14 Best Undershirts for Men that Stay Tucked in 2022 (tested & compared)

A great fitting undershirt is essential for men who want to feel more comfortable in their everyday clothing. If you are interested in learning all about 14 highly reviewed and high-quality undershirts, this article is for you.

Quick note: There are many best undershirt lists online, but I actually wear and tested 9 of the 12 brands in this roundup (some for many years) and so you can be sure that my recommendations come from personal experience. 

I’ve taken a list of 12 highly rated undershirt brands and provide my thoughts on the quality, feel and fit, and determine which ones are the best in a myriad of categories. 

Without further ado, my top 12—best men’s undershirt brands in 2022.

TL;DR (too long didn’t read)

The 14 best men’s undershirts in this round-up are:

  1. Uniqlo (HeatTech Short Sleeve Tee)
  2. Uniqlo (HeatTech Long Sleeve Tee)
  3. Twillory (Performance Undershirt)
  4. Twillory (Performance Tee)
  5. Mr. Davis (Premium Tailored Undershirt)
  6. Ministry of Supply (Responsive Tee)
  7. Tani USA (SilkCut Crew Undershirt)
  8. Thompson Tee (Sweat Proof Undershirt)
  9. Organic Basics (Soft Touch Tencel Lite Tee)
  10. Manual Outfitters (The Baselayer)
  11. RibbedTee (EVO Tencel Undershirt)
  12. Amazon Essentials (6-Pack V-Neck Undershirt)
  13. Tommy John (Second Skin Stay Tucked Undershirt)
  14. Mack Weldon (AIRKNITx Undershirt)

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HALLMARKS OF A GREAT UNDERSHIRT

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First—before we start—here are 8 hallmarks of a great undershirt that all the brands on this list have.

  1. Flawless fit and function
  2. Long enough to tuck in and stays tucked in
  3. Insulating and anti-microbial
  4. Quick drying, wicks away moisture and sweat
  5. Regulates your body temperature
  6. Has a v-neck option
  7. Made with high-quality fabrics
  8. Material is stretchy and shape-retaining

BEST UNDERSHIRT BRANDS IN A NUTSHELL

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Below is a table of all featured undershirts for your convenience.

1. Best Value: Uniqlo

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First up on the list of best undershirts for men is UNIQLO. This hugely popular fashion retailer is known globally for their affordable quality and minimal basics.

uniqlo heattech short sleeve crewneck undershirt
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS—34% Rayon, 33% Polyester, 28% Acrylic, 5% Spandex | UNIQLO | Price: ~$14.90

It’s become one of my favorite places to shop. And being a shorter guy (~5’6″), their clothes fit exceptionally well. They also offer in-store hemming for their jeans and chinos which is a highly convenient service that no other major retailers offer.

Best of all, Uniqlo HeatTech undershirts come in a variety of versatile colors and sizes, crewnecks and v-necks (just like their popular Supima cotton t-shirts).

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Uniqlo HeatTech Crew Neck Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL
  • Material: 34% Rayon, 33% Polyester, 28% Acrylic, 5% Spandex
  • Made In: Bangladesh
  • Colorways: 5
  • Price: $14.90

Uniqlo HeatTech Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

I’ve had my Uniqlo HeatTech undershirts for several years now. They’ve been through countless wash and dry cycles, although I started to hang dry them more recently so that they last longer. And they do shrink slightly, so be aware of that.

I wear them year-round, as a base layer under my thicker shirts and sweaters in the winter, and in warmer weather, under a lightweight vest for example.

The shirts fit me like a muscle fit which is the way an undershirt is meant to fit. It’s snug all over from the chest, through the body and around my biceps. It’s actually a little bit too tight and the sleeves are a bit short for my liking. I might be able to get away with wearing a size small as opposed to XS. 

It’s got just the right amount of elasticity and is easy to tuck into my pants or boxer briefs. Additionally, it has a pretty trim collar around the neck for a sleeker appearance.

Buy HeatTech Crew Neck Tee

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The result of dozens upon dozens of washes.

A problem area with the shirt is that one of the crew neck collars has lost its shape a bit. Bacon collar aside, I’ve gotta say that they’ve held up very well over the course of the past few years.

It looks like they’ve since updated the shirt design since I purchased mine. Instead of a tag on the collar, the undershirts are now tag-less and it looks like shirts are now longer to make for an easier tuck.

Buy HeatTech V-Neck Tee

uniqlo heattech short sleeve v-neck undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS | HeatTech Short Sleeve Shirt | Price: ~$14.90

Uniqlo HeatTech Long-Sleeve T-Shirt

Uniqlo’s HeatTech long sleeve shirts are essentially the same as their short sleeve shirts, except with the long sleeves which make them the perfect undergarment for colder weather. I particularly like to wear them as a base layer while snowboarding or other winter activities.

It’s lightweight enough to allow for full mobility and still does a good job of insulating to keep my core warm up on the mountain. They also carry an ultra warm version that’s touted as 1.5 times warmer than regular HEATTECH and an ultra warm turtleneck long sleeve that’s 2.5 times warmer than HEATTECH.

uniqlo heattech long sleeve undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS | HeatTech Long Sleeve Shirt | Price: ~$19.90

Just like my short sleeve shirts, I’ve had my long sleeve undershirts from Uniqlo for many years now. They’ve been through countless wash and dry cycles and are holding up well.

The long sleeve undershirts fit just like the short sleeve shirts too. And the sleeves are slightly shorter than full-length sleeves so that they stay hidden under your outer layers.

Finally, the v-neck HeatTech shirts have a deeper “v” cut that is intended to keep the shirt hidden under dress shirts. And just like the short sleeve shirts the collar is trimmer than most undershirts I’ve worn.

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Buy HeatTech Long Sleeve Tee

Uniqlo HeatTech Long Sleeve Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL
  • Material: 34% Rayon, 33% Polyester, 28% Acrylic, 5% Spandex
  • Made In: Bangladesh
  • Colorways: 5
  • Price: $19.90

The Bottom Line:

UNIQLO offers the most affordable undershirt options out of every brand on this list coming in at under $15, making it the best value undershirt you can buy.

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2. Best T-Shirt Alternative: Twillory

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Twillory is known for their performance, non-iron and untuck(able) dress shirts. But what you didn’t know was that they also carry underwear and undershirts, aptly named underTwills.

twillory undertwills undershirt tag
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S | Twillory | Price: $24

Twillory prides itself in timeless craftsmanship, timely styles and tailored fit at affordable prices. 

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Twillory Performance Undershirt

Twillory’s performance undershirts come in a crew neck or v-neck variety in white or a tan (tonal) color. I personally prefer the tonal undershirt as it blends with my skin tone as opposed to the contrast of a white, though white is still a perfectly fine option.

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Reflective Twillory “T” logo on the back of the shirt.

On the back of the shirt, under the neck is a silver reflective Twillory “T” logo printed which is a welcome design detail. Their performance shirts are made with a sweat-wicking, cooling technology and sleeves that don’t ride up into my armpits. And it’s got a length that’s appropriate to wear untucked or tucked in.

Out of all the undershirts in this roundup, Twillory’s performance undershirt feels and fits the most like a t-shirt. The fabric feels thicker and more substantial. It could easily be worn casually as a standalone shirt during a light run or workout or as a moisture wicking base layer, worn under an oxford shirt, talk about versatility.

twillory undertwills undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—47% Rayon, 47% Cotton, 5% Spandex | Performance Undershirt | Price: $24

Although Twillory’s performance undershirt might be too loose fitting for some to wear as an undershirt, I still think that it’s a good fitting undershirt option for some men.

At $24 a shirt, Twillory is in the middle-tier price point for undershirts in this roundup. Furthermore, you can bundle and save at 2 for $36 or 4+ for $14.50 each. That’s a tremendous value.

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Twillory Performance Undershirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 47% Rayon, 47% Cotton, 5% Spandex
  • Made In: China or Vietnam
  • Colorways: 2
  • Price: $24 or 2 for $36 and 4+ for $14.50

Twillory Performance Tee

The Twillory performance tee wears like a workout shirt that you can exercise in, but it looks like a basic tee and so it’s appropriate to wear for the gym, lounging at home, or when you’re out and about.

twillory undertwills undershirt back logo
Reflective Twillory “T” logo on the back of the shirt.

There is a subtle sheen to the fabric and stretch like that of an undershirt. Perhaps the best thing about this shirt, besides the near perfect fit, is how comfortable and breathable it is. It’s definitely a shirt I’ll be wearing plenty of in the warmer spring and hotter summer months.

If you’re wondering whether or not there’s any shrinkage, the performance tee does not shrink in the wash or dryer, and so don’t expect for it to shrink to a more appropriate size after a wash/dry cycle.

twillory undertwills undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—47% Rayon, 47% Cotton, 5% Spandex | Performance Undershirt | Price: $24

Overall, there’s not much to this shirt. It’s super basic and does exactly as its name suggests — it’s meant for performance, keeping you casual, cool and comfortable. 

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Twillory Performance Tee Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 100% Performance Poly Stretch Fabric
  • Made In: Thailand
  • Colorways: 6
  • Price: $34

The Bottom Line:

Both the Twillory performance undershirt and performance tee are the best options that you can wear casually and comfortably as a t-shirt, and have all the beneficial properties you’d want in an undershirt as well.

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3. Best Unique Fabric: Mr. Davis

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This is a brand that likes to sweat the little details by investing in quality fabrics that are made to last. They are small and nimble with a dedicated customer support team that you can email or chat with anytime.

mr davis tailored cut undershirt details
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS | Mr. Davis | Price: $25

Mr. Davis touts itself as having the World’s Best Undershirt. That’s a bold statement and I think the other brands in this roundup would have something to say about that. Audacious declaration aside, their undershirts do come highly reviewed both on their website and Amazon.

Premium Tailored V-Neck Undershirt 

The Mr. Davis undershirts come in a tailored or traditional fit which makes it well-fitting for a multitude of body types. I personally prefer the tailored cut as it follows the shape of my body and provides a more streamlined fit.

What’s great about Mr. Davis is that they offer a tan option, while the raglan sleeves accentuates the shoulders. It is thicker though, with a noticeably wider neckline trim. It also has the regular crewneck or Tailored V-Neck Undershirt options and 4 colors of white, grey, black or tonal.

mr davis undershirt stretch raglan sleeve
Bamboo fabric has a great stretch, also notice the raglan sleeves.

Mr. Davis is the only undershirt brand on this list that’s made primarily with bamboo viscose (94%), which gives it a soft/silky feeling and appearance, along with keeping me really cool. Additionally the 6% spandex provides ample stretch. 

A problem area I noticed with the shirt and I’m not sure if it’s simply a minor defect, but the fabric at the back collar of the shirt behind my neck tends to bunch up over time. I only noticed this occured after I put the shirt through a wash and dry cycle. The shirt didn’t shrink, though.

mr davis undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS—96% Bamboo Viscose, 4% Spandex | Tailored V-Neck Undershirt | Price: $25

Comfort Fit Premium Tailored Cut Undershirt Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Material: 96% bamboo viscose, 4% spandex
  • Made In: China
  • Colorways: 4
  • Price: $25 or $69 for 3-pack

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The Bottom Line:

Whether Mr. Davis undershirts are the best in the world, that’s up for debate, but these bamboo constructed shirts are some of the coolest and most comfortable on the market. My recommendation is the tonal color, it’s the best option for most skin tones.

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4. Best Performance: Ministry of Supply

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Ministry of Supply specializes in “workleisure” wear, which is essentially smart casual style, with a focus on professional yet comfortable clothing. You could say that it’s athleisure for work wear.

coffee infused responsive tee
SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS-XXL | Ministry of Supply | Price: $38

Ministry of Supply’s Active Tee is true to its name, you’ll want to wear this shirt for when you are most active. It’s currently among Ministry of Supply’s best-selling pieces.

Responsive Tee

The basic tee is one of the core items that every man should have at least a  handful of in his closet. And so it’s no surprise that the Responsive Tee is one of Ministry of Supply’s best sellers. 

If you like more of a muscle fit with fabric closer fitting to your body, then Responsive Tee is for you. They carry a crewneck and v-neck version, the v-neck being ideal to wear as an undershirt to your dress shirts.

Coming in 2 essential t-shirt colors of black and white, the Responsive Tee is an ideal undershirt and can still be worn on its own as a basic tee so long as you size up.

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The Ministry of Supply Responsive Tee fits me perfectly as an undershirt.

Believe it or not, the Ministry of Supply Responsive Tee is made with coffee-infused recycled polyester yarn to absorb odor. The shirt is meant to be ‘responsive’ to your body’s movements and dry twice as fast as cotton.

The fabric feels super soft to the touch and is just as lightweight as some of my other undershirts. It certainly has a premium feel and a slight shine under certain lighting. I tested it and there’s no need to worry about bacon collar or shrinkage after washing either.

The recycled polyester is made to pull excess heat and moisture, transferring it away from your body to keep you dry when those workouts are getting intense or if you just tend to sweat a lot.

The shirt also has considerable stretch while still retaining its shape. And so you don’t have to worry about the Responsive Tee getting warped in a wonky wash cycle. I’ve had this happen to some of my other shirts before and the shirt is never quite the same afterwards.

Responsive Tee How It Fits
SHIRT DETAILS: 100% Coffee Infused Polyester | Responsive Tee | Price: $38

In terms of fit, the Responsive Tee is quite snug on my body — around the chest, biceps and midsection. It definitely wears more like an undershirt than a t-shirt. Size small would likely make for a much better fitting tee.

The sleeves hug my bicep nicely and are the appropriate length (albeit a tiny bit short), slightly above mid-bicep. The shirt’s shoulder area isn’t bunching up and extends right out to my shoulder bone. And as for the shirt’s length, it’s just right — short enough to be worn untucked and just long enough to be tucked in as an undershirt should be.

coffee infused responsive tee fit animated
This shirt excels in 3 areas — stretch, lightness and breathability.

Ministry of Supply Responsive Shirt Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Material: 100% coffee-infused recycled polyester
  • Made In: China
  • Colorways: 2

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The Bottom Line:

Overall the Responsive Tee is made for performance, is slim fitting and looks great on guys with a sturdier build. Again, size up if you want to rock this shirt as a tee.

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5. Best Drape: Tani

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Tani USA is a US based direct-to-consumer company whose goal is to make the world’s best underwear. Through their patented fabrics and inventive knitting techniques.

tani silk cut crew shirt details
SHIRT DETAILS: Size M | Tani | Price: $55

Tani is out to set the standard of the world’s best underwear, period. They do this through innovation in every aspect of their garments from patented fabrics, made with high durability, easy washability in mind to ensure a longer lasting garment.

Tani SilkCut Crew Undershirt

Similar to Twillory, the Tani SilkCut undershirt can be worn both as a base layer and a basic tee. I’d say that their undershirt has the most flowy drape and some of the nicest feeling fabric I’ve ever felt on a shirt. It’s just got a super soft and buttery smooth texture and feeling.

tani silkcut undershirt stretch
The drape and stretch on Tani’s Silk Cut shirts are amazing.

I got size medium which is too long to wear as a t-shirt, but makes for an excellent undershirt option. It’s form-fitting with naturally moisture wicking fabric. The Micro Modal Air fabric is softer and thinner than silk, and it’s less see through than Ribbed Tee’s EVO TENCEL shirt (which is highlighted later on).

Additionally, Tani fabrics can keep you warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm—just the type of versatility you want from an undergarment or t-shirt. I also have a set of their SilkCut Thermal Underwear and it’s especially true of the long sleeve thermals that I’ve been wearing to bed as pajamas during the cooler months.

tani silkcut thermal underwear fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—94% Micro Modal Air, 6% Elastane | SilkCut Thermal Underwear | Price: $145

I want to mention that it’s not the best undershirt to wear if you want it to keep hidden. The crewneck is cut close around the neck while the v-neck isn’t deep enough to remain hidden under some unbuttoned dress shirt. And finally, the shirt didn’t shrink through a wash and dry cycle.

Tani SilkCut Crewneck T-Shirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 94% Micro Modal Air, 6% elastane
  • Made In: USA
  • Colorways: 4
  • Price: $55

Check Out Tani Silk Cut Shirts

tani silkcut undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size M—94% Micro Modal Air, 6% Elastane | SilkCut Shirt | Price: $55

The Bottom Line:

When it comes to how it feels and fits, Tani’s SilkCut shirt is one of my favorites. And the Micro Modal AIR technology is something you’ll want to feel for yourself.

6. Best Sweat Protection: Thompson Tee

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As of 2016, it’s estimated that 15.3 million people or 4.8% of the US population suffer from hyperhidrosis, which is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. This type of heavy sweating often causes social anxiety or embarrassment.

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SHIRT DETAILS: Size S | Thompson Tee | Price: $28

The founders of Thompson Tee relate to the struggles of those with hyperhidrosis and so they spent more than 10 years developing a lightweight, breathable, comfortable underarm barrier that absorbs sweat and withstands tough stains.

Thompson Tee Sweat Proof Undershirt

While technically an undershirt, the Thompson Tee might fit you well as a t-shirt depending on your build. For me, the shirt was huge out of the packaging, but I was surprised that it shrunk down considerably after a single wash and high-heat, dry cycle. 

Thompson Tee is hands down the best undershirt for sweat because it comes with a proprietary design that stops sweat from showing through your underarms, which is a lifesaver for those who suffer from hyperhidrosis or just tend to sweat a lot in general.

thompson tee hyperhydrosis protection
Although you can’t see it, there’s ample padding under the arms.

I have to be honest, it feels a little weird having that extra padding under your arms, and while it’s not uncomfortable, but does take some getting used to. You can definitely feel the protection, though.

In terms of the Thompson Tee as an undershirt, it’s a bit too heavy weight of fabric for an undershirt IMO, especially with the sweat panels under the arms, and so that’s why I recommend it as a t-shirt. YMMV depending on your build. For reference, I’m 5’6″, 135 lbs.

thompson tee undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—100% Combed Cotton | Sweatproof Undershirt | Price: $27.99

Thompson Tee Sweat Proof Crewneck Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL
  • Material: 100% Premium Combed Cotton
  • Made In: USA
  • Colorways: 7
  • Price: $28

Shop Thompson Tee Undershirt

The Bottom Line:

If you want a t-shirt or undershirt with sweat proof technology that’s made in the USA with quality fabrics, Thompson Tee is the perfect shirt for you.

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7. Best Color Option: Organic Basics

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Organic Basics knows that the fashion industry is run amuck with seasonal trends and disposable clothing, and so they set out to put sustainable thinking at the core of everything that they do. From the fabrics to the factories that they choose to work with, it’s all about being mindful of the environment.

organic basics soft touch tencel tshirt details
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S | Organic Basics | Price: $60 (use code GENTLEMANOBC for 10% OFF)

As its brand name suggests Organic Basics makes clothing ethically made, “Vegan Approved”, with GOTS certified organic cotton. It’s quality basics, meant to last, and sourced the right way.

Organic Basics Soft Touch Tencel Lite Tee

Similar to Twillory and Tani, the Organic Basics Soft Touch TENCEL Lite Tee is designed as a base layer that wears well as a plain t-shirt.

The Organic Basics TENCEL Tee is a soft undershirt that’s made with eco-friendly wood pulp fiber called TENCEL which is softer and lighter than cotton because of the smaller fibers. It feels similar to silk, spandex or bamboo fabric.

organic basics soft touch tencel lite side view
I personally think dark green is an underrated color.

In terms of the shirt’s design, there’s a slight v-neck and the shirt is fitted throughout from the chest down to the arms and waist. I personally feel that the shirt fits my body quite nicely.

The Organic Basics undershirt comes in black, white and navy colors. There’s also a dark green (olive) that I have a preference towards, and is different from the colors offered by other brands.

When it comes to casual basics, premium products usually come with a premium prices, and Organic Basics TENCEL Tee comes in at $60, which is the priciest shirt in this roundup. It’s a lot to swallow for a short sleeve shirt, but generally TENCEL products tend to be more expensive than cotton.

organic basics soft touch tencel lite fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—95% lyocell TENCEL, 5% elastane | TENCEL Lite Tee | Price: $60

Organic Basics Soft Touch T-Shirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 95% lyocell TENCEL, 5% elastane
  • Made In: Portugal
  • Colorways: 4
  • Price: $60 (use code GENTLEMANOBC for 10% OFF)

Shop The TENCEL Lite Tee

The Bottom Line:

Organic Basics is transparent about where their products are sourced from, which is admirable in a world where many brands choose to omit these facts. It’s a premium product at a premium price. If you’re looking for high quality basics, Organic Basics is definitely worth a look.

8. Best Design: Manual Outfitters

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A note: Manual Outfitters’ The Baselayer undershirt is currently on Final Sale without any indication of when they’ll be back. A darn shame!

This direct-to-consumer brand has a goal to replace the clutter and waste in every man’s wardrobe with a small collection of well-crafted, high performance basics. They’re committed to creating apparel that’s worthy of a spot in your collection.

manual outfitters baselayer details
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S | Manual Outfitters | Price: $44

Manual Outfitters is all about creating products that outperform, outlasts and out-comforts anything you’ve worn before, all the while being mindful of sustainability. It’s a worthy cause worth getting behind, but how nice are their undershirts?

Manual Outfitters The Baselayer

Manual Outfitters ‘The Baselayer‘ comes in a performance blend of fabrics from eucalyptus origin lyocell, cotton and elastane. It’s made with a proprietary seam design that helps break tension under your arms, providing free range of motion. It’s more so along the lines of performance and active gear rather than a plain undershirt.

manual outfitters base layer design
Notice the seams under the arms and over the shoulders.

When you wear the shirt, you can feel the difference from ordinary tees and undershirts. The seams under the arms provide a performance tech feel. It’s a shirt you’ll want to workout in.

I like the way the shirt fits and is perfect to be worn under your favorite button downs or standalone as a basic tee, although it’s better suited as a baselayer as its name suggests.

It’s got a refined, clean fit. What’s cool is that they have a less medium and more medium size which is ideal for those who may be in-between small and medium or between a medium and a large. It comes in two colors of clean white or black. And the shirt may shrink slightly in a wash and dry cycle.

manual outfitters base layer fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—62% lyocell, 30% cotton, 8% elastane | The Baselayer | Price: $44

Manual Outfitters Baselayer V-Neck Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 62% lyocell, 30% cotton, 8% elastane
  • Cut & Sewn In: Massachusetts
  • Made In: Portugal
  • Colorways: 2
  • Price: $44

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The Bottom Line:

Manual Outfitters ‘The Baselayer’ has an exceptional design that’s unlike any of the shirts in this roundup. You’ll feel the difference the second that you put it on. If you like to workout and want to look good while you’re at it, The Baselayer is a great option.

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9. Best No-Show: RibbedTee

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A note: Ribbed Tee is currently no longer in stock with no indication of when they’ll be back. A darn shame!

RibbedTee is a direct-to-consumer brand founded by Mike and Kim Schwarz in 2008. Their goal was to create the world’s most comfortable and best fitting undershirts, educating along the way, while helping people be more confident.

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SHIRT DETAILS: Size S | RibbedTee | Price: $32

While RibbedTee might not be a massive, well known brand—in the world of undershirts—their reputation, dedication to quality and customer service is top tier.

They source all products locally in the USA from their Los Angeles-based manufacturing partners, the same ones they started with in 2008. Furthermore, RibbedTee isn’t just about selling undershirts, but in educating their customers through their blog.

RibbedTee EVO TENCEL Deep V-Neck Undershirt

RibbedTee’s EVO TENCEL undershirt is made with 94% tencel fabric which is ultra soft and an excellent cooling material. These shirts are a perfect balance of fit and function. It has a similar style and design to the Mr. Davis Premium Tailored Undershirt in that there’s a tan option as well as the raglan sleeves.

Their undershirts are made with a lightweight and breathable material, it’s also rather sheer and even a little bit see through, which is good or bad depending on your preference. It’s not quite as silky feeling as Organic Basics’ TENCEL Lite Tee. However, it’s so light that sometimes it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all which is a huge benefit in my eyes. 

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Ultra deep v-neck and raglan sleeves for extra discreetness.

There’s several reasons why this undershirt is the best no-show option in this roundup:

  1. The lightweight fabric and longer shirt length makes it optimal for tucking in and staying tucked in
  2. The deep v-neck and thin material ensures that it always stays hidden under your top layers
  3. The tan color option helps keep it more discreet under white dress shirts
  4. The neckline is more trim than any other undershirt I’ve worn
  5. The raglan sleeve design provides a more seamless fit
ribbed tee evo tencel undershirt fit
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S—94% TENCEL, 6% Spandex | EVO TENCEL Undershirt | Price: $32

RibbedTee undershirts come in a crew neck or deep v-neck, and in a white, light grey or tan color option. They don’t carry anything smaller than S or larger than XL which could be unfortunate for some, but there’s so much stretch to these shirts that most men are likely covered. In my experience the size small fits me well—I’m 5’6″, 135 lbs. for reference. And finally, RibbedTee undershirts do not shrink in a wash and dry cycle.

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RibbedTee EVO TENCEL Deep V-Neck Shirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-XL
  • Material: 94% TENCEL, 6% Spandex
  • Made In: USA
  • Colorways: 3
  • Price: $32

The Bottom Line:

RibbedTee’s undershirts are not only the ‘best no-show’ in this roundup, but they’re also some of the most comfortable and high-quality on the market. I’ve worn their EVO TENCEL undershirt for years now and recommend them highly.

10. Best Budget Option: Amazon Essentials

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Amazon Essentials is a clothing line of basic wear for men, women, kids and baby. There’s also additional options for family, big and tall and athleisure wear.

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SHIRT DETAILS: Size XS-XXL | Amazon Essentials | Price: $27 for pack of 6

On the men’s side of things, Amazon Essentials offers everything from shirts, polos, flannels, bottoms, shorts, loungewear, sleepwear, swimwear, underwear and socks.

GW has found that the Amazon Essentials 6-pack v-neck undershirts to be the best budget option among all the undershirts in this roundup. They also offer a 6-pack crew neck undershirt as well.

Amazon Essentials 6-Pack V-Neck Undershirts

The Amazon Essentials undershirts are tagless and are made with a medium thick fabric, leaning towards the lighter side of the fabric thickness spectrum according to a highly upvoted answer in the Q&A section. 

Furthermore, the v-neck undershirts do not show under a dress shirt, with the top 2 buttons unbuttoned which passes the no-show test.

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From the look of it, these undershirts can wear like a t-shirt if you size up.

According to Top Reviews on Amazon:

  • These shirts run on the small side and are shorter than he likes, so he suggests ordering one size up. They do shrink a little (not much if you hang dry) so it doesn’t hurt to order up if you’re afraid these might be tight.
  • Better than Hanes, FOTL, and Banana Republic undershirts.
  • The tee shirts are really great, especially for the price — sized well, good thickness, solid seams, etc. The only problem is the label. Instead of indelible ink, it appears to be thermally applied plastic type. By the 2nd laundering, the writing starts coming loose.
  • I bought Hanes, Jos A Bank, Kirkland, and a few other brands. I rank Kirkland #1, JAB #2, and Amazon Essentials #3 if judging just quality of stitch and softness. Overall best value however goes to Amazon Essentials.
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SHIRT DETAILS: 100% Cotton | Amazon Essentials | Price: $27 for pack of 6

These undershirts look to be a trim fit, hugging the body, but can wear like a t-shirt if you decide to size up. It comes in two colors of black and white and sizes XS-XXL.

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Amazon Essentials 6-Pack V-Neck Undershirt Details:

  • Sizes: XS-XXL
  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Made In: Overseas
  • Colorways: 2
  • Price: $27.30 for a pack of 6

The Bottom Line:

The Amazon Essentials undershirt is a great value considering you get 6 shirts for a more affordable price than many of the other undershirts. The quality likely isn’t up to snuff, but if you’re someone who goes through t-shirts and undershirts like no one’s business, the Amazon Essentials undershirts are a great option.

11. Best Variety: Tommy John

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Tommy John is a husband and wife team, founded by Tom and Erin. They had no background in clothing design or manufacturing, but set out to reinvent men’s undergarments anyway.

tommy john v neck undershirts
SHIRT DETAILS: Size S-4XL | Tommy John | Price: $40-43

They both left their careers, cashed out their 401Ks and had the goal of creating more tailored, well-fitting and fashionable undergarments, and that’s how their patented Stay-Tucked undershirt and the Tommy John brand was born.

Tommy John Second Skin Stay-Tucked Undershirt

Tommy John’s undershirts as the name suggests wear like a second skin and is long enough to tuck in and stay tucked all day long. 

These shirts are designed for daily wear and are advertised as “silky-soft” and “non-pilling” in addition to having a lay-flat, stretch rib Memory Collar that eliminates “bacon neck” which is a common problem with many cheap t-shirts and undergarments.

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Tommy John Second Skin undershirt fits as snug as an undershirt should.

According to Reviews on Their Website:

  • Amazing how it stays tucked in, but the sleeves seem too short and ride up on me.
  • It’s much thinner than in the pics, almost transparent on your skin.
  • These shirts just don’t fit right. I purchased med and large. Both squeeze you in areas that just don’t feel right. I may try x large but as of now, not impressed with these shirts at all.
  • I like the cool cotton material and found it a little more comfortable than the second skin, but I enjoyed both. 
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SHIRT DETAILS: 100% Cotton | Tommy John | Price: $40-43

What’s great about Tommy John undershirts, whether you choose the Cool Cotton or Second Skin option, they both come in high v-neck, deep v-neck and crew neck varieties. It’s always good to have options.

Customers say that the undershirts run true to size. Currently the second skin undershirts have an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 with over 260 reviews. 

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Second Skin Deep V-Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-4XL
  • Material: 90% Non-Pilling Micro Modal, 10% Spandex
  • Care: Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • Colorways: 2
  • Price: $43

The Bottom Line:

Tommy John has the best variety of undershirts for men, from crew necks to high and deep v-necks and so there’s an option all types of them. It’s got all kinds of technology baked into it and isn’t cheap, but according to the reviews, these undershirts are worth the price.

12. Best Construction: Mack Weldon

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Mack Weldon was founded with the idea to reinvent men’s basics with premium fabrics, smart design and simple shopping. They also started from scratch and developed their own fabrics.

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SHIRT DETAILS: Size S-XXL | Mack Weldon | Price: $38

It’s all about building a world class customer experience with Mack Weldon. They believe that the difference is in the details, whether it’s through their meticulous design process or obsessing over every stitch and seam.

Mack Weldon AIRKNITx Undershirt

The Mack Weldon AIRKNITx undershirt is engineered for breathability with a four-way stretch fabric. The material is also moisture-wicking and odor fighting with ergonomic side seams and a durable ladder stitch. The design details of this shirt is unlike any of the other undershirts in this roundup. 

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Notice the waffle knit design. It’s the only undershirt in this roundup with this detail.

According to Reviews on Their Website:

  • Fantastic base layer – I spent years wearing specialty undershirts under body armor as a police officer. Although, my daily outfit is now more business casual, these undershirts are the best for anyone wanting a comfortable, heat wicking base layer.
  • I love this undershirt! When it gets hot, and in Texas its most of the year, this is my go to undershirt to stay cool & dry.
  • Great shirt. I wear it specifically after showering at the gym. Very breathable. I sized up for a looser fit. Only minor issue is the length of the shirt.
  • My husband loves them, what more can I say?
  • Unique waffle knit design makes this nice and cool – longer cut is great for wearing under dress shirts.
  • Wonderful product, all of the benefits, none of the problems I’ve had with other v-neck tee shirts.
  • I wore this Tee under a white linen shirt on my trip to Rome. Performed exactly as I hoped it would.
  • Soooo comfortable and a perfect fit. Absorbs sweat and keeps me cool. Even cooler than normal.
  • Average undershirt.
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SHIRT DETAILS: 50% Polyamide, 33% Polyester, 17% Elastane | Mack Weldon | Price: $38

These undershirts are perfect to be worn under dress shirts and have a slim fitting drape with extra length to ensure that the shirt will stay tucked in, which is what all good undershirts should do.

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AIRKNITx V-Neck Undershirt Details:

  • Sizes: S-XXL
  • Material: 50% Polyamide, 33% Polyester, 17% Elastane
  • Care: Machine wash cold with like colors, tumble dry low.
  • Colorways: 1
  • Price: $38

The Bottom Line:

The AIRKNITx undershirts from Mack Weldon are uniquely-designed and stylish and come in at a competitive $38, not the cheapest and not the most expensive option in this roundup.

WRAPPING THINGS UP

Whether you wear undershirts or not, there’s no denying their functionality in keeping your body temperature regulated and your outer garments clean.

I hope you got some value out of this article and are equipped with information to help you in your next undershirt purchase. Cheers to your style!

A Note: Some of these shirts I’ve owned for a while and bought with my own money while others were provided as samples so big thanks to the brands who sent them along.

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