s Climate Pledge Friendly promise, which means that its clothing is as close to carbon-neutral as possible and contains at least 95 percent organic cotton. It does all of that without sacrificing comfort and crafting a t-shirt that fits nicely across the shoulders.

 

Amazon Aware Cotton T Shirt
Amazon Aware Cotton T Shirt

 

Buy: Amazon Aware Shortsleeve Cotton Tee

5. Goodfellow Short Sleeve V-Neck Perfect T-Shirt

If you prefer a V-neck silhouette or something that can double as an undershirt, this lightweight short-sleeved tee from Goodfellow (Target’s in-house line of men’s basics) deserves a spot in your closet for its versatility and affordability — not to mention the fact that it’s made of recycled polyester that’s super comfortable. it comes in other neutral and bright colors, too.

Goodfellow Short Sleeve V-Neck Perfect T-Shirt
Goodfellow Short Sleeve V-Neck Perfect T-Shirt

Goodfellow Short Sleeve V-Neck Perfect T-Shirt

$6


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6. Rowing Blazers Collegiate Tee

Rowing Blazers brings a luxe Ivy League aesthetic to your summer fits, and this Collegiate logo tee (other colors available) comes in a neutral gray that can be paired with most jackets and pants. Plus it’s plenty light, so you’ll easily survive in the spring sunshine and summer heat.

Rowing Blazers Collegiate
Rowing Blazers Collegiate

Rowing Blazers Collegiate Tee

$60


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7. Wales Bonner Shortsleeve College Tee

British luxury menswear label Wales Bonner’s short-sleeved college tee with Adidas is one of the coolest out there, latching on to modern trends with its loose shoulders and slightly longer sleeves. But it’s also charmingly retro, complete with the iconic Adidas three stripes and original colorway.

Wales Bonner College Tee
Wales Bonner College Tee

Adidas x Wales Bonner College Tee

$70


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8. Everlane 100% SF Tee

Everlane makes some of the best-fitting men’s T-shirts for men and this 100% cotton silhouette (also available in black and in another design with large print) is for anyone who wants to show off their NorCal pride. Buying the shirt also helps contribute to a good cause, as the brand has pledged to donate a portion of all sales to the ACLU.

Everlane 100 Percent SF White Tee
Everlane 100 Percent SF White Tee

Everland 100 Percent SF Tee


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9. Uniqlo U Crew

Japanese retailer Uniqlo — which has collaborated with everyone from Billie Eilish to Disney — is known for its affordable comfy clothes and minimalist-cool silhouettes. Their basic tees are listed as unisex and come in a load of different colors and sizes, so you’re guaranteed to find one that fits just right. For the price, you might be inclined to buy two or three.

Uniqlo Crew Neck Short Sleeve
Uniqlo Crew Neck Short Sleeve

Uniqlo Crew Neck Short Sleeve

$20


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10. Carhartt Loose Fit Heavyweight Short Sleeve Pocket Shirt

You’ve probably seen Carhartt shirts around, including on stars like Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Pattinson, Ye and Harry Styles. The workwear brand has taken the fashion world by storm in recent years for its cool-yet-functional apparel. Some of their clothes tend to be on the heavier (read: more durable) side, so the brand’s signature short-sleeved pocket t-shirt is great for those breezier days that require layering.

Carhartt Loose Fit
Carhartt Loose Fit

Carhartt Loose Fit T-Shirt

$20


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10. Known Supply Have A Nice Day Tee

This optimistic shirt by Known Supply says it all. Made of organic cotton, this ethically-made shirt is fair-trade certified and comes in gender neutral sizing.

Known Supply Have A Nice Day Tee
Known Supply Have A Nice Day Tee

Known Supply Have A Nice Day Tee

$36


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11. RicherPoorer Men’s Weighted Organic Cotton Tee

RicherPoorer’s weighted tee — available in a range of effortless colors — is one of the best slim-fit shirts we’ve found that meets eco-conscious standards. It’s made of durable 180 gsm organic cotton and features minimal ladder stitching for a sleek look.

RicherPoorer Men's Weighted Organic Cotton Tee
RicherPoorer Men's Weighted Organic Cotton Tee

RicherPoorer Men's Weighted Organic Cotton Tee

$44


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12. Nike Legend Dri-Fit Shirt

Nike’s Dri-Fit shirts aren’t just a good look for the gym. They’ll certainly keep you cooler while you’re on a treadmill or hitting the weights, but the moisture-wicking tees are also a versatile staple for hotter days. The plethora of sizes, wide range of colors and affordable price means you might want to stock up on all of your favorite hues.

Nike Legend Dri-Fit Shirt
Nike Legend Dri-Fit Shirt

Buy: Nike Men’s Legend Dri Fit Tee $25

13. Hiro Clark Montecito Tee

Hiro Clark’s tees are made from premium cotton and have a nice soft feel. This black Montecito shirt adds a minimalist edge to your daily wardrobe without sacrificing comfort — making it one of the best tees out there for the price.

Hiro Clark Montecito
Hiro Clark Montecito

Hiro Clark Montecito Tee

$98


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14. Mack Weldon Short Sleeve Henley

Mack Weldon’s clothes are made to be equal parts fashionable and active. Their Henley is accordingly pliable. Soft and stretchy, it’s convenient for a hot summer’s day or intense gym session.

Mack Weldon Henley
Mack Weldon Henley

Mack Weldon Short Sleeve Henley

$42


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