8 of the best places to buy men’s T-shirts, from everyday basics to performance undershirts

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  • T-shirts are one of the cornerstones of a wardrobe, no matter how fancy or basic they may be.
  • There are many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best in every category.
  • Everlane’s 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 a few T-shirts. As a quintessential item for all, T-shirts are readily available from just about every clothing company. With a countless number of tees 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 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 many 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:

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 two materials — Second Skin and Cool Cotton. I’ve tried both 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 or breathability.

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 a more 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 the shirts 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)
Tomorrow’s Laundry

Tomorrow's Laundry

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a subscription box that will fill your closet with high-quality T-shirts in both staple and unique colors.

Sizing options: S-2XL. Runs true to size.

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a new subscription box that helps people fill their closets with stylish T-shirts that are built to last. 

For $68 per month, you’ll receive one or two items, but you can also shop a la carte with T-shirts starting at $60. The subscription is definitely the more valuable option between the two, but being able to pick specific styles makes shopping outside of the subscription a good choice in some cases.

Although there are more affordable options on the market, the quality doesn’t disappoint. I’ve washed and worn all of my shirts from Tomorrow’s Laundry multiple times and they all look just as they did when they were new. I haven’t experienced color fade, shrinking, or pilling.

Monthly Subscription (small)
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to all cardholders – here are the best men’s style deals from Herschel, Nike, The North Face, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop now.
  • Below, we rounded up some of the best men’s and masculine-style deals from top brand names.
  • Take a look now so you can plan your purchases or shop early as a cardholder.

Nordstrom will be holding its biggest sale of the year at the end of this month, where customers can shop thousands of deals across the entire site. From July 28 to August 8, you can rack up huge savings in categories like fashion, home, and beauty at the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. On August 9, the prices will go back up. All tiers of Nordstrom Cardmembers can currently shop the sale early.

Menswear, shoes, and accessories will be some of the most-shopped categories during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale simply because the deals are that good, and there are plenty of them. You can save on dress shirts and suits for the office, lightweight chinos and shorts for summer, sportswear, fleece jackets for winter, and everything else in between.

In addition to rare deals on many of your favorite clothing brands like The North Face, Nike, Adidas, Madewell, and Bonobos, deals on accessories like backpacks, watches, sunglasses, and belts will be some of the best they’ll be all year.

Although you can’t shop just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), you can get an idea of what deals to grab because they won’t last for long. Preview the full sale here or check out our top men’s style picks below. We suggesting adding to your wishlist now, so when the sale begins all you have to do is hit “add to cart” and quickly check out.

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 men’s style deals:

Smartcare Trim Fit Solid Dress Shirt (medium)Stretch Pique Polo (medium)Ultra Boxer Brief (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Cloudflow (medium)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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Everlane is having a huge summer sale right now, and we hand-picked the best deals

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Everlane model wearing a black hoodie and a white bikini bottom
  • Starting today, Everlane is hosting a huge sale with hundreds of items for up to 60% off.
  • You’ll find underwear for as low as $6 and T-shirts as low as $9.
  • The sale continues as long as inventory lasts, though we predict most styles will go very quickly.

Everlane is the name behind many of our favorite wardrobe staples. It’s where we’ve found our go-to slip-on sneakers, comfortable loungewear sets for working from home, and dozens of other basics that have made their way into our everyday rotation.

And while the transparent pricing model already makes Everlane fairly accessible, it just got even easier to fill up your closet thanks to the retailer’s huge Summer Sale. Starting today, July 19, you can find nearly 1,000 styles for men and women at up to 60% off.

Everlane doesn’t often host sales, so this is one event we recommend checking out. Most of the styles included are summer pieces, like crewneck tees for $12 and a pair of strappy sandals for $19, but you can also get ahead of the fall season with classic cashmere sweaters discounted to just $40.

The sale will continue while inventory lasts, but with prices like this, we don’t expect that to be very long. Just keep in mind while making your selections that many, though not all, of the items are final sale.

You can see some of the best items included in Everlane’s Summer Sale below, or head straight to the site to start shopping here.

The best women’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Weekend Tiered Dress (medium)The ReNew Sport Sandal (medium)The Forever Slip-On Sneaker (medium)The Perform Legging (medium)The Square-Neck Bikini Top (medium)The Luxe Cotton Tie-Front Tee Dress (medium)The Canvas Overalls (medium)The Clog (medium)The Paperbag Dress (medium)The ReCotton Tee (medium)

The best men’s style deals from the Everlane Summer Sale

The Cotton Crew (medium)Modern Snap Backpack (medium)The Slim Fit Japanese Oxford Uniform (medium)The Slim Fit Jean (medium)The Cargo Jogger (medium)The Denim Chore Jacket (medium)The ReNew Short Parka (medium)The Italian Wool Trouser (medium)The Casual Blazer (medium)The Seersucker Short-Sleeve Shirt (medium)The Trainer (medium)

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The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals you can shop early as a cardholder, including discounts on Nike, La Mer, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop from July 12.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on men’s style, women’s style, and beauty and grooming.
  • Preview the sale and add your favorites to your wishlist for July 28 or shop early as a cardmember.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, you’ll need to know all about the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicks off on July 28 and will run until August 8. And on August 9, you can expect prices to go back up.

If you’re a Nordstrom Cardmember, you can access the sale early beginning this week. Today, July 12, cardholders with Icon status can shop the sale. On July 14, cardholders with Ambassador status can begin to shop, and on July 16, cardholders with Influencer status (entry-level members) can begin to shop.

The 12-day savings event will include thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now.

Though you can’t purchase them just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), adding these items to your wishlist will make checking out incredibly easy when the sale begins. And these aren’t even all of the deals we expect to see. Nordstrom has teased steep price cuts on rarely-discounted brands like Dyson, Theragun, and more.

The best women’s style deals

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Assorted 3-Pack of Ankle Socks (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best men’s style deals

Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Men’s Shop Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best beauty deals

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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The 6 best men’s workout shirts of 2021

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  • A great workout shirt provides benefits like moisture-wicking technology, stretch fabric, and odor control.
  • It’s important the shirt also fits comfortably and performs well during activities like strength training or running.
  • Our top pick, Ten Thousand’s Versatile Shirt, excels in terms of fit and performance and is my go-to for any workout.

Ask any fitness enthusiast about their preferred style of workout shirt and they’ll likely spend a few seconds listing off things like moisture-wicking fabric, innovative cooling technology, or sweat-activated fabrics. While these may sound like a collection of buzzwords, the application behind these concepts are both staples and must-haves in the world of workout clothing.

For years, the who’s who of brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Reebok were the major players in the workout shirt market, constantly innovating on their own in-house tech while keeping tabs on what competitors put out. But as of late, a number of smaller companies have elbowed their way into the conversation with some fresh, unique takes on the humble workout shirt.

Be it a unique manufacturing process that makes use of real gold particles or a revolutionary fabric designed to not just wick moisture but to actively cool a wearer’s body temperature, today’s workout shirts are full of inventive and practical variety.

It’s because of that variety that deciding which workout shirt to buy isn’t always a straightforward decision. Perhaps you enjoy working out at home, or maybe you primarily exercise by running or cycling. Maybe you do a little of everything.

For me, I fit into the latter camp and feel as though there’s plenty of room in my wardrobe for an array of reliable workout shirts. Not only does a mixed bag of options help reduce how often I have to do laundry but different shirts work better for different workouts.

For example, I prefer a shirt with some sort of stretch design or increased range of motion when lifting weights but grab for a tee that does well to wick moisture before I hop on my bike or go for a run. Though those differences in features may seem small, they have a major impact both on my performance and comfort – and they’re incredibly important considerations when shopping for a workout shirt.

To help find the best currently available, I tested (and continue to test) an array of the latest releases to find those that excel at not just being comfortable, functional, and high quality, but are ultimately worth investing in, too. Though this guide gets updated often, the shirts featured are an accurate snapshot of exactly what I wear when working out each week.

Here are the best men’s workout shirts:

The best workout shirt overall

TTVersatile

Ten Thousand’s Versatile Shirt lives up to its name by being one of our favorite multi-purpose workout shirts — it’s great for anything active, be it cardio, strength training, HIIT exercises, or cycling.

Pros: Comfortable workout shirt that’s good for almost any workout or activity, flatlock seams prevent chafing, doesn’t hold onto odors, sweat-wicking and quick-dry fabric work well

Cons: Fit can differ from what you’re used to but double-check using the brand’s interactive fit guide before buying

Ten Thousand’s workout gear is a staff favorite, and when it comes to workout shirts designed to perform over a variety of exercises, it’s the brand’s Versatile Shirt I grab over and over again. Not only does it fit comfortably but it pulls off being both minimalist and functional, making it great for weight training, running, cycling, and even yoga — there’s a reason it has the word “versatile” in its name.

Made of 84% polyester and 16% spandex, the shirt features a breathable design that, along with its sweat-wicking and quick-drying tech, allows it to remain comfortable no matter how warm or sweaty I’d get. Even when temperatures cooled off, this shirt still performed well, and I especially appreciate its flatlock seams which avoid chafing of any kind (which is a must on my longer runs). 

Similar to how Rhone uses gold particles in its fabric, Ten Thousand infused its Versatile shirt with a silver ion anti-odor treatment. After intentionally wearing it for a 15-mile bike ride followed by an hour resistance band workout, the shirt did well to avoid hanging onto any odors, even if my own self was ready for a full-on shower. 

I do recommend reviewing Ten Thousand’s fit metrics as the medium shirt I tested was just slightly on the shorter side (and I’m roughly 5’8″). The chest, shoulders, and arms all fit properly but I would’ve liked just a bit more length (and may try the Large next time). The site does have a highly useful interactive fit chart that showcases different model body types across each size to give you a good sense of how it’ll fit once you try it on. 

The best workout shirt for runners

Nike Dri Fit shirt

Yes, it wicks moisture and sports the Nike logo but the Nike Dri-Fit Miler helps runners go the distance, thanks to flat seams to avoid chafing and reflective details to increase visibility.

Pros: Reflective details offer increased visibility, flat seams reduce chafing and feel comfortable on the skin, and the Dri-FIT tech actively wicks moisture

Cons: Despite a reflective pattern, dark colors not recommended for runners who run at night

Based entirely on the amount of constant rubbing and chafing a runner experiences on even short jaunts, the type of athletic apparel they choose needs to satisfy a particularly high standard. Nike, a brand that needs no introduction, knows a thing or two about workout gear and has excelled for decades at manufacturing some of the industry’s best, and most innovative, active clothing.

The story remains the same with its Dri-Fit Miler, an athletic shirt designed specifically for runners.

Led by its patented Dri-Fit technology, the Miler excels at wicking moisture but also proves capable of staying dry no matter the mileage — a feature that dramatically impacts both comfort and performance. With a dropped hem in the back of the shirt, it offers more coverage than most other running shirts and its flat seams help avoid excess chafing while feeling soft on a wearer’s skin.

Perhaps its best and most important feature is the reflective pattern Nike used to keep runners visible throughout their run. Be it morning, afternoon, or dusk, the reflective details shine brightly when hit with headlights or a flashlight, helping alert those passing by to the runner’s position. Though running at night requires an entirely different approach, the shirt still reflects in the dark. However, the dark colors aren’t recommended for those who prefer running when the sun’s gone down.

The best workout shirt for odor control

Rhone Reign shirt

Rhone’s Reign sets itself apart with GoldFusion technology that wicks moisture, controls odors, and decreases drying time.

Pros: GoldFusion technology is as innovative as anything on the market, odor control that actually works, fast drying time, and a comfortable, stylish fit

Cons: Premium price tag

There are innovative workout shirts and then there’s the Rhone Reign, a shirt that features actual flakes of real gold and uses the company’s GoldFusion technology. Hardly a gimmick, GoldFusion has a three-pronged impact in that it actively wicks away moisture, combats odor, and dramatically decreases drying time.

So, not only does the technology keep you dry and comfortable but it keeps even the worst gym smells at bay — a feature the rest of the people at the gym would surely love, as well.

Though GoldFusion is its rightful claim to fame, the Reign shirt still scores highly in other areas like fit and comfort. Essentially a performance synthetic tee, it’s capable of holding up to almost any workout, activity, or sport and remains comfortable throughout. With raglan sleeves and flatlock stitching, it achieves a better fit throughout without chafing or irritating your skin.

Rhone may have only just come onto the athletic apparel scene in recent years but armed with its GoldFusion technology and a casual, modern fit, the Reign lives up to its name.

The best workout shirt for hot weather

arctic cool shirt

Powered by HydroFreeze X technology, Arctic Cool’s Crew Neck shirt utilizes an innovative fabric that works to lower your body temperature while also wicking sweat. 

Pros: Innovative HydroFeeze X cools body temperature and actually works, UPF 50+ rating blocks 98% of harmful UV rays, antimicrobial cooling tech is machine-washable and never fades, and it spreads moisture across the shirt as it wicks to improve dry time

Cons: Plain style and color choices

Rhone’s Reign may have gold flakes in its fabric but Arctic Cool’s plainly-named Crew Neck shirt has its own ace up its sleeve: HydroFreeze X technology. Flashy name aside, HyrdoFreeze X is more than just marketing-speak. It’s a type of fabric that, while wicking moisture, dramatically lowers your body temperature.

As you sweat, the fabric absorbs that moisture and disperses it across the material. As air moves over the surface of the shirt, it creates a cooling effect that can make you feel up to 30 degrees cooler. Once it moves through the shirt and cools down, any excess moisture is then wicked completely from the garment. Better yet, the tech is antimicrobial, meaning it’s able to sustain a lifetime of washes and still perform.

Though the shirt itself is a bit plain, the HydroFreeze X fabric offers a premium fit that’s capable of supporting a variety of exercises and activities. Additionally, each shirt is rated at UPF 50+, so it offers a high level of sun protection, blocking up to 98% of harmful UV rays.

The best-fitting workout shirt

Person wearing Saxx Aerator workout shirt

The Saxx Aerator is one of the best-fitting athletic shirts I’ve worn as it’s cut to better fit your arms and chest without looking boxy through the rest of the shirt. 

Pros: Great fit, comfortable, works well for a variety of workouts like HIIT, running, or biking, comes in a L/S variety

Cons: Limited color options

Though Saxx is known mainly for its inventive line of, shall I say, supportive underwear, the brand also makes a selection of workout apparel. One such shirt (which is also available in a long-sleeved version) is called the Aerator, and after wearing it for several months, I’m a huge fan.

Perhaps my favorite part about the shirt is how it fits. It features a flattering cut that’s bigger in the chest and slimmer through the waist. This allows it to achieve a more fitted look that stays true to size and doesn’t look boxy or ill-fitting. Not only does this make me feel more confident while wearing it but a shirt that fits correctly just functions better. 

The Aerator is available in three colors, and while each is solid and works well for anyone’s personal style, the fact there are only three may seem basic to some — to be fair, this is a minor nitpick. 

I’ve mainly worn this shirt while running or doing at-home workouts, and it’s perfectly held up for all of it. Even during the humid summer months when it can get drenched in sweat in a matter of minutes, it avoids feeling too heavy or bogging me down, and its moisture-wicking tech seems to work as advertised. The Aerator quickly became one of my workout apparel staples and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. 

The best workout shirt for cold weather

under armour shirt

Under Armour’s HeatGear Armour long sleeve shirt makes frigid winter runs a bit more manageable. 

Pros: Second-skin fit allows for layering without sacrificing performance, soft and lightweight, HeatGear fabric stays warm in the coldest temperatures, four-way stretch offers wide range of movement, and Under Armour compression helps improve performance

Cons: Limited to wearing in cold to moderate weather

Under Armour made its name designing and manufacturing some of the best compression athletic gear on the market and its HeatGear Armour long sleeve shirt is the perfect example of the brand’s innovations. Featuring a second skin, compression-style fit and lightweight construction, the HeatGear Armour is a form-fitting shirt that offers comfortable support.

With a four-way stretch design, it not only avoids hindering your performance but also accentuates it by allowing for movement in any direction. The shirt lives up to its HeatGear name by truly shining when temperatures drop as the fabric was built for keeping you warm in frigid weather. It even boasts a UPF 30+ rating, which helps protect against harmful UV rays — something anyone’s capable of being exposed to year-round.   

The long sleeve tee also wicks moisture and dries quickly which is an incredibly welcome feature for those who like to run outside and break a sweat. No more plodding away on an indoor treadmill, Under Armour’s HeatGear Armour allows anyone to enjoy a training session outside of the gym, even in the dead of winter.

The best workout shirt for casual wear

reebok shirt

With a stylish cut and quick-dry fabric, Reebok’s Supersonic 2.0 fits in at the gym, at home, or the bar after a workout.

Pros: Stylish cut, effective moisture-wicking technology, quick-dry fabric that performs in any environment, and its loose-fitting torso allows for a greater range of motion

Cons: Fitted design may not be suitable for all body types

A company mostly synonymous with sneakers, Reebok’s athletic apparel is just as impressive as its shoes. With the Supersonic 2.0, the Adidas subsidiary takes a stab at offering performance fabric designed to wick sweat, dry quickly, and look good in the process. With an athletic cut and stylish design, not only does this shirt deliver on performance but it’s also capable of being worn all day, every day if you so please. 

Made of 95% polyester and 5% spandex, the Supersonic 2.0 is lightweight and highly breathable and is as capable of wicking away moisture as it is helping avoid excessive sweat spots. That means you can wear it to the gym and, even after an intense workout, still wear it while meeting up with friends or heading back to work.

Featuring a fitted cut to hug a wearer’s upper torso, the bottom flows freely allowing for a wide range of movement. No matter if it’s an afternoon of basketball, an hour of lifting weights, or simply going for a run, the fit stays true throughout and performance is never limited. Reebok’s Supersonic 2.0 is about as functional and versatile of an everyday shirt as it gets. We do recommend washing it regularly, though.

What else I’m testing

The market for workout shirts is broad, which makes it seem like there’s an endless amount of options to choose from. What this also means is that there’s no shortage of workout shirts showing up on my doorstep for testing. While the above shirts are tried, tested, and approved, the following shirts are currently being reviewed to see if they have what it takes to make it into the spotlight. 

Here are the workout shirts I’m currently testing: 

Hylete Calavera Tri-Blend Crew: One of my favorite parts of Hylete’s Calavera is that it looks like a normal tri-blend shirt I’d throw on with a pair of jeans yet it performs just as well as some of the workout shirts featured in the main guide. I was originally skeptical that it’d just feel like wearing a cotton shirt (and come with all the same drawbacks) but I was quickly convinced otherwise after wearing it through a particularly sweaty home boxing session. Hylete offers a wide variety of similar shirts, too, each with fun graphics and colorways. 

Janji Runterra TeeThe Insider Reviews team has written at length and often about the quality of Janji’s workout apparel, and it remains one of our favorite brands to wear when breaking a sweat. One of its shirts I’ve been wearing recently is the Runterra Tee, a technical cotton blend shirt that’s highly comfortable, blocks odor, and that uses volcanic ash to thermoregulate the body. That’s a mouthful to just simply say this shirt is an active person’s dream. I wear it often for just about any activity and never feel I’ve made a bad choice.

Tracksmith Harrier TeeTracksmith’s Harrier quickly became one of my go-to running shirts after wearing it just once while on a run. Featuring a classic design, the shirt wicks moisture, dries quickly, and blocks odors, which is essentially everything a quality running shirt should offer — and it does it all thanks to a Merino wool blend. 

Workout shirt glossary

Just as there’s variety in the available options, there’s also variety in a wearer’s desired application or workout style. Perhaps a runner wants a more lightweight option or a fitness buff desires something that looks good every day, no matter the activity.

Regardless of intent, there’s a suitable workout shirt designed specifically for everyone. A great workout shirt doesn’t just get the job done but does so without sacrificing performance, comfort, or style. 

Here are some of the most popular styles and features of men’s workout shirts:

Sweat-wicking: Sweat-wicking shirts work to remove moisture from your skin. They also don’t soak up any of that moisture (like a cotton tee might), allowing them to avoid feeling overly heavy as you work out. 

Odor control: Fabrics with odor-control technology help minimize lingering odors. There are several ways manufacturers are able to do this, either constructing the shirt of merino wool, having it feature a highly breathable design, or, in the case of Rhone, use gold particles infused into the fabric. 

Quick-dry fabric: Workout shirts with quick-dry fabrics are often made from merino wool, polyester, or nylon (or a blend) and are designed to be highly breathable. 

Four-way stretch: This type of fabric allows for greater freedom of motion, helping the wearer feel less hindered while running, lifting weights, or doing moves like lunges or burpees. 

How we test workout shirts

Each shirt featured in this buying guide went through several rounds of testing across a variety of workouts and activities. These workouts include weight training sessions with resistance bands, medicine balls, and dumbbells, 30-minute cardio sessions of either an outdoor run, outdoor bike ride, or an indoor stationary bike ride, and indoor interval training routines. 

No workout shirt is the perfect, one-style-fits-all, so each selection also lists a few drawbacks to consider, be it sizing and fit issues, an expensive price tag, or lack of color choice. New product styles and releases are always being considered for future updates, as well. 

Here are the four categories we judged each shirt on during testing:

Fit: An ill-fitting workout shirt won’t exactly motivate you or push you through to the end of your workout, no matter if you’re out for a run or using resistance bands at home. When testing, we looked at everything from how stretchy it was and how well it moved along with us, if the armholes allowed for proper range of motion, and if there was enough coverage through the bottom. 

Performance: Performance is essentially the execution of a workout shirt’s fabric tech, especially today. How well does it wick sweat or control odor? Is it breathable and does it avoid chafing? A workout shirt’s performance is one of the most important factors we considered because the last thing you want to be thinking about while working out is why your shirt feels like a hundred pounds drenched in sweat or what the foul smell might be. 

Fabric tech: Innovative fabric tech is now the norm in every manner of workout gear as brands have adopted everything from gold-infused materials and multi-stretch fabric to active cooling and UPF protection. Since these are now standard practice, it raises the bar in terms of judging how well a workout shirt applies the tech. 

Value: The value of a quality workout shirt is less about how much it costs and more about the combination of the three categories before it, as well as what its final price is. We often say it’s better to spend more on a premium product than to spend less, more often on something that’s shoddily designed and won’t last. 

A note on fit

Though the workout shirts featured in this guide have the name “men’s” in them, they’re not strictly for cisgender men. The cut and design of the shirts may differ from similar clothing intended for women but anyone is able to wear whatever shirt they feel comfortable in.

This is especially true in the world of workout apparel where comfort and performance are far higher priorities than what specific gender they’re intended for — and each of the shirts featured below was tested with those features in mind. If you’re looking for workout clothing that more closely identifies with the fit and design of women’s apparel, check out our guide to our favorite women’s workout clothing brands

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Amazon Prime Day is almost over – don’t miss these under-$25 deals that’ll only be live for a few more hours

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We found the best Prime Day deals under $25 that are still available as the sale wraps up today, June 22.

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The Prime Day sales are almost over, so it’s time to get those items you’ve been thinking about. Big sales on robot vacuums and laptops are still live, but you can also make last-minute purchases on a budget. Everything on this list is under $25 through the end of Prime Day at midnight PDT.

We’ve found some hidden gems this year, and we’re especially excited about the discounted Tile Pro, Dash Deluxe Egg Cooker, and Mario Badescu facial spray set.

These are the best Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals under $25 still available on day two. Keep an eye on this list as the deal day wraps up – we’ll keep updating it with new deals we uncover.

For more on Prime Day, check out our explainer on all you need to know about the event and how to shop to your fullest potential. Also be sure to follow along with our liveblog for the latest deals.

Here are the best Prime Day deals under $25:

Tech deals

PowerCore Slim (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Galaxy SmartTag (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Smart Plug (medium)All-New Echo Dot (4th Generation) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Fire TV Stick 4K (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Beauty deals

Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (medium, Preferred: Amazon)3-Barrel Ceramic Jumbo Hair Waver (medium)Makeup Sponge Set (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection Trio, Lavender, Cucumber, Rose (medium)

Home deals

New York City Candle (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Honeycomb Wine Rack (medium)Satin Pillowcase (medium, Preferred: Amazon)myQ Smart Garage Door Opener (G0401) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Wireless Mini Dehumidifier (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kitchen deals

Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker (medium, Preferred: Amazon)4-in-1 Cordless Electric Wine Opener Set (medium)Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Nonstick 9″ Round (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pre-Seasoned 12 Inch. Cast Iron Skillet (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Baby Nessie the Loch Ness Monster Tea Infuser (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Health deals

No-Touch Forehead Thermometer PT3 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Mouthwash (2-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Personal Water Filter (2-Pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Style deals

Women’s Active Tank (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Women’s High-Waisted Biker Shorts (medium)Women’s Classic Fit Gathered Long Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium)Carousel Racerback Bralette (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kid deals

Earth Science Kit (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Pet deals

Cat Condo (medium)Plush Dog Pet Bed (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Service and subscription deals

Music Unlimited (medium)Plus (Monthly Subscription) (medium)Subscription (medium)

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The best Prime Day deals under $25 that you can still get on Day 2 of the sale

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Sure, you can save big on that robot vacuum or that laptop this Prime Day, but if you’re looking to spend less and save more, there are plenty of deals to be found on a budget. Everything on this list is under $25 during Prime Day, which ends today, June 22.

We’ve found some hidden gems this year, and we’re especially excited about the discounted Tile Pro, Colgate Hum electric toothbrush, and Mario Badescu facial spray set.

These are the best Amazon Prime Day deals under $25 in 2021. Keep an eye on this list as the deal day continues -we’ll keep updating it with new deals we uncover.

For more on Prime Day, check out our explainer on all you need to know about the event and how to shop to your fullest potential. Also be sure to follow along with our liveblog for the latest deals.

Here are the best Prime Day deals under $25:

Tech deals

10-inch LED Ring Light (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Smart Plug (medium)Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (medium)All-New Echo Dot (4th Generation) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Fire TV Stick 4K (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Beauty deals

Rosewater Toner (medium)Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set (medium)Makeup Sponge Set (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection Trio, Lavender, Cucumber, Rose (medium)

Home deals

Honeycomb Wine Rack (medium)Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser (medium)Satin Pillowcase (medium, Preferred: Amazon)myQ Smart Garage Door Opener (G0401) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Wireless Mini Dehumidifier (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kitchen deals

4-in-1 Cordless Electric Wine Opener Set (medium)Burke Deluxe Cold BrewMaker (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pre-Seasoned 12 Inch. Cast Iron Skillet (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Baby Nessie the Loch Ness Monster Tea Infuser (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Health deals

Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Mouthwash (2-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Personal Water Filter (2-Pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Hum Toothbrush (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Style deals

Women’s Classic Fit Gathered Long Sleeve Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium)Blue Light Blocking Glasses, 3-Pack (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Carousel Racerback Bralette (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kid deals

Super Art Coloring Kit (medium)Lazy River Pool with Sunshade (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Earth Science Kit (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Pet deals

Cat Condo (medium)Plush Dog Pet Bed (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Service and subscription deals

Music Unlimited (medium)Plus (Monthly Subscription) (medium)Subscription (medium)

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The best Prime Day deals under $25 to add to your shopping cart

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Sure, you can save big on that robot vacuum or that laptop this Prime Day, but if you’re looking to spend less and save more, there are plenty of deals to be found on a budget. Everything on this list is under $25 while on sale during Prime Day, which continues through June 22. We’ve found some hidden gems this year, and we’re especially excited about the discounted Tile Pro, Colgate Hum electric toothbrush, and Mario Badescu facial spray set.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas in July like Hallmark or looking to treat yourself to something special, these are the best Amazon Prime Day deals under $25 in 2021. Keep an eye on this list as the two-day shopping event progresses – we’ll keep updating it with new deals we uncover.

For more on Prime Day, check out our explainer on all you need to know about the event and how to shop to your fullest potential.

Here are the best Prime Day deals under $25:

Tech deals

Smart Plug (medium)Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (medium)All-New Echo Dot (4th Generation) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Fire TV Stick 4K (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Beauty deals

Spritz Mist and Glow Facial Spray Collection Trio, Lavender, Cucumber, Rose (medium)Makeup Sponge Set (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Home deals

Satin Pillowcase (medium, Preferred: Amazon)myQ Smart Garage Door Opener (G0401) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Wireless Mini Dehumidifier (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kitchen deals

Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Pre-Seasoned 12 Inch. Cast Iron Skillet (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Health deals

Mouthwash (2-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Personal Water Filter (2-Pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Hum Toothbrush (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Style deals

Blue Light Blocking Glasses, 3-Pack (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Kid deals

Earth Science Kit (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Pet deals

Plush Dog Pet Bed (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Service and subscription deals

Music Unlimited (medium)Plus (Monthly Subscription) (medium)Subscription (medium)

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27 quirky gifts from Urban Outfitters, from mini playing cards to outdoor movie projector

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There’s no better feeling than finding a gift that you just know perfectly aligns with your giftee’s tastes and personality. Searching for unique gift ideas that feel special and tailor-made for a specific person is no easy task. Thankfully, Urban Outfitters is the ultimate source for fun gifts that are quirky and unique enough to truly stand out.

Whether it’s clothing, tech, home accessories, or anything in between, Urban Outfitters gift options cover a wide spectrum so you can shop for everyone on your list. We combed through its vast selection ourselves to put together a list of our top Urban Outfitters gifts.

Here are 27 quirky and cool gifts from Urban Outfitters:

A bluetooth-enabled sleep mask

Urban Outfitters Wireless Bluetooth Music Sleep Mask; gift from Urban Outfitters

Wireless Bluetooth Music Sleep Mask, $40 

Sometimes, quality sleep is the best gift of all. They can block out the sunlight and doze off to their favorite songs, podcasts, or audiobooks with the help of this sleep mask.

A cookbook for making food and taking out emotions

"Steamed: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner and Your Feelings On the Table" by Rachel Levin and Tara Duggan; gift from Urban Outfitters

“Steamed: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner and Your Feelings On the Table” by Rachel Levin and Tara Duggan, $20 

A cookbook is a pretty standard gift for any foodie, but this one is different from the rest. It not only shares delicious recipes, but it also helps readers release their feelings while creating the dishes. They can make recipes like Pounded Chicken Parmesan, Feeling Sad French Onion Soup, and Tune-It-Out Tinga.

An underwater camera for fun photoshoots

Urban Outfitters Sunnylife X Rolling Stones Underwater 35mm Camera; gift from Urban Outfitters

Sunnylife X Rolling Stones Underwater 35mm Camera, $24 

Whoever you’re shopping for likely already owns a camera or has one built into their phone. But those cameras probably can’t capture photos underwater. This 35mm camera is the perfect gift for summer, allowing them to do underwater photoshoots with their loved ones.

A colorful puzzle for cat lovers

Cat Zodiac 500-Piece Puzzle; gift from Urban Outfitters

Cat Zodiac 500-Piece Puzzle, $15 

For the cat and horoscope enthusiast, they’ll have a blast with this 500-piece puzzle. While it’s challenging to put together, they’ll enjoy the end results. Cats that represent each of the twelve horoscope signs cover the puzzle, with bright colors and beautiful illustrations.

A book with creative cocktail recipes they’ve never tried

"Cocktails with a Twist: 21 Classic Recipes. 141 Great Cocktails" by Kara Newman; gift from Urban Outfitters

“Cocktails with a Twist: 21 Classic Recipes. 141 Great Cocktails” by Kara Newman, $19.95 

If the person you’re shopping for can’t seem to find exciting, new cocktail recipes, get them this book. It shares creative renditions of 21 classic drinks. They can’t get bored with these fresh takes on cocktails like the Manhattan and Negroni.

A mini card game

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World’s Smallest Uno Card Game, $6

Now they can take the fun of Uno anywhere thanks to this super small set. It features all the same cards as the traditional game, but is mini enough they can even slip it in their pocket. 

An illustrated ukelele

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Ukelele, $30

Whether they’re already a pro player or looking to start up a brand new hobby, this ukelele is a unique gift idea. It’s also as beautiful to display as it is fun to play.  

An at-home foot spa

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HoMedics Bubble Bliss Deluxe Foot Spa, $25

Pamper their feet with this delightful at-home foot spa that offers a gentle bubble massage. It even has toe-touch control and a splash guard to ensure a mess-free indulgence.

A mini backpack for all the essentials

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BDG Mini Backpack, $19.99

This versatile mini backpack is large enough to fit everything they need for a weekend day out and about, while still being compact enough for easy on-the-go travel. A handy side and front pocket make accessing essentials easy, and it comes in an array of color options from classic black to an ombre-style pink and red.

A fleece blanket that will keep them warm all season long

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Amped Fleece Throw Blanket, from $29

Some days, it’s just too cold to leave the couch. With plenty of color choices, this fleece throw is bound to please anyone.

A colorful camera to capture new memories

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Fujifilm UO Exclusive Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera, $69

This instant camera is the latest from Fujifilm, and it makes capturing memories more fun than ever. If you’re feeling especially generous, get them some film so they can start snapping right away.

A cheese board for the plant lover in your life

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Daisy Cheese Board, $18

If you ask me, cheese tastes better when it’s served on a daisy-shaped board. This cheese board is sure to be a hit at any happy hour, dinner party, or game night. 

Colorful roller skates

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Roller Derby Candi Grl Quad Roller Skate, $109

They can sail around the neighborhood or work on their fancy footwork at the boardwalk. These colorful skates are both an eye-catching accessory and an easy mode of transportation. They come in green, pink, and blue.

A record player that sounds as great as it looks

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Crosley UO Exclusive Cream + Rose Gold Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player, $99

A record player is a worthy investment that they’ll use for years to come. Its portability and subtle cream color make this specific version an excellent addition to any room. 

A sustainable and stylish tote

Urban Outfitters gifts Keith Haring Tote

Keith Haring Tote Bag, $24

As reusable bags become a sustainability staple, they’ve also become a means for expressing one’s personal style. This machine-washable, faded tote bag pays homage to Keith Haring.

A hoop earring set for any occasion

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Hollow Hoop Earring Set, $20

A good pair of hoops goes a long way. Luckily, this set gives you three pairs in either silver or gold. 

A necklace that makes layering easier than ever

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Chain Necklace Set, $18

This set of three gold or silver chain necklaces will allow them to mix and match however they want. They can wear all three together to take the guesswork out of layering, or they can pair each individual chain with their go-tos for a new take on their favorite look.

A mini projector for at-home movies

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Packard Bell Home Theater Projector And Screen, $98

Turn any backyard, patio, or rooftop into the ultimate at-home movie theater with this mini projector and screen. It can be adjusted from 32 inches to 150 inches to fit just about any space and easily hooks up to a gaming system, cable, or streaming box. Pair this with some fun bean bags for an extra comfy setup. 

A gift card for those who just can’t decide

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters Gift Card, from $25

One of the best things about Urban Outfitters is the variety. For those who like to be open to options, a gift card is a perfect solution. 

A warm hug from a heatable plush

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Smoko Toasty Heatable Plushie, $36

This cozy llama is the perfect companion for a cold day. The material is both microwaveable and freezable, so this heating pad can double as an ice pack. 

A poster fit for any Baby Yoda fan

Urban Outfitters gifts Baby Yoda poster

Baby Yoda Poster, $10

The most adorable star of “The Mandalorian” can now live right in their bedroom (sort of). If you’re looking for more Baby Yoda gifts, we’ve got you covered.

A sweatshirt for anything – from sports to sleep

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Champion Reverse Weave Fleece Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $54

Whether relaxing at home or getting in a workout, this sweatshirt is up for the task. Plus, it’s offered in many different colors (though neutrals are only available currently).

A cool storage space for their cosmetics

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Cooluli Mini Beauty Refrigerator, $49.95

This miniature fridge is specifically designed for cosmetics that need to be kept cool, such as serums and creams. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty enthusiasts in your life. 

A pair of boots appropriate for any season

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Dr. Martens Jadon Platform 8-Eye Boot, $180

Doc Martens have been a staple for years, and with good reason. These boots are ready for all seasons, outfits, and gift recipients.  

A smiling basketball for a happy athlete

30 best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Chinatown Market X Smiley UO Exclusive Smiley Basketball, $59

This basketball is bound to make anyone smile. The Chinatown Market X Smiley collaboration will be a hit on the court. 

An adorable donut toaster

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Dash Mini Donut Maker, $30

This mini donut toaster packs in all of the fun and none of the frying. It cooks up to seven mini donuts at a time in less than three minutes, so their sweet tooth won’t have to wait all too long.

A light that’s almost good enough to eat

best gifts from Urban Outfitters

Smoko UO Exclusive Dumpling Light, $22

What’s cuter than a smiling dumpling? This portable light adds just the right amount of glow (and a slight dumpling craving) to dark nights. 

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The best men’s jeans in 2021

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  • There are numerous denim brands, and trying to find your perfect pair of jeans isn’t always easy.
  • From looser fits to stretchy jeans to summer whites, we’ve found the best jeans to buy right now.
  • Besides the various cuts, fades, and distressing, there are other considerations. We lay them out below.

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Jeans have been functional workwear, rebellious youth garb, a symbol of American culture, and today remain the most popular style of pants across the globe. While denim has become ubiquitous, jeans still allow wearers to display their individual styles, especially now. There’s a seemingly limitless amount of cuts and colors, material blends, fades, and distressing for whatever your style or even your mood. Beyond mere looks, we’ve included environmentally friendly jeans, denim made in North America, and some budget-friendly choices as well.

Here’s a quick rundown on some denim terms it’s helpful to know.

  • Raw denim: Denim that hasn’t been washed or distressed.
  • Sanforized: A process whereby the denim is preshrunk to prevent further shrinkage when you wash your jeans.
  • Selvedge: High-quality denim that’s woven on smaller shuttle looms that produce tightly woven ends on the fabric (“self edges”), keeping it from fraying. These “self-edges” are used in constructing the jeans’ finished seams.
  • Stacking: The way excess denim stacks on top of itself at the ankle.

The best way to care for your jeans so they’ll last as long as possible is easy. Wash them in cold water inside out and hang them to dry. That’s it!

A Note On Fit

The brands in this guide are geared towards men’s sizing but can be worn by any gender identity. For smaller sizes, please refer to our guide focused on traditional women’s sizing.

Levi’s 501 ’93 Straight Fit

501 '93 Straight

Levi’s, the originator, continues to stay relevant with its looser fit 501 ’93 Straight made with organic cotton. 

Nearly 150 years after launching the world’s first pair of jeans, Levi’s continues to stay relevant. The trend in men’s pants of late has been towards looser fits, inspired by 1990s silhouettes, and Levi’s has gone back into its archives for both its 501 ’93 Straight Jeans and the 551 Z Authentic Straight Jeans. 

The button-fly 501 ’93 Straight is a recreation of Levi’s 501 Originals from the 1990s. The jeans sit on the waist, as opposed to the hips, and are roomy at the seat and thigh. They’re not tapered, but are cut straight through from hip to hem, as the name implies, and stack slightly at the hem. The jeans come in eight different washes, including Marshmallow, a bright white perfect for summer. Pair them with a warm pastel-colored T-shirt and your favorite white sneakers. They’re made in Egypt from organic cotton. They have 1% elastane for a touch of added stretch, but are not stretchy jeans. 

For an even looser fit, the 551 Z is the way to go. Based on Levi’s first preshrunk jeans from 1961, they’ve been reimagined with a 1990s sensibility. These zip-fly jeans feature a loose fit through the seat, hip, and thigh and stack at the hem. The jeans feel soft and broken-in from the get go. There’s subtle distressing at the pockets on the Hula Hopper wash. For a more distressed look, get the 551 Zs in Phantom. The jeans are made in Cambodia from a sustainable cotton-hemp blend. They do not have any stretchy material added, but are roomy enough not to need it. Levi’s makes both styles using Water<Less water saving techniques. The initiative, which began in 2011, has saved more than 3.5 billion liters of water from the finishing process compared to conventional methods, according to the company. 

501 ’93 Straight Men’s Jeans (small)551 Z Authentic Straight Men’s Jeans (small)
COS Recycled Cotton Tapered Jeans

COS Tapered Jeans

The COS Tapered Jeans are a classic with the bonus of being sustainably made. 

COS, which is owned by fast-fashion giant H&M, is a London-based Scandinavian brand focused on sustainability through the materials used in its clothing, their durability, and their timeless design—an important component to keeping clothing out of landfills. The brand first launched in the U.K. in 2007 and has been flourishing in the last few years. The company sourced more than 75% of its clothing sustainably in 2020 using materials like organic cotton and recycled wool, cotton, and polyester. COS has pledged to use 100% repurposed, recycled, or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. 

The COS Tapered Jeans represent the company’s aesthetic and ethos well. These jeans are made from cotton reused from its supply chain—scraps of fabric leftover from cutting patterns—that’s rewoven into new fabric. The classic look of the button-fly tapered jeans means they won’t be going out of style anytime soon. They have a soft handfeel and a regular fit that tapers from knee to hem. The Tapered Jeans look good on most body types. They are 100% cotton, so they aren’t stretchy, and are rivet-free. The company says this is to make the jeans easier to recycle. They come in blue or dark grey. The belt loops are on the narrow side and will fit a thin leather belt but not a wider style

For those who prefer a slimmer cut, COS offers Slim-Leg Jeans in four washes made from organic cotton. 

Recycled Cotton Tapered Jeans (small)Slim-Leg Jeans (small)
Naked & Famous Denim Left-Hand Selvedge Jeans

Naked & Famous Left Hand Selvedge Jeans

The Naked & Famous Left-Hand Selvedge Jeans are made in Canada from raw Japanese selvedge denim and are priced below other comparable luxury brands. 

Raw denim isn’t for everyone. The cost can seem as stiff as the jeans when you first put them on. Naked & Famous Denim, a Canadian brand launched by Brandon Svarc in 2008, may convert you. They only use top-quality Japanese denim and sew their jeans in Canada. While most luxury denim brands charge $200 and up for jeans, you can get a pair of Naked and Famous for about $150. Svarc, in an email, said the company can produce luxury jeans at this price because they don’t do washes or distressing and don’t advertise or have paid celebrity endorsements. N&F are also sustainably made. Since the denim is raw, there aren’t any of the environmental issues associated with the finishing process. Additionally, both Japan and Canada have high environmental and labor standards. 

While known for its wild creations, like glow-in-the-dark denim and raspberry scratch-n-sniff jeans, the brand’s core essentials, like the Left-Hand Twill Selvedge, are what keeps its customers coming back. It’s made from Japanese left-hand twill denim, which is softer (once it’s worn in) than the industry standard. The jeans are dark blue with contrasting gold stitching. They’re button-fly and made from a midweight 13.75-ounce denim, which is comfortable for all year-round wear depending on the climate. I got the Weird Guy fit (regular tapered). This is the brand’s most popular style because it looks good on most everyone. It has a medium rise, fits straight through the leg and has a gentle taper from knee to ankle. These are made from selvedge denim and colored using a natural indigo dye. I got my normal size (32) based on the company’s measuring guide. They fit snugly at first, but after a few weeks have loosened up nicely. The jeans are sanforized. 

The company also has a new Recycled Selvedge Denim jean, made from denim scraps left over from pattern cutting that are recycled and spun into new yarn. They’re a striking heather blue because of the addition of ecru fiber. 

Weird Guy – Left Hand Twill Selvedge (small)Weird Guy – Recycled Selvedge (small)
Dearborn Denim SVR Tailored Fit Jeans

100% cotton jeans called SVR

Dearborn Denim manufactures its jeans in Chicago and charges reasonable prices, which is kind of unheard of these days. Best of all they look great and are well-made.

Dearborn Denim is an outlier. It’s a U.S.-based company that manufactures its jeans in its Chicago factory and sells them for less than $70. They also just launched a less expensive version under $40 that sold out of the first run almost immediately. Don’t worry, it’s back in stock. Robert McMillan, a former bond trader, started the company in 2016 looking to help revitalize American apparel manufacturing, believing it is “a great industry for steady and fulfilling employment for many people,” he told me in an email. He credits Dearborn’s efficient production and supply chain and no outsourcing for being able to sell quality, American-made jeans at reasonable prices while giving the workers fair wages and good benefits. 

As mentioned above, Dearborn recently released 100% cotton jeans called SVR that, like the company’s other products, are made in Chicago. The Tailored Fit jeans run true to size, have a medium rise and have a slight taper from knee to ankle. These zip-fly jeans come in a dark rinse, which is a stunning midnight blue. They are comfortable from the get-go and are a great value at $39. Dearborn can sell the jeans at this price by not including things like rivets, which are pretty much just decorative anyway. You end up with solid, American-made jeans.

If you’re looking for a slimmer fit, Dearborn makes a Slim Fit that comes in 9 washes, including two different dark washes. This is a stretch denim, made from 92% cotton with 7% polyester and 1% elastane making for comfortable wear. The denim is made in Mexico and sewn in Chicago and Dearborn sources all the trim (button, zipper, leather for the label) in the U.S. 

100% Cotton Tailored Fit Dark Wash (small)Tailored Fit Dark Wash (small)

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