Undershirts have a bad reputation but don’t discount this incredibly necessary base layer just yet. Not only can undershirts protect your pricier duds from inevitable sweat, but they are a staple for underneath button-ups, flannels, and trendy shackets. So let’s erase those terrible undershirt associations that come to mind, like uncool dads from your youth and the shameful style mishaps of a nerdy Ross Gellar. It’s time to bring appreciation to the undershirt—even if you don’t want it to be visible whatsoever. After all, would you rather wear an undershirt that takes care of business or suffer the embarrassment of visible wet marks around the office? That’s what we thought.
The best men’s undershirts have the soft touch of pima cotton or a modal-blend fabric, moisture-wicking technology like your favorite activewear, and come in a variety of necklines to go unseen. Top undershirts go completely undetected, but play a big role in upping your style game and confidence level, allowing you to be a carefree stud instead of a sweat-focused worrier. Now that’s a closet necessity we can all get behind.
No matter what your undershirt needs may be, there’s an option out there for any guy wanting to stay dry and comfortable, even if the day gets unexpectedly heated. Take a look at the best undershirts for men from top T-shirt brands like Lululemon, Tani, Calvin Klein, and even Spanx to help keep sweat under wraps. It’ll be our little secret.
Thompson Tee Sweatproof Undershirt with Underarm Pads
For those who really struggle with sweat, this highly-rated cotton tee by Thompson Tee includes underarm pads for extra protection. The brand says the pads are “guaranteed to stop 100% of armpit sweat,” adding that the underarm tech won’t lose effectiveness over time—even after several washes.
Nike Slim Fit Crew-Neck Undershirt, 2-Pack
Made of cotton modal, these top-rated Nike undershirts feature all the sweat-wicking technology you need for all-day comfort and confidence. With a nice stretch and super-soft finish, you won’t even realize you’re wearing it.
Pact Stretch-Fit Crew Undershirt, 4-Pack
If you want an undershirt that feels good and does good, check out this four-pack from Pact. Made of organic cotton, these shirts are made using 91% less water than your typical cotton tee. With a slim fit, long length, and added stretch, it’s the perfect fair-trade option for the eco-concious consumer.
MeUndies Modal Crew Tee
MeUndies may be known for, well, undies, but the brand’s crew tees make for the perfect undershirt. Made of sustainably-sourced MicroModal, these tees are softer than soft and super breathable, making you sweat less.
Hanes Short Sleeve Cool DRI T-Shirt, 2-Pack
Hanes is perhaps the most famous undershirt brand on the block. For those who need an extra layer of sweat protection, the brand’s Cool DRI fabric is just the ticket. It’s sweat-wicking, fast-drying, and even has sun-protecting properties.
BEST AFFORDABLE UNDERSHIRT
Fruit of the Loom Men’s Stay Tucked Undershirt, 6-Pack
Fruit of the Loom makes the affordable cotton classic merit a place in your dresser drawer. Special tech fabric tees will cost you, but if you’re looking for an affordable solution to pit problems with a protective layer, Fruit of the Loom has your back (and the rest of your torso.)
Lululemon 5-Year Basic Tee Undershirt
Lululemon has it all—even a basic undershirt. Soft, stretchy fabric with shape retention makes this a great option, available in several colorways to earn a top spot in your T-shirt collection.
Mack Weldon V-Neck Undershirt for Men
Mack Weldon’s stellar undershirt checks all the boxes to make it one of the best undershirts for men. First, the fabric has the best blend of pima cotton, beechwood modal, and Lycra for comfort, breathability, and stretch. Second, it has the ideal construction of a slim-fit, a little extra length to stay tucked, rotated shoulder seams to keep your sleeves in place, and flat-front V-neck collar to stay in stealth mode under your collared shirt. Plus, if you’re not feeling this undershirt, Mack Weldon offers free shipping and returns to help you figure out the right option for you.
2(X)IST Cotton Square-Cut Undershirt Tank, 2-Pack
For guys who like a standard ribbed tank top, 2(X)IST’s square-cut option gives a layer of cotton protection under your arms where most tank tops tend to go low. With a close-to-body fit and thick straps that won’t stretch out, this tank is simply the best.
Tani USA SilkCut Tank Top
Micro modal fabric can make a basic T-shirt feel like a total luxury. It’s incredibly soft and typically used in the best men’s underwear for next-level comfort, but it’s also shrink-resistant with great stretch. It feels like silk, but much more durable. Sure, it’s not the most affordable option out there, but if you wear an undershirt daily, the cost-per-wear value makes up for the price tag.
Rhone Element Tee
Not all undershirts have to look basic. This Rhone option has the anti-odor technology you need to fight off smells from sweat and it’s available in a standout navy color. When layered correctly under a thin sweater or button-down, a pop of blue adds a layer of style while protecting your favorite shirts.
Calvin Klein Men’s Ultra Soft Modal V Neck T-Shirts
No one can forget the infamous Calvin Klein commercial where Brooke Shields says “What gets between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” It sparked joy in men in a way no Kondo-ing could ever do. Well, in a different way, nothing will come between you and this modal-blend undershirt. Yes, because that’s the point of wearing an undershirt—but also it’s lightweight, has soft modal fabric with Lycra stretch, and comes in a nice trim-fit to avoid adding bulk to your build.
Bombas Undershirt and Ankle Sock, 6-Pack
If you’re not familiar with Bombas, consider this your new one-stop-shop for all the cozy basics your wardrobe needs. Score a bundle of undershirts and ankle socks to stock your closet and pick up their cool new sweats while you’re at it, too.
SPANX for Men Cotton Compression T-Shirt
If you didn’t know, men can wear Spanx too. Not the same undergarment your female roommate or girlfriend would wear, but in the form of an undershirt that stays tight for a trim look. No shame in having a dad bod, but if you want a little support for a flat stomach on a day when you’re feeling less than hot, there’s an option for you.
Tommy John Deep V-Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt, 2-Pack
Be daring: Leave a couple buttons on your collared shirt open, and still no one will notice this bad boy. With a deep V-neck undershirt, you get the protection you need, but without any peep of your base layer showing.
Jockey Big Man Crewneck Undershirt, 2-Pack
Finding a good undershirt for big and tall guys is a major challenge. But that’s where Jockey comes in. With sizes up to 6XL and a relaxed fit to give you some breathing room, this crewneck T-shirt has fabric that keeps its white color after multiple washes and the technology to reduce pilling.
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