Kanye West was spotted wearing the new Gap Yeezy jacket and Nike shoes – but he still has 5 years left on his partnership with Adidas

Kanye West at 2008 Grammy awards
Kanye West at 2008 Grammy awards

  • Kanye West stepped out wearing Nike shoes and his newly-announced Gap x Yeezy jacket last week.
  • West has a partnership with Adidas, which controls the site his Yeezy shoes are sold on, per Bloomberg.
  • Some social media users speculated he could be signalling an end to his Adidas deal by wearing Nike.
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Kanye West wore Nike shoes when he stepped out in the newly announced first product of his Gap and Yeezy collaboration.

West, who founded the apparel brand Yeezy, was spotted out on June 3 wearing Nike shoes and a bright blue puffy coat. A week after the photos were taken, Gap announced the $200 coat would be the first product created in collaboration with Yeezy.

West and Adidas announced the two would partner in 2013, in a deal reportedly worth $10 million at the time. Bloomberg reported Yeezy has a valuation of $3.2 billion to $4.7 billion, per investment bank UBS, due to the lucrative partnerships with Gap and Adidas. The partnership with Adidas, Bloomberg notes, runs through 2026.

Social media users pointed out the Nike shoes, and speculated whether he was in breach of the Adidas contract or announcing an end to the partnership.

West has ownership over the Yeezy brand, but Adidas operates the website his shoes are sold on. Yeezy x Adidas sneaker sales amounted to $1.7 billion in 2020, according to Bloomberg, netting West with $191 million in royalties.

West’s first sneaker, the $245 limited-edition Air Yeezy, was released in collaboration with Nike in 2009. The shoe later sold on the resale market for thousands of dollars, and a prototype of the shoe with a value of more than $1 million could become the priciest sneakers ever sold.

Some analysts and insiders consider Yeezy one of the most influential sneaker brands ever, reportedly inspiring the now-popular shoe brand Allbirds, Insider’s Mary Hanbury reported.

Nike, Adidas, and a representative for Kanye West did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The 6 best men’s undershirts of 2021

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  • A great undershirt will prevent walking around in a sweat-soaked top.
  • The best undershirts are close-fitting, don’t lose shape, and come in diverse materials.
  • The Thompson Tee is a favorite with a”sweat guard” design, making it fit for stain protection.

It really doesn’t matter if your wardrobe is sporty, casual, formal, or a mash-up of all kinds of clothing, good undershirts are an important part of getting dressed. The primary purpose of an undershirt is to absorb your body’s sweat as the first layer of clothing – and this is beneficial for a few key reasons.

It’s good for the long-term care of your garments. The right undershirt will save your clothing from sweat, deodorant, and other stains from being in direct contact with your skin. An undershirt is also important for your style and comfort. A sweat-soaked T-shirt or a dress shirt with wet armpits has never been a flattering, or comfortable, look.

We’ve done the research and smoked out the best undershirts for men that you can buy today. Undershirts are fairly straightforward pieces of clothing, but we’ve made sure that our top picks cover a range of different styles, fabrics, and price points so you can find the right one for your tastes and budget. Not sure how an undershirt should fit? We have a handy section on that.

Here are the best men’s undershirts of 2021:

The best men’s undershirt overall

Tommy John Undershirt

Tommy John has a collar that stays flat, fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.  

Pros: Close-fitting, comfortable, different material options, stays tucked in

Cons: Can’t be worn as a regular T-shirt

Sizing options: S-4XL

To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. But Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. 

Close-fitting, but not tight, they’re long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.

While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in three materials — Second Skin, Cool Cotton, and Air. I’ve tested and reviewed all three and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness, breathability, or a lightweight feel.

Senior Reporter Amir Ismael especially likes Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt. 

The best men’s undershirt to avoid sweat stains

Thompson Tee

The Thompson Tee V-neck is made from breathable fabric, has an underarm sweat guard, and is, undoubtedly, the last undershirt you’ll ever need to buy.

Pros: Woven of soft combed cotton with a bamboo-derived rayon sweat guard, effectively manages under-arm sweat, excellent form-fitting cut

Cons: None

Sizing options: X-Small-3X-Large

Managing sweat while looking nice is an ever-present challenge (especially in a suit). However, the Thompson Tee is uniquely designed with a second layer — the “sweat pad” — to put some more material and distance between your skin and nice shirt.

The trim cut is form-fitting and long enough to tuck, too, while the V-neck is suitably deep so it won’t be peeking out from under your shirt collar. It’s also woven from soft-combed cotton and the “sweat pads” are made from a bamboo-derived cotton and spandex blend for stretch and flexibility.

The best men’s undershirt multi-pack

David Archy

David Archy provides soft and lightweight undershirts at a great value. 

Pros: Made of a breathable and soft micro-modal fabric, the cut is fitted and long enough to stay tucked, great value 

Cons: The fit is nothing special; the micro-modal shouldn’t be put in a hot dryer cycle.

Sizing options: Small-X-Large

Although synthetic fabrics have a bad rap in the menswear scene, they do confer some advantages for certain pieces of clothing. Synthetics are durable, they dry quickly, and they’re useful for garments where you want some stretch such as socks or athletic wear.

David Archy undershirts are made of a soft micro-modal fabric with a touch of elastane. It’s thin and light without being transparent, although it’s best to tumble dry these and then hang them up damp to air-dry rather than drying them with heat.

The V-neck is suitably deep and the David Archy shirts are slimmer than most other multi-pack undershirts from popular brands like Hanes, the cuts of which tend to be a bit boxier than most, but these undershirts don’t have much of a taper in the body. You may want to consider sizing down if you’re between sizes. The sleeves are also nice and slim-fitting so you don’t get a bunch of material bunching up around your arms under your dress shirt.

The best men’s undershirt on a budget

Hanes

As a brand we all know and have probably worn, Hanes delivers variety and a great bang for your buck.

Pros: Tagless, multi-pack, odor-resistant technology, preshrunk

Cons: Can’t withstand many wash and dry cycles without losing its shape

Sizing options: S-XL

What would a list of undershirts be without Hanes? In short, incomplete. As one of the most popular underwear brands, if not the most popular, Hanes has a huge assortment of all types of undergarments, including undershirts. If you’re going for a classic T-shirt style rather than a tank top, the FreshIQ ComfortSoft Crewneck is what you’ll want to buy, especially if you’re on a budget. Each pack comes with six undershirts, making it the best bang for your buck.

Made from 100% preshrunk cotton, these Hanes undershirts are tagless, have lay-flat collars, and feature the brand’s odor-resistant technology, FreshIQ.

Much like any budget-friendly pack of undershirts, they won’t last forever, as they can potentially lose shape after a handful of wear and wash cycles. But at $19 for six, you can’t really beat the price.

If you’re looking for a basic white T-shirt, this is one you can actually pull off because it’s not too form-fitting or too long, like some of the other undershirts on this list. — Amir Ismael

The best tank top men’s undershirt

Hanes tank top

If you prefer tank tops over T-shirts, Hanes FreshIQ ComfortSoft Tanks are cheap and dependable.

Pros: Moisture-wicking, soft next to skin, preshrunk so it lasts after many wash and dry cycles, no tag

Cons: Won’t prevent armpit stains, limited sizing options

Sizing options: M-XL

While T-shirt undershirts are best for preventing armpit stains under button-ups and dress shirts, tank top undershirts get the job done if you’re only concerned with having a sweaty back and chest.

The Hanes FreshIQ ComfortSoft White Tank is a no-frills undershirt, but with no tags, soft preshrunk cotton, and moisture-wicking technology, it has everything you need. In line with all of Hanes’ other products, the ComfortSoft tank tops are reasonably priced within everyone’s budget. 

Although I regularly recommend skipping on low-cost underwear for pairs that have a better value (but are considerably more expensive), I haven’t found any issues with Hanes tank tops that should deter you from buying them.

I usually wear more casual styles and don’t need to worry about armpit stains on dress shirts, so tank tops are my personal preference when it comes to undershirts. I wear Hanes’ on a daily basis and they hold up very well. — Amir Ismael

The best casual men’s undershirt

J. Crew Broken in short sleeve V neck T shirt

The heather gray V-neck T-shirt from J.Crew is an undershirt, yet also doubles as a casual tee. 

Pros: Made of soft and durable combed cotton, slim fit, versatile, deep V-neckCons: It’s cut shorter in the body than other undershirts

Sizing options: X-Small-XX-Large

Undershirts are typically designed to be worn under collared shirts, but they’re still essentially just tees. This means that, so long as they’re styled right, there’s no reason you can’t pop on an “undershirt” with a pair of jeans for a simple, basic outfit.

As one of the premier brands of casual men’s style, it should come as no surprise that J. Crew made it into our list. This heather gray V-neck tee lives up to the brand’s simple-yet-stylish design ethos. It features a tailored cut that’s not baggy or restricting. It’s slim enough to be an undershirt and made of soft combed cotton, too.

The V-neck is also deep enough that you can safely undo a button on your collared shirt, but it’s not so low as to be unsuitable for casual wear. It’s a no-nonsense, well-made, nicely-styled staple tee that’ll get a lot of play in your rotation whether you’re wearing it under a dress shirt or just pairing it with jeans or chinos.

How to choose an undershirt

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Here are some quick guidelines to follow when selecting an undershirt that’s right for you:

  • Keep it fitted. Your dress shirts should be trim, not baggy and blousy, and so it stands to reason that you don’t want big, billowy undershirts, either. Many brands today are offering slimmer modern cuts for their clothing, and undershirts are no exception. Go with something more tailored or even opt for snug-fitting stretch undershirts which hug your torso like a glove.
  • Avoid white. White is probably the most common color for undershirts. It’s also probably the worst. We’ve all seen it: The guy wearing a white or blue dress shirt with his white undershirt sleeves shining through like the sun. This is because white is a high contrast color that shows up very easily under other materials. Play it safe and keep it gray. This low-contrast shade will blend in much more easily so you’re not getting those unsightly “undershirt lines” under your dress shirt sleeves.
  • Go with a V-neck. People have a lot of opinions about men sporting V-necks for casual wear, but for undershirts, it’s pretty much a requirement – especially if you’re going sans necktie, which you’ll probably do fairly often. Having the top of your undershirt peeking out behind your dress shirt collar screams “my mom made me wear a button-up shirt today,” but a V-neck cut keeps it nicely out of view below the neckline. If you already have a bunch of crew-neck undershirts, relegate them to casual wear or toss ’em.

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The 7 best places to buy men’s T-shirts

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  • T-shirts are one of the cornerstones of every wardrobe, no matter how fancy or basic it may be.
  • There are many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best in every category
  • The Everlane Organic Cotton Crew is the best overall because it’s affordable and backed by a warranty.

If you take a look at anyone’s wardrobe, you’re almost guaranteed to find T-shirts. As a quintessential item for all, T-shirts are readily available from just about every clothing company. With a countless number of T-shirts readily available, you might be wondering why you’d need a guide to make a decision, but that’s exactly why. We decided to cut through the seemingly endless number of options to narrow it down to the absolute best ones.

Whether you’re searching for a stretchy moisture-wicking T-shirt to work out in, a comfort T-shirt for working from home and lounging, or low-cost T-shirts to stock up on, you’ll find it here. I’ve selected five of the best T-shirts based on the countless brands I’ve personally tested or bought over the years. You’ll find picks for comfort, affordability, undershirts, working out, and the best overall.

It’s also worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men’s sizing, anyone can wear them. If you’re unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand’s size chart for more details. Speaking of fit, the styles below are what the industry calls “men’s t-shirts.” What qualifies as a “men’s t-shirt” has everything to do with sizing and fit. These tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you’re looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women’s T-shirts.

Here are the best places to buy men’s sized T-shirts in 2021:

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Everlane

Everlane Uniform Tee

As part of the Everlane Uniform collection, the Organic Cotton Crew Tee is backed by a one-year warranty and comes in a handful of colors.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

The T-shirt is quintessential to casual style, so there’s a good chance you already wear one on a regular basis — sort of like a uniform.

Everlane created the Uniform Collection to make getting dressed feel more effortless. Among those styles is the Organic Cotton Crew Tee, which is easily the best T-shirt on the market.

During the design process, Everlane put the Organic Cotton Crew Tee through 25 wash cycles, three tests for fading and pilling, and six measurements for shrinking to make sure it can withstand constant wear.

To fully stand behind the quality, the Organic Cotton Crew and everything else in the Uniform collection is backed by a 365-day guarantee. If it shrinks, rips, fades, or does anything else that compromises the original quality, Everlane will replace it for free. 

Aside from the quality, the variety makes these tees good for any wardrobe. There are more than 10 colors to choose from, and you can also choose from styles that have a pocket or a V-neck. They’re fairly inexpensive at $18 for one, or $45 for three ($15 each), so it’s easy to stock up on multiple of your favorite or most-worn colors.

Read my full review on the Everlane Uniform collection

What to buy:

The Organic Cotton Crew (small)
Rhone

Rhone Reign T-shirt

Built for performance, the Rhone Reign T-shirt will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during your workouts.

Sizing options: S-XXL, runs true to size

Rhone is one of the leading startups in the athleisure menswear space, so it’s no surprise they’ve figured out how to make a really good T-shirt. The brand offers a decent selection of performance T-shirts, some specifically for sports like running, but the Reign T-shirt is its best for all-around performance. 

The brand doesn’t make mention of the T-shirts being stretchy (I guess at this point, it’s pretty much expected from any performance gear), but its blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex material does have an impressive amount of stretch. The material is also moisture-wicking and features GoldFusion technology to fight body odor. 

I use my Rhone T-shirts exclusively for the gym, and I’ve found the GoldFusion technology to be effective. This is an important feature for me because washing my gym clothes after one wear is simply unrealistic. The shirt also has built-in UPF 50+, so you’re getting extra sun protection for your outdoor workouts and activities too. 

When I do wash my Rhone shirts, they come out of the washer and dryer in perfect condition. At this point, Rhone shirts have been in my gym rotation for about two years, and I’ve yet to experience fading or shrinking — and at $68 each, that type of quality is expected.

Aside from the stellar quality and fit, I really appreciate the quotes that Rhone incorporates into its shirts. The bottom of the hem on the Reign T-shirt reads, “While living I want to live well.” It’s a nice touch for people who are working to reach their goals and could use some extra inspiration.

Again, at $68, this shirt is expensive, so I’d suggest going with a cheaper option if you only need something to wear casually or to lounge in. 

What to buy:

Reign Classic Short Sleeve (small)
Brooklinen

Brooklinen Prospect Tee

The Brooklinen Prospect Tee is so soft and comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

Before testing the Brooklinen Prospect Tee, I wasn’t expecting to have such a positive experience with it. Just about any T-shirt can be considered comfortable to some degree, so I figured Brooklinen’s wouldn’t be much different. After all, it is just a T-shirt. 

But as soon as I put it on, I was proven wrong. The Prospect Tee is super soft and has a slightly relaxed fit that makes it especially comfortable to wear. I originally wore it around the house and then to bed since Brooklinen technically considers it loungewear, but I’ve also worn it quite a few times outside. Don’t let the word “loungewear” trick you into thinking you can’t wear this T-shirt in the real world, because you absolutely can. 

Brooklinen says that each piece undergoes five separate quality-control checks to ensure it won’t warp, shrink, stretch, sag, or pill, and so far I’ve found that to be true. My Prospect Tee, as well as the Bergen Joggers (a pair of lounge pants I’ve also tested from Brooklinen), have held up amazingly in the wash. Both pieces are just as soft as the first time I wore them.

If you prefer a V-neck, the York Tee has all the same great features. 

Read our full review on Brooklinen loungewear.

What to buy:

Prospect Tee (small)

 

Tommy John

Tommy John Undershirt

Tommy John is unlike any other undershirt on the market — in a good way. The collar stays flat, it fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.  

Sizing options: S-XXL, fits snug, but as an undershirt, that’s how you want it to fit. 

Tommy John started with the mission to bring men’s undergarments into the 21st century and its undershirts are, in my opinion, the best example of how it’s doing that.

To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. To put it plainly, they look sloppy.

Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. They’re close-fitting, but not tight, long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.

While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in three materials — Second Skin, Cool Cotton, and Air. I’ve tried all three and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness, breathability, or a lightweight feel.

I especially like Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt.

Read my full review on Tommy John undershirts.

Second Skin Crew Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt 2.0 (3 pack) (small)
Uniqlo

Uniqlo Packaged Dry T-Shirt

If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry Crew Neck T-shirts are the way to go. 

Sizing options: XXS-3XL. Fits true to size. Size up for more of a relaxed fit.

Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are far from the brand’s best-made T-shirts (check out the Uniqlo U Collection if you want higher quality), but they’re still essentials in my wardrobe. 

I love them because they’re affordable enough that you can stock up on a bunch of colors. You never know when you’re going to need a T-shirt in a specific color, so you can buy all of your favorites and have them on deck. 

Something to note is that they come folded and packaged (hence the name), so you’ll want to quickly hit them with a steamer to get rid of the creases. 

In my experience with Uniqlo Dry Packaged T-shirts over the years, I have seen fading, shrinking, and pilling after a decent amount of wears, washes, and dry cycles, but I didn’t mind. By the time they were worn out, I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth.

If you like to buy a T-shirt and wear it repeatedly — not sparingly — then I’d recommend a higher quality pick, but these will certainly get the job done.

What to buy:

Dry Color Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (small)
Cuts Clothing

Cuts Clothing

The T-shirts from Cuts Clothing are soft, fitted in the right places, and come in a variety of fashionable hem styles and colors.

Sizing options: S-XXL. Shirts have a close-to-body fit, but they are true to size.

As the self-proclaimed makers of “the only T-shirt worth wearing,” I had pretty high expectations before trying the shirts from Cuts Clothing. But, they ultimately lived up to the hype.

Founded in 2016, Cuts Clothing was created for men looking for high-quality clothing that could be worn anywhere. Most T-shirts are more or less the same, but Cuts Clothing’s T-shirts have notable differences that give them a unique and elevated feel.

The shirts use the brand’s proprietary custom-engineered material, which is just as soft and stretchy as some of the best performance gear I’ve worn. What makes the shirts special is the contemporary cuts and colors available.

You can choose between fitted or regular; crewneck, V-neck or henley; regular, split, rounded or elongated hems. I had the opportunity to try the crewneck with every hem style and I enjoyed being able to create different looks.

In addition to the great assortment of shirt styles, Cuts is also known for its contemporary colors. You’ll always find basic colors like black, white, and grey, but the brand also offers out of the norm colors like Red Rum and Laurel Oak. 

If you like to get dressed with a bit more consideration than whether your T-shirt is clean and if it matches, then Cuts Clothing is a great option.

What to buy:

T-Shirts (small)
Carhartt

Carhartt

Designed as workwear, Carhartt T-shirts are roomy and extremely durable.

Sizing options:  Standard sizes are S-2XL, Big and Tall sizes are 3XL-5XL and Large Tall-4XL Tall

Carhartt is one of the most popular outdoor workwear brands and its T-shirts are a brand staple. They’re designed to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of hard work, but they’re also more than capable of being a long-lasting casual piece. 

Whether you decide to wear it for hard labor or casually, you’ll get far more wears and washes out of any Carhartt T-shirt compared to other options.

The brand has one of the most inclusive size ranges and are designed to be roomy for a comfortable fit. If you prefer a more fitted T-shirt, it’s recommended to go down a size or pick a slimmer T-shirt altogether.

Most of Carhartt’s T-shirts feature a left chest pocket, which is equally good for utility and style. You’ll also find plenty of color options. 

What to buy:

Men’s Loose Fit Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt (small)
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The 5 best places to buy UPF sun protection clothing for hiking, fishing, boating & other outdoor adventurers

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  • UPF clothing protects your covered skin from UV radiation while outside fishing, hiking, boating, and traveling.
  • Brands make everything from long sleeves to skirts to hats with UPF protection now.
  • L.L.Bean is our top pick for brands that sell sun protection clothing for its wide selection of well-made, attractive UPF clothing.

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Most of us know that when we’re headed out for a beach day, backyard BBQs, home pool parties, or outdoor adventures, we need to slather on sunscreen to prevent a sunburn and minimize our risk for skin cancer. But skin protection goes beyond just lotion you rub on your exposed parts. The skin under your clothing while you’re out hiking or building sandcastles with your kids can still be exposed to harmful UV radiation.

That’s why sun-protective clothing and accessories should be a staple of your summer wardrobe. The Skin Cancer Foundation says that sun-protective long sleeves, shorts and pants, hats, neck gaiters, even gloves, are the most effective form of sun protection. These specially designed items feature tighter weaves than normal clothing which reduces the number of UVB and UVA rays that can penetrate through to your skin. Some brands, like Columbia Sportswear, also use proprietary tech for added features, like reflecting any lingering rays away from your skin.

How protective an item is is defined by its Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). While Sun Protection Factor, or SPF, is measured by how long it will take for UV-exposed skin to redden, UPF indicates how much UVB and UVA can reach your skin through the fabric at hand, the Skin Cancer Foundation explains. The average cotton tee has a UPF of 5, which means the garment allows 95% of incoming UV rays to penetrate it, while an item with UPF 50+ only allows 2% of the sun’s rays to pass.

If you are an avid adventurer, chances are you already have some lightweight long sleeves or hiking pants with UPF features. But if you usually cover-up at the beach with a cotton long sleeve from the local gift shop, or you’re hiking in a generic workout top, you might need to up your UPF protection. Luckily, as outdoor adventures become more popular and more people are taking their fitness under the sun, a wide range of brands are designing clothing and accessories with built-in sun protection. To help you find the most stylish sun-smart offerings on the market, we’ve rounded up five fashionable brands that sell clothing with a minimum of UPF 50.

Here are the best sun protection clothing brands:

Best UPF clothing brand overall

L.L. Bean UPF shirt

L.L.Bean is a one-stop-shop for summer basics for both men and women, including button-up tops, trousers, shorts, tees, and even dresses that feature built-in UPF 50 at a moderate price point.

Pros: Great basics with sun protection of UPF 50, mostly reasonably priced, lots of options and variety in products, offerings for both men and women, seal of recommendation from Skin Cancer Foundation

Cons: Fancier items can get pricey

Size range: XXS-3X for women’s; S-XXL in regular and tall for men

There’s a reason why L.L.Bean is a go-to source for stylish yet durable outerwear and accessories. The American brand has been making high-quality functional goods for more than 100 years. While you probably own a pair of L.L. Bean’s winter boots or cozy thermals, the company’s summery UPF clothing is just as good.

The iconic company has more than 150 items with built-in sun protection for all genders, including separates, dresses, outerwear, and accessories. Trousers and tops mostly retail for $60 or less, while higher-end pieces like hiking jackets and polarized sunglasses range from $100 to $250.

The brand recently earned The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation on dozens of styles in its collection, including the popular Cropped Comfort Trail Pants. The foundation’s Seal of Recommendation is given to sun conscious products that meet the strict criteria of an independent Photobiology Committee.

Best sporty brand

Athleta UPF

If you like to be active while outdoors, Athleta’s on-trend activewear with UPF 50+ is just what you need.

Pros: Stylish activewear with UPF 50+, many versatile pieces that can be worn multiple ways, high-quality

Cons: Expensive

Size range: XXS-3X for women in petite, regular, and tall

If you love to exercise in the sunshine, check out the UPF workout wear at Athleta. The activewear brand is known for its fashionable yet functional pieces and the company also has a large variety of sun-conscious items.

While Athleta offers plenty of basic tanks, leggings, jackets, and swim that have built-in protection, many of the brand’s most popular UPF items can pull double duty in your summertime wardrobe. Like the Stinson Back Zip Tank, which can be also used as a rashguard or the Makaha High Neck Reversible Bikini Top and Makaha Reversible Bottoms, which can be mixed and matched into four different swimsuit combinations.

Insider Reviews writer Kylie Joyner is a huge fan of the brand’s Sunlover UPF Tank saying, “it provides excellent protection from the sun’s rays.” She added that it is great for hot runs because it  “wicks sweat away easily, and dries quickly.”

Kylie also mentioned that the Athleta UPF top is on the more expensive end but “its performance, quality, and the features it offers make the price justifiable.”

Best bright-colors brand

Lilly Pulitzer UPF

If your warm-weather wardrobe is full o bright prints, Lilly Pulitzer‘s UPF clothing will be right up your alley.

Pros: Fashionable feminine items with UPF 50+, variety of items and prints, great for vacations

Cons: Very bright colors and prints might not be for everyone

Size range: XXS-XL

Resortwear brand Lilly Pulitzer is known for making colorfully printed clothing that screams summer. Knowing that a lot of the brand’s customers pack its cheerful designs for tropical holidays, Lilly Pulitzer expanded its collection to include pieces made with sun protective fabrics.

The vacation-ready UPF 50+ line includes everything from preppy pullovers and sporty leggings to flirty frocks and ruffled skirts, all in the same vivid and happy prints as the regular collection.

The UPF 50+ Sophie Dress was the brand’s first foray into sun-protected clothing and remains one of the most popular pieces to date with a 4.7-star rating on Lilly Pulitzer’s website. The feminine frock comes in six different prints and can be customized with your initials.

It’s just one of the pieces from the stylish line that can offer protection when worn as a cover-up to the beach but is sleek enough to take you from the sand to dinner in a snap.

Best swimsuit brand

land's end swimsuit UPF

If you spend your summers outside laying by the pool or hanging out on the beach, Lands’ End‘s stylish UPF 50 swim and cover-up options will ensure your skin stays protected.

Pros: High-quality swimwear and cover-ups with UPF 50, The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, large variety of options

Cons: Pieces with technical functions can get expensive

Size range: XS-3X in regular, petite, and long

While Lands’ End has a huge offering of clothing with UPF 50, its swim and cover-up collection is the largest we’ve ever seen. The swim line includes one-pieces, bikinis, swim skirts, rashguards, and even dresskini styles.

Land’s End also offers plenty of cover-ups with built-in sun protection, including dresses, tees, shorts, and skirts in a variety of colors, prints, and sizes. Much of the brand’s clothing also has The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation including the Women’s Perfect Suit One Piece and the Women’s Swim Fabric Skirts.

While most of the line is at a moderate price point, some of the pieces with technical features like tummy control and Slendertex fabric can be pricier.

Best technical plus-size brand

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Luke Combs fishing in Columbia Sportswear

Columbia Sportwear uses its proprietary technology to make high-quality UPF clothing for fishing, hiking, trail running, and traveling and is one of the few brands to offer sizes up to 5X and 3X for men and women, respectively.

Pros: Range of sizes; durable, technical gear; sport-specific which includes fishing gear at a larger size; widely available, affordable

Cons: Women’s sizes max out at 3X

It’s no surprise that one of the leading technical outdoor apparel brands would make great sun-protectant clothing. Columbia Sportswear’s UPF items feature Omni-Shade™ Sun Deflector tech, which utilizes reflective dots to deflect sunlight away from your body, while the Omni-Shade™ fabric itself is tightly constructed with UV absorbers to keep any rays that do make it through off your skin. Its sun-protectant clothing is also sweat-wicking to keep you cool and dry on hot days.

The brand offers a huge range of UPF clothing — including tops, bottoms, jackets, hats, gaiters, gloves, even cute jumpsuits and dresses — for most every outdoor activity that has you baking under the sun (namely fishing, trail running, hiking, and traveling). What’s more, Columbia offers these protective items to fit a range of sizes, up to a 5X for men and a 3X for women. While quite a few brands on this list make UPF clothing up to a 3X for women as week, Columbia’s gear overall is some of the most popular with plus-size adventurers for durable, technical, and functional needs.

Popular options include super functional picks like the PFG Tamiami™ II Long Sleeve Shirt, PFG Tidal Deflector™ Hoodie, and the Anytime Outdoor™ Long Shorts, as well as clothing that’ll keep you looking cute but also protected like the Anytime Casual™ Skort and the PFG Freezer™ III Dress (ideal for vacations!). — Rachael Schultz

Brands for UPF hats, gloves, and other accessories

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Coolibar has an extensive collection of UPF 50+ clothing and accessories — everything from scarfs and hats, to beach shawls and even gardening gloves— that look good and offer solid protection.

Seirus Innovation is a partially black-owned business and one of the leading brands for sun-protectant accessories. It makes UPF gloves, neck gaiters, and a wide variety of sun hats that have the helpful ability to physically connect to the neck gaiters for serious skin protection.

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The 5 best places to buy women’s cardigan sweaters

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  • Cardigans are perfect for when you catch a chill – or just want an extra layer of warmth.
  • Everlane, Gap, and Forever 21 are a few of the brands we turn to for great cardigan selections.
  • If you want to broaden your search, check out our guide on the best women’s sweaters.

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When in doubt, don a cardigan. That seems to be an unofficial rule in styling – whether you’re looking to polish a casual outfit or if the temperature suddenly drops. After all, in addition to keeping you sharply dressed, it also helps keep you warm in frigid office environments. When it comes to picking out your perfect cardigan, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, you’ll want to consider the fit. While some cardigans make slouchy look elegant, others are slightly more buttoned-up, and could almost pass for a less structured blazer. Also important to keep in mind is the material of your cardigan. Wool probably won’t work as well in warmer environments, while a thin cotton won’t do much to keep you cozy in the winter.  

No matter which of our favorite brands you choose to buy your next cardigan from, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. And while these options are marketed for women, we believe folks should wear what they like, regardless of their gender. But if you’re looking for men’s sizing, check out our guide to the best men’s cardigan sweaters

Here are the 5 best places to shop for cardigans:

Loft

LOFT Relaxed V Neck Cardigan in Whisper White

Loft’s cardigans have withstood the test of time thanks to their comfortable materials, durable construction, and classic aesthetic.

Sizing options: XXS-XXL in regular and petite

Though Loft has been around since 1954, don’t assume that the brand has lost touch with modern fashion. Rather, the cardigans from Loft do a great job of combining timeless elegance with more recent trends — jewel tones, unique cuts, and a distinctive point of view.

What you’ll love best about Loft is its extensive variety when it comes to cardigans. Whether you’re looking for a v-neck cardigan, longer cardigan, or cardigan with pockets, Loft has something for you.

One example of the brand’s consistently timeless elegance is the Relaxed V-Neck Cardigan. This sweet and simple sweater in black, white, or navy could blend in perfectly at a more professional function. Meanwhile, the Slouchy V-Neck Cardigan paired with jeans and sneakers could make an easygoing weekend errands outfit. 

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Everlane

Everlane The Cotton-Merino Cardigan in Mist

Everlane‘s cardigan collection is chic and minimalistic, but oh-so cozy.

Sizing options: XXS-XL

It’s been eleven years since Everlane was founded, and in that time, the e-commerce brand has managed to make its way into what seems like every millennial’s professional and casual wardrobe. And with pieces like its cardigans, it’s really not very difficult to see why.

Everlane is absolutely unmatched in making the simple look sleek. Take, for example, The Texture Cotton Cardigan. The larger-ribbed knit design, made of a cotton-nylon blend, gives this sweater its texture and structure. Plus, the tortoise shell buttons add an elegant yet modern touch. While you could easily take this cardigan with you on a windy beach day, you could also wear it to the workplace without feeling too casual.

Everlane also does the boxy, oversized look better than most, but its fitted options are beautiful as well. The Cotton-Merino Cardigan is the embodiment of the classic cardigan with its slimmer fit that looks fantastic tucked into a pair of jeans or slacks. 

As for color options, Everlane offers up minimalistic neutrals to cover the basics as well as muted tones for subtle pops of color. 

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Forever 21

Forever 21 Ribbed Cardigan Sweater in Light Olive

Forever 21 is here to prove that you can buy a cardigan for less than $20.

Sizing options: XS-XL

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have more than a couple Forever 21 pieces hanging in my closet, and surprisingly enough, the ones that have lasted the longest have been my cardigans. When it comes to your basic, everyday cardigan selection, this teen-focused brand is actually a great place to start your search.

Because this brand caters toward a younger customer base, you’ll also be pleased to find that all of these styles are remarkably affordable. You can find a number of cardigans, like the Longline Cardigan Sweater for less than $25, and there are even styles for as low as $7. The millennial clientele of Forever 21 may also appreciate the more contemporary cardigan designs. Take, for example, the Ribbed Lettuce-Edge Cardigan with its playful trim and collar. 

But just because Forever 21 has a few more creative options on its list doesn’t mean that it’s pushed traditional styles to the wayside. The Heathered Knit Cardigan Sweater is a cozy yet chic cardigan that could be dressed up or down. 

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Gap

Gap Ribbed Cardigan in Oyster Beige

Not only is Gap‘s cardigan selection vast in styles, it has colors and sizes for everyone. 

Sizing options: XS-XXL in regular, petite, and tall

If you’re looking for variety, head over to Gap. You might be surprised to find that this brand has a ton of assortment in terms of cardigan designs, colors, and sizes. To start, Gap carries cardigans that are open, buttoned, cropped, long, belted, and hooded. They’re ribbed, textured, softspun, and printed – you name it. And you can find these offerings in splashes of pink, blue, green, red, and more. 

One of the more practical factors to consider when picking out a cardigan is sizing. Gap, however, makes it easy for all with its Regular, Petite, and Tall ranges. Thankfully, a number of the stylish cardigan sweaters you can find in the Regular section, are also offered in Petite and Tall sizing. 

Some pieces to note are sportier cardigans like the Fleece Hooded Cardigan or chunkier, more casual options like the Button-Front Cardigan. But if neither of these fit the bill for you, the Ribbed Cardigan looks like a sweater you could easily elevate to an office look. 

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Topshop at ASOS

Topshop at ASOS Tie Detail Wrap Cardigan in Rose

For cardigans that nearly reach the floor, check out Topshop‘s collection at ASOS.

Sizing options: XS-XL

If your preferred look is British chic, look no further than Topshop and its ever-trendy selection of cardigans. And while it may not be accurate to suggest that the long cardigan look is from across the pond, it does  decidedly fashion-forward. Take, for example, the Maxi Cardigan, a long open cardigan that has drop shoulders, side splits, and a ribbed trim. But just because it’s a more relaxed fit doesn’t mean it’s not stylish — thanks to its ankle (or almost floor, depending on your height) length, it doesn’t look just like every other knit cardigan you’ve ever owned. 

But the long cardigan isn’t the only style Topshop does well. The brand makes cropped, balloon sleeve, and collared cardigans, to name a few. The Cropped Cardigan is one of the brand’s more colorful and casual offerings, while the Tie Detail Wrap Cardigan is a versatile neutral option that turns the wrap trend into a chunky sweater. 

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Levi’s sales are down as remote workers turn to loungewear over jeans

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  • Levi’s revenue in the recent holiday quarter was down 12% year-over-year.
  • Sales beat expectations as losses slowed in the fourth quarter.
  • As many remote workers trade out their jeans for sweats, Levi’s is starting to sell loungewear.
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Levi Strauss & Co reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Wednesday, revealing that revenue was down 12% in the holiday period – an improvement over the prior quarter.

Despite the double-digit revenue decline, the fourth quarter still generated positive cash flow, and president and CEO Chip Bergh highlighted that sales beat Wall Street expectations during an investor call Wednesday.

The holiday quarter was better than the third quarter, which saw a 27% decline in revenue, thanks in part to Black Friday. Bergh called it a “really strong year given the backdrop” of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Still, even as losses grow smaller, the future of jeans, or “hard pants,” is unclear as people spend more time at home and loungewear becomes more acceptable. Experts have been predicting the end of jeans as go-to casual wear since the pandemic began, in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, and other outlets, noting that jean sales were already falling before the pandemic. 

Bergh and the company acknowledged that “changes look like they’re here to stay,” including “casualization,” or more loungewear. Notably, losses were greatest in Asia, at 14%, though the continent has seen the most success in batting COVID-19 and reopening. 

Levi’s calls itself the “global leader in denim by a mile” in an investor call, but that might not mean much if jeans are no longer at the top. Even the denim company itself seems to recognize and hedge for this possibility by developing other products. The Red Tab line of unisex sweat suits in muted colors aimed at Gen Z sold out in only a few weeks. 

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Meet the millennial CEO who wants to redefine the ownership of men’s clothing, and convinced Alexis Ohanian and Nas to invest

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Regy Perlera.

  • Regy Perlera, 28, is the founder and CEO of Seasons, a menswear rental platform. 
  • Seasons raised $4.3 million in 2019 from investors such as Alexis Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital, and the rapper Nas. It currently offers over 500 products and has 18 official brand partners.
  • Perlera launched the company in November 2019 after noticing many rental platforms were targeted toward women, but few were focused on men. 
  • In an interview with Business Insider, Perlera talks about his company Seasons and how he wants to redefine ownership for the next generation. 
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In the summer of 2019, Regy Perlera found himself scurrying around New York. He had just left his job as a product designer at Nike and was on the hunt for investors for a new idea: a platform that would allow men to rent designer clothing. 

Perlera said investors were skeptical. Sure, Rent the Runway hit a $1 billion valuation in 2019 and other rental fashion platforms have appeared, but those mostly cater to women. He said investors wondered whether men care enough about fashion or the environment to use this kind of platform.

“I remember taking [investor] meetings in every borough,” Perlera, 28, told Insider. “The first few weeks were tough.” 

But he was able to convince at least one big investor on his idea: Alexis Ohanian, serial investor and cofounder of Reddit. By the end of July 2019, Perlera was able to raise a $4.3 million funding round from investors including Ohanian’s Initialized Capital, Notation Capital in Brooklyn, and the rapper Nas.

Perlera told Insider that he wants his company Seasons to redefine ownership for the next generation, so consumers won’t have to buy products, only to throw them out soon after. “We’re trying to change the way people think about ownership,” he said. 

The platform currently allows users to rent archival luxury from brands such as Prada, Gucci, and Dior, as well as contemporary ones like Jacquemus, Marni, and Our Legacy. 

As for the name? Well, its product offerings change based on the seasons, naturally. 

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Reconnecting with an old partner

After this funding round, Perlera reconnected with an old friend, Luc Succes, 30, who came aboard as cofounder.

They gave themselves four months to build Seasons, “a really tight deadline,” said Succes, now the company’s chief technology officer. 

After building the app and the website, Seasons launched the next November, even though investors were saying to wait until March 2020. “Now we know how that would have gone,” Perlera said, expressing his gratitude that he didn’t launch in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The company closed another funding round in February, which helped it get through the year. It still had to temporarily shut down its warehouses, and it began selling more vintage clothing, a decision made by the company’s buying director, Jesse Hudnutt. These vintage buys made up 40% of the company’s summer purchases, on trend with millennials’ increasing interest during the pandemic in vintage clothing, as Insider previously reported

Inventory is a problem for Seasons, Perlera acknowledged, mostly because it’s so expensive to acquire, and sizes often sell out quickly. To manage demand, the company decided to implement a membership tier program in November 2020, with prices ranging from $65 to $175 a month. 

Also, the platform currently services just a limited amount of people, but users have jumped at the opportunity to sign on. When Seasons launched its membership program last year, seeking to cap its users at 300, Perlera said more than 200 signed up within weeks. 

“If you think about letting anybody and everybody come to the website, you risk compromising the availability of sizes and styles for people that were already on the platform,” Perlera said. 

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Right now, the company sources merchandise from more than 18 official brand partners. At first, it didn’t ask brands for permission to sell their products on their platform – Perlera and Succes simply bought the clothes in stores and then offered them on the platform. This was, Perlera said, to prove that people were interested in renting rather than actually buying menswear. Today, Perlera said companies come to them. 

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Currently, Seasons rents out more than 500 pieces of men’s clothing and has expanded from its initial New York market to locations including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix.

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Perlera says he just wants people to care

Perlera and Succes have a long working history – they previously cofounded another tech startup, Often, which lasted from 2014 to 2016.

“There was a moment where, after we went our separate ways after starting the first company, Often, I realized that there was just something really special about building product with somebody that cared the same amount as you did,” Perlera said.

They decided to give entrepreneurship another go, and that’s when Seasons came about. Perlera said they learned from their first startup experience together when it came to finding investors for Seasons.”The second time around, I think we had to build a reputation that we could build a product,” Perlera said.

Read more: Meet one of the youngest Black entrepreneurs in tech, who just raised a seed round topping $4 million that included Alexis Ohanian

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Next-gen consumers are known to buy products that align with their social missions and values, and Perlera said next-gen menswear consumers have grown up with values popularized by the internet, interacting with their favorite brands and products online. Streetwear and sneaker communities have fostered environments that have shown enthusiasts “it’s okay to care,” he said. 

So when it comes to finding ways to keep the planet alive, the internet has told young people that there isn’t really another option – they have to care. Maybe renting a Prada bucket hat will make it easier. 

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