It’s high time you got Matisse full of your t-shirt colors. Do you remember the movie Pleasantville where Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire are turned into a black and white sitcom and shoot the whole place Technicolor? That is exactly what we do with your t-shirt collection. You have enough plain white and black t-shirts to last several lifetimes – let’s brighten the place up already. In order to prepare your upper body for a sunnier spring, we have put together a varied selection of the best crew neck t-shirts, which are available in a wide variety of brilliant colors. And we’re not just talking about standard maroon and royal blues: these t-shirts give you serious color options, from crisp lilacs to light blue-green to deep mauve and forest greens. Pick the one that’s right for you and fill it up in half a dozen colors to get your fit right.
The Midcentury Modern Tee
Lady White & Co. Lite jersey
You know those old photos in which people like Brando or James Dean ponder the camera and look like hell in nothing but a white undershirt? Have you ever wondered why your t-shirts never look so flattering, hugging your torso and popping your biceps? A few years ago, Lady White & Co set out to create the perfect vintage t-shirt in white. Methods of the early last century such as tubular knitting – that is, there are no side seams – were used to get there. Now they’re flinging the same ring-spun t-shirt in a ton of fresh seasonal tones like this one.
The benchmark tea
Sunspel classic cotton t-shirt
If you’re a serious GQ Best Stuff-Stan who reads every story – love you, mean it – then you know Sunspel well. For those who aren’t, the British brand has been making quality basics since the 19th century, and their luxurious knitwear is loved by the likes of John Mayer and James Craig from the time of Daniel Craig. There’s a reason they’re consistently Best Stuff because virtually everything they do fits great, feels great, and lasts forever. Her selection of brightly colored t-shirts are no exception, ranging from a regal deep egglant to that rich forest green (aka the thinking man’s navy blue).
The current tea
Uniqlo U round neck T-shirt
We’ve all been there: hanging out in a skate park, either skating yourself, or just supervising your nephew when a kid half your age is rolling by flying impossible and effortless. It’s 20 percent of the DGAF attitude, 80 percent of the T-shirt he wears: big and boxy, but not knee-length The Franchise Boyz; heavier than regular cotton but still washed and comfortable and soft. It all looks very much like 2021 and you have no idea where he got it from. Now you do. This is the tea. And it’s easier to get your way through than you think – you’ll look and feel just as cool as this kid, and not at all like you’re going through an early-onset midlife crisis. Boy Scouts Honor.
The first floor tea
The meaty Beefy-T has been a premium cut since it was first introduced by Hanes in 1975. Well over a billion of these t-shirts have been sold since then, and it has earned its place here for its even weight, soft hand, and classic silhouette. It’s the shirt of choice (or at least contract) for His Airness, which at one point served as a blank for Supreme and still only costs about as much as an oat milk latte.
The vintage-inspired t-shirt
Mooji Mooji classic t-shirt
It’s hard to beat a hell worn vintage t-shirt, but Mooji Mooji gets damn close. Unlike some of the originally poly-wrapped options on this list, these Primo unisex tees lean off the shelf in a tastefully faded, well-aged look. Heavy feel, old school pipe construction and made in Los Angeles.
The grail level tea
Warehouse Slub Cotton T-Shirt
For the absolute best of the best, Japan Warehouse is perfect. For almost three decades, the company has been producing first-class jeans and hard-wearing workwear with a handcrafted eye. Using rare loop wheel machines, these beauties go through a painstakingly slow knitting process that results in a fabric that is both incredibly dense and suspiciously soft. We’re especially big fans of this next-level slubby version that shows a little more texture with every wash.
The vegetable t-shirt
Industry of all nations clean crew neck t-shirt
Industry of all nations
Industry of All Nations takes a holistic approach to the manufacture of its clothing, in which only the best natural fibers and organic materials are used. Their excellent T-shirts, for example, are all colored with shades that occur in nature: we’re talking about real indigo for blue, acacia tree bark for brown, Indian madder for orange, iron scraps for black. That may mean a limited palette than some of its big box competitors, but the colors here are about as deep and rich and full of life as you are likely to ever find them.
The “Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is” tea
When we set out to design our very first merch drop, there was one item in particular that we knew we had to nail: the perfect garment-colored t-shirt. Not to operate our own horns, but to people, we have ever delivered. Our T-shirts with the OG logo are available in three washed but bold colors, cut from soft but heavy cotton in a flattering box-shaped cut. And to top it off, we’ve printed our iconic logo in one shade on the chest for a particularly subtle flex.
15 more teas we love
Jungmaven Basic Tea
Yes, this shirt is mainly made from hemp. No it won’t make you look like your stoner buddy with the white dreads who never shower. (That is, as long as you shower.)
Buck Mason Pima Classic T-Shirt
Everlane cotton crew
Exactly the feather-light weight you need for dog days in summer.
Comfort Colors short sleeve t-shirt
Fun fact: The incredibly soft T-shirts from Comfort Colors are available in 55 (!) Colors, including a whopping 15 shades of blue. If you ask us, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Gildan heavy cotton t-shirt
The most popular t-shirt for screen printers and underground skate brands everywhere.
Entireworld organic cotton Boxy T.
If you like the color palette you can find in a pack of Starburst, you will love these tees.
Velva Sheen 2-pack short sleeve t-shirt
Looking for a Relapse? Do you prefer to tackle your teas in pairs? Velva Sheen is the way to go.
Colorful classic organic standard t-shirt
Crisp organic cotton in a slightly relaxed cut.
Alex Mill standard slub cotton t-shirt
Alex Mill’s premium t-shirts contain a generous helping of slubby yarn for a welcome visual texture.
Noah recycled cotton t-shirt
Recycle, but make it fashionable.
Todd Snyder x Champion Basic Tee
Much like their premium sweatshirts, Todd Snyder’s Champion Collab T-shirts are bold, well constructed, and tailored just right.
Save Khaki x New Balance Supima Jersey Sport T-Shirt
As soft and relaxed as a silk robe.
Daryl Brown DB T-Shirt
Oversized, slightly cropped, and best served with wide-leg, high-waisted pants.
Everybody.World long-sleeved T-shirt made from recycled cotton
One man’s garbage is another man’s tee.