It’s a little surprising how difficult it is to find a quality undershirt or go-to everyday cotton tee. I feel like I have been on a never ending search for decades. In addition to a handful of go-to workout shirts, it’s helpful to own a handful of cotton shirts which are comfortable enough to wear:
- On their own when you go out or around the house
- Underneath hoodies or button-down shirts
- At night when you sleep
The problem with most cotton undershirts is they either get the collar, fit or fabric completely wrong. You ideally want an undershirt which has:
- A tight (but not too tight) collar which stays consistent and never bacon necks
- Breathable cotton which is easy to care for and feels light in the heat
- Relatively inexpensive
- No pit stains or odor buildup
- Appropriate length in the arms and torso which doesn’t shrink too much
I spent decades of my life wearing those 3-packs of Polo Ralph Lauren undershirts you find at Marshall’s or TJ Maxx. While they were serviceable, they always inevitably failed in at least 2 of the above 5 factors (namely in the collar). Ever since I have been trying virtually every undershirt I can get my hands on.
Uniqlo’s Supima Cotton Crewneck is the best I have seen among all the alternatives. I love wearing these at night to bed and underneath hoodies. It’s collar is perfect, the cotton is very comfortable for all weather, it’s under $15 and pit stains/odor are never an issue. The only thing that is keeping this from being a perfect shirt is the sizing and post-wash fit. These definitely shrink a little bit (call it like 10-15%) in the wash which can render the length too short in the torso if you buy your normal size. Sizing up addresses the length issue but leaves it feeling a little looser than I prefer in the chest and body. I still prefer sizing down and still consider this to be my favorite undershirt on the market but make sure you test out the sizing yourself to confirm before splurging on 4-5 of these.