I’m going to breakdown some of the top rated men’s t shirts out there today. I thought it would be a good idea to break it down into a few categories based on price and quality. This should cover all the bases. From the inexpensive but exceptable department store multi-packs to top of the line shirts worn by your favorite celebrities. But first, a brief history of t shirts.
T-shirts are a timeless staple in every man’s wardrobe. In Ancient Rome, tunics, a garment similar to modern t shirts were worn. The modern t shirt came about in the late 1800s when some got the idea to cut the union suit in half. Around the time of the Spanish-American War, the Cooper Underwear Company ran an ad in a magazine, promoting a new product. Their “bachelors undershirt” was the first modern t shirt.
On the lower end we have the inexpensive multi-packs that you probably are already familiar with. These shirts are usually going to run somewhere between $15-$20 for a pack of four. They are typically produced in countries with lower manufacturing standards and cheaper labor. They use shorter stranded upland cotton, which is not as soft as some of the higher quality stuff we’ll cover later.
That being said, most of what I own falls into this category. Most days, I’m working, I don’t need a nice looking, soft t shirt. I need something that’s a little more rugged but still comfortable and looks good.
The best brands for shirts of this quality are
- Fruit of the Loom
Middle Of The Road
To step up quality, you’re going to have pay a little more. This next tier is going to cost between $20-$50 per shirt. But you get what you pay for. These shirts are comfy, let me tell you. They’re made from higher quality Supima or Egyptian Cotton, in countries with higher manufacturing standards like Germany, Japan, or the USA.
I like these for more casual occasions, where you want to look nice but don’t necessarily need to dress up. most of the t shirts i own fall into this category. They are incredibly comfortable and well-made products.
The best brands for this tier are
- Flint and Tinder
- Taylor Stitch
- Velva Sheen
Here we have the cream of the crop for t shirts, they’ll run anywhere from $75-$225. These shirts are manufactured in the same countries as the last group. The highest quality cotton and stitching are used to produce them, and they are sometimes blended with silk or wool. These are the shirts seen worn by celebrities
The shirts in this category are more of a statement than anything else. Where I come from, there’s no need to have a two hundred dollar shirt but if you can afford it why not?
The best brands here are
- Real McCoys
- Loop and Weft
Whether you need something rough and rugged work wear or just want something to show off to your friends, this list should cover all your needs. I hope this gives you a better understanding of the quality of materials and manufacturing that goes into these shirts.
If you have any questions hit me up in the comments below. I’d be more than happy to help out in any way i can.