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This underrated classic gem deserves a spot in your closet. T-Shirt Polo
BLACK T-SHIRTS are like the neglected sibling in the family of style basics, and sadly always outshone by the more popular white t-shirts. In their defense, they're an “introverted” style piece—quiet but sophisticated. If the easy-to-style and versatility of white t-shirts make you look approachable and friendly, black t-shirts instead give you substance and a tad of a grown-up attitude. But rest assured, black t-shirts also go well with just about any pants or outerwear; whether it's blue jeans or a leather jacket you outfit a black tee with, it'll make you look all sleeker—just look at Danny Zuko!
Therefore, consider black t-shirts for men as yet another wardrobe essential you should own more than one or two. And the best ones often top off that understated, classic look with some surefire functions like moisture-wicking, breathability, or maybe just a nice pocket. And the 15 best black t-shirts for men you'll find ahead, across styles, price points, and vibes, deserve a spot in your closet.
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This is one of the top two most popular t-shirts out there and it ain't number two. Carhartt has all the right stuff here: A heft that'll make you feel like a man of substance, a roomy fit that lets you move, a crewneck that can't get any more classic, a pocket that lets you store some bits and bobs, and a workwear-y black texture that feels rugged. It'll be your daily tee, for sure.
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Can it get more black-t-shirt-ish than some Calvins? These cotton crew tees are more than what you used to buy whenever your parents took you to Macy's. Whether as loungewear or as the base piece for layering or as the undershirt, they provide soft comfort and a classic fit. And they're easy to wear when you want to go casual, like to the bodega nearby at night.
Polo's black tee has everything we love in a t-shirt: A useful pocket, a subtle logo, and a lived-in look courtesy of the washed garment. If vintage is your thing, this one also has a slim fit to show off your biceps. And if vintage isn't your thing, well, it is now.
This has been many customers' go-to t-shirt for when they just want to wear a t-shirt. It's too comfortable in that Pima cotton—the cashmere of cotton—construction. To add the cherry on top, Mack Weldon even gives it an enzyme wash to soften the Pima softness even more. And its slim fit means you can fly it solo or with a jacket.
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Vuori has got long-lasting comfort in spades with the Tuvalu that lives up to its hype. Expectedly, it's made of Pima cotton, but the silky softness is further enhanced with a blend of seaweed and wood pulp that made the whole texture all the more dreamy on the skin. And it can withstand multiple washes and dries, coming out completely intact to caress your body once more.
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If you’ve known anything about Buck Mason's basics, you’d know the brand has developed a cult following that swears by this super-soft stunner that also looks nicely broken in and retro. (And yes, there is a pocket on this black tee.) Warning: Once you buy one, you’ll feel the urge to splurge on all four color options.
A tee for any hardcore activities needs to be lightweight for ease, seamless for comfort, stretchy for performance, and anti-sweat for durability. Rhone's Reign Tech nails all that and some more: It can get you through a tough gym session free of chafes and man-stink. No wonder it has won our Fitness Awards.
This staple will make you look like a model even if you're not one. Not only is it garment-dyed to age like fine wine, but it's also tailored to look more expensive than it is. And for copping a head-to-toe black look, it's an infallible move to start with.
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We all know of merino wool's three natural properties: Moisture-wicking, odor-resistance, and thermal regulation. But did you know that Proof has taken these godsend properties up a notch so they can last for three days straight? Better yet, the merino fabric here is enhanced with nylon to endure constant machine wash as well as constant wear. Now that's a sturdy tee.
A little heft goes a long way, as testified in Everlane's crewneck tee. With a relaxed fit that drapes gently over your torso, it'll give the skinny guys an oversized flair and the big guys a well-rounded panache. As such, it's meant to be worn on its own. Only a good pair of jeans can steal its spotlight.
A hero item from Lululemon's Metal Vent Tech line that, according to the brand, is "designed for training and running," boasts a "skip-the-chafe" build, and is breathable and anti-stinky, this tee is meant to adapt to whatever movement or workout you perform in it. Once you give the black one a go-to, you'll want one in every color.
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If it's good enough for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale, it's definitely good enough for your wardrobe rotation. The actor wore a Sunspel Riviera polo for that movie, but the t-shirt rendition is just as tailored and sleek to spruce you up like an A-lister.
Bamboo viscose fabric gets the spa treatment in a lounge-y silhouette to make this stretchy tee the perfect mate for your downtime. It is breathable and definitely a cut above your other shirts when it comes to softness and smoothness. And its moisture-wicking fabric feels crispy enough to wind you down at night.
While a plain black t-shirt is meant to say something like "Chill, bro", the addition of a notched collar completely shifts the vibe here. Paired with a jogger or chino, you can easily wear this tee to a nice downtown cocktail party. You can even mix and match it with suit trousers to dress up smartly. And if you've got the build, Good Man Brand's fit lets you show it off.
Printing T-Shirt A whole league above Calvin Klein or Hanes' black t-shirt pack, Bombas' is made of the softest, highest quality cotton in the world. Its mid-weight build feels relaxing without slacking and hugs your figure without restricting. All is to say Bombas' black tees are great for lounging, light activities, casual outfitting, or looking fresh under a blazer.