When it comes to your wardrobe, there’s nothing more classic than a T-shirt. But ask any stylist and they’ll agree: The humble tee is the foundation for effortless style. While there are no shortage of options available, it’s a good idea to focus your search around slim-fit T-shirts—they’ll deliver the most flattering shape and they work well in a variety of outfits.
“A slimmer-fit shirt makes your body look better, plain and simple,” says image consultant and personal stylist Patrick Kenger.
How to Choose the Best Slim-Fit T-Shirt
Wondering what to look for? 100-percent cotton tees, which are generally soft, comfortable, and breathable, are always a solid choice. The sleeves should lightly hug your arms and hit at mid-bicep, and the hem should fall around your pockets, Kenger says. It’s also important to load up on neutrals (white, gray, and navy blue). That way, you can wear your shirts in many different outfits—from layering them under a bomber jacket to pairing them with a suit and sneakers.
Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt
Uniqlo shirts come highly recommended by Patrick Kenger, and their affordable price point makes them a great option if you’re looking to stock up on tees. Although not advertised as slim fit, they have a trim shape, and the durable cotton fabric and many colors of the U Collection T-shirts make them a long-lasting and versatile addition to your closet.
Armani Exchange Slim Fit Short Sleeve Pima Cotton T-Shirt
Pima cotton gives this tee from Armani Exchange a luxurious feel. The long, silky fibers only get softer with age, and they’ll retain their shape even after many washes. This one is guaranteed to live at the top of your drawer.
J. Crew Slim Broken-In Pocket Crewneck T-shirt
First introduced in 2004, the Broken-In T-Shirt has been in the J. Crew lineup for a long time, and it’s still a perennial favorite. It’s dyed twice and washed for exceptional softness and a slightly faded color, which gives the shirt a unique vintage look.
Mack Weldon Silver V-Neck T-Shirt
Hate doing laundry? This one’s for you. This slim-fit v-neck (it’s also available in a crew neck version) is made from a blend of premium Supima cotton and Silver XT2 antimicrobial fabric, so it’ll stay fresh through days of repeated wear.
Orlebar Brown OB-T Slim-Fit Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
One of Orlebar Brown’s most popular items, this all-cotton shirt combines a slim fit through the torso with a wide collar for a tailored look that still feels breezy and relaxed. It’s perfect for summer.
Softwear Men’s T-Shirt
This shirt from Softwear opts for a modal/spandex blend. In other words: It’s soft as hell. The fabric has excellent resistance against pilling and color fading, so this shirt will continue looking great no matter how many times you wear it. Bonus: It’s great as a stylish workout shirt.
Alex Mill Slim-Fit Slub Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
Because of the way it’s manufactured, slub cotton has many tiny lumps, and they create a subtle texture that feels light and soft against the skin. When dyed, the fabric also develops a slightly heathered look that gives this shirt a subtle lived-in look.
Tani USA SilkCut Crew Shirt
Thinner and softer than silk, the Micro Modal Air fabric dials up the comfort factor in this tee from Tani USA. Form-fitting, moisture-wicking, and surprisingly durable––this miracle material feels like a summer dream.
Organic Basics Tencel Lite Tee
This slim-cut shirt from Organic Basics uses Tencel fabric, which is made from wood pulp that has been processed into biodegradable fibers. The result? A textile that’s even more breathable than cotton, exceptionally comfortable, and sustainable, too.
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