5 Men's Cotton T-Shirts We Love

Sometimes cotton is still king

When a simple cotton t-shirt is all you need, these 5 inexpensive choices are our top picks. (4maksym/iStock)
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You don’t always want Space Age tech. Don’t get me wrong—a wicking performance layer with antimicrobial properties comes in handy when you’re slogging away on the trail or sending a cliff. But sometimes cotton is king. Like when you’re lounging or just taking a walk to get a cup of coffee. Sometimes you just want to be comfortable. We picked five inexpensive cotton shirts that look great and feel even better.

Arc’teryx Glades ($27)

white tshirt with tree line
(Courtesy Arc'teryx)

Arc’teryx makes incredibly good technical clothing, but it also makes incredibly comfortable T-shirts, thanks to organic cotton that’s prewashed to maintain the shirt’s fit and feel. Also, who doesn’t love happy trees?

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Patagonia Porch Concert ($25)

yellow tshirt with picture of person on a portaledge
(Courtesy Patagonia)

Patagonia goes above and beyond (as always), sourcing organic cotton but also using PVC- and phthalate-free ink in the screen printing and Fair Trade–certified sewing to create a truly eco-friendly T-shirt. We dig the design by surfer/artist Trevor Gordon, too.

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Faherty Brand Indigo Pocket ($55)

grey tshirt
(Courtesy Faherty)

This 100 percent cotton shirt is indigo-dyed and washed so it feels like your favorite T-shirt the first time you put it on. And just looking at this shirt’s horizontal rugby stripes makes me think of the movie Endless Summer.

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Mollusk Olde Whale ($27)

black tshirt with pocket and whale
(Courtesy Mollusk)

Let the preppies have their alligator pockets. We’ll take this big-ass whale over here. Mollusk (a surf shop out of San Francisco) preshrinks its 100 percent cotton tee so it stays true to size. Buyer’s note: order a size down if you don’t like a baggy fit.

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Howler Bros El Capitan ($23)

Green tshirt with picture of a monkey wearing a sailor's hat
(Courtesy Howler Bros)

OK, we’re fudging things here a little—this T-shirt is actually a cotton/poly blend. It’s still plenty soft, but to be honest, this shirt is on the list because of that monkey. What’s your spirit animal? ’Cause we just found ours.

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