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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7 pairs of washable work pants for women that’ll save you from trips to the dry cleaner

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  • It’s hard enough to find the perfect work pants, let alone ones that are washable.
  • We rounded up seven top-rated options from brands like Spanx, LOFT, M.M.LaFleur, and more.
  • Each pair is office-ready, easy to care for, and lets you skip the trip to the dry cleaners.

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Finding the perfect pair of women’s work pants is an odyssey some of us seemingly spend our entire lives traveling.

Day after day, we’re confronted with a never-ending loop of misshapen chinos, leggings that claim to be pants, and the occasional red herring of a great stretch pant that morphs into a deflated parachute by midnight.

But, for all the terrible fits and fabrics out there, there are some really great options – and you don’t have to spend more than $200. All of the work pants on this list are machine-washable, stretchy without bagging out, and some even have upgrades like adjustable hems so you don’t have to change for different footwear or pay a tailor to cut off the necessary four inches for a petite frame.

Below, you’ll find our personal favorite washable work pants along with other top-rated options we’ve rooted out based on their many rave reviews.

The 7 best pairs of washable work pants for women in 2021:

M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant in Black

Several of us on the Insider Reviews team own the Foster from M.M.LaFleur, and they’re some of the best overall work pants we’ve come across. The silhouette is sleek, classic, and versatile enough that you can wear it casually on the weekend too. What really differentiates these pants though is the adjustable hem, a rare feature that lets you instantly change the length. We also like how the stretchy material holds up to its wrinkle-resistant claims so you look as polished at the end of the day as you did walking out the door. 

Foster Pants (small)
Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants

Waist down side view of a model wearing the Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants in black

When it comes to quality basics, we could easily fill up an entire wardrobe with Eileen Fisher’s minimalistic designs. The brand’s Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants have a pull-on style and feature all the comfort of a legging, but with a straight-leg silhouette you can dress up with heels or loafers. You can choose from classic black or an elegant off-white color, but take note that the off-white is fairly transparent.

Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants (small)
Everlane The Dream Pant

A model leaning against a desk wearing the Everlane The Dream Pants in black

If you dread the idea of returning to “hard pants,” the Everlane Dream Pant is here to bridge the gap between joggers and formal slacks. It’s made with a soft cotton/modal blend but cut into a tailored silhouette with pintucked details. They’ll feel more professional when paired with a button-down or blouse, but you can just as easily pair these pants with a T-shirt too. Like the Foster, the Dream Pant is made with a wrinkle-resistant material to keep you looking fresh from 9am to 9pm. 

The Dream Pant (small)
Spanx Perfect Pant Collection

Waist down view of a model wearing the Spanx Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) in black

Spanx took its popular shaping technology and turned it into a line of work pants that’s entirely machine-washable. Dubbed “The Perfect Pant Collection,” the four styles include two skinny fits, a straight leg, and a high-rise flare. 

You can find our full review of the collection here, but the short version is that each is made with a thick, comfortable ponte fabric that looks professional while feeling like a pair of leggings. Another plus is the inclusive size range and the option to choose petite, regular, or tall lengths. 

The Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) (small)
LOFT Slim Pants

A model sitting on a white stool, wearing the LOFT Slim Pants in black

With its plethora of affordable workwear, we’d be remiss not to include LOFT on our list. The retailer’s Slim Pants feature a slightly relaxed silhouette along with four pockets for a more tailored look. You’ll also have the choice of a regular or curvy fit and a regular, petite, or tall length to help you get the correct fit right off the rack.

Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the Athleta Brooklyn Pant in black

Similar to Everlane’s Dream Pant, the Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant is a hybrid style you can wear from work to the weekend. One reviewer notes they’ve worn these pants for a hiking trip and even out to a nice dinner. 

Though they might not be the best match for formal office settings, the Brooklyn pant has plenty of range thanks to its performance material: it’s quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, breathable, machine-washable, and has a sun-protection rating of UPF 50+. Even better, these pants are sustainably made from recycled water bottles.

ADAY Turn It Up Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the ADAY Turn it Up Pant in black

The ADAY ethos is anchored in sustainability, versatility, and simplicity, with designs that help you “do more with less.” The brand’s Turn it Up Pant blends the silhouette of traditional trousers with modern details like an elastic waistband and a washable material.

The legs are made to be cuffed for an alternate look, but if you decide you’d rather have them hemmed, ADAY will actually give you a $15 gift card if you send in a copy of your tailoring receipt. 

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We asked editors, stylists, and influencers for the stylish sneakers they love – here are their 16 picks and styling tips

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It’s impossible to label a single pair of sneakers the “most stylish” of them all. That’s because everyone’s personal style, preferences, and needs vary. Instead of sharing a few options that may or may not be “cool” in your book, we spoke with a group of industry experts who know a thing or two about style and sneakers.

When we asked editors, stylists, and influencers to tell us about their favorite pairs of sneakers, we knew there was a chance we’d get a monotonous handful of options. To our luck – and yours – their sneaker picks run the gamut. From classic Converse and sporty Air Jordans to chunky “dad shoes” and sustainable kicks, there’s a stylish sneaker for everyone in this roundup. These 16 pairs of sneaks are ride-or-dies for our experts – and they might soon end up in your closet, too.

The 16 most stylish sneakers, according to experts:

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Sneaker

A feminine person wearing the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Sneaker in white, and paired with a pink tie-dye dress and a yellow beaded purse.

“My favorite sneakers are usually the classics with a fun twist — an eye-catching detail that sets them apart and makes them seem special. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Star Platforms. For starters, I tend to pair white sneakers with just about any outfit, whether it’s a dress or a casual pair of jeans because it’s a clean, neutral shoe that always provides some sort of balance. The platform, however, adds a bit of playfulness —not to mention a little height for 5’0″ me. Styled with a tube sock, these babies make just enough of a statement without being overpowering.” Samantha Sutton, senior fashion editor at InStyle.com

Chuck Taylor All Star Platform Sneaker (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)
Nike Daybreak

A feminine person wearing the Nike DayBreak SP Low-top Sneakers in a neutral colorway with a pop of orange.

“I really love a neutral sneaker with a subtle pop of color, but I’m also always on the lookout for a pair that makes my size ten feet look a little less lanky. The Nike Daybreak in Vegas Gold has the ideal silhouettestreamlined, almond toe, a bit of lift on the sole. Orange is currently my favorite color to wear, so the swoosh detail and the tan suede work with a ton of pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. I’ll style them with everything from leather trousers to high-waisted denim shorts and either a sweater, baggy t-shirt, or a vintage button-up in an array of warm tones. Bonus? They’re also insanely comfortable.” Hannah Baxter, deputy beauty editor at The Zoe Report

Daybreak (small, Preferred: Farfetch)
Buffalo CLD Chai Sneaker

A feminine person wearing a matching set in pastel orange, plus the Buffalo CLD Chai Sneaker in white.

“My go-to pair is the Buffalo London Chai sneakers. They’re all white, making them super easy to style and they have the perfect platform to give me that extra height. Most importantly, they are super comfortable and perfect for everyday wear!”Ashley Jones, content creator and blogger

CLD Chai Sneaker (small, Preferred: Buffalo)
New Balance Made in US 990v5

A feminine person sitting in a white chair on the beach, wearing the New Balance Made in US 990v5 sneaker in grey.

“As a sneaker obsessive, I have a closet full of styles I cycle through — Nike Dunks, Vans Slip-Ons, and Adidas’ Wales Bonner collab all included — but, one style I keep coming back to is New Balance’s 990v5. It’s not as clunky as other “dad shoes” but it still has the sporty-dorky vibe that I like. Just add tall socks, and everything from workout gear to a floaty dress looks good with these shoes.” Aemilia Madden, senior fashion editor at The Zoe Report

Made in US 990v5 (small, Preferred: New Balance)
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top

A feminine person wearing a white and blue striped dress with the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top sneaker in white.

“My favorite sneakers are my white Chuck Taylor All-Star Low Tops. These shoes are comfortable and timeless, and they match everything. I love styling them with feminine dresses to make the look feel more casual.” Tyler Chanel, ethical blogger

Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top (small, Preferred: Converse)
Thousand Fell Lace Up

A feminine person wearing a pastel yellow sweater vest, jeans, and the Thousand Fell Lace Up sneaker in white.

“Thousand Fell is a sustainable shoe brand that makes sneakers out of recycled bottles and natural rubber. I love how innovative they are in the ways they incorporate sustainable practices into their business. They’re vegan and use food waste like coconut husk and sugar cane to replace unnecessary plastic. At the end of use, you can turn the shoes back in to be recycled and they turn the old materials into new shoes. I also love how comfortable and versatile these shoes are.” Gabby Sage Masuda Ambata, content creator

Women’s Lace Up (small, Preferred: Thousand Fell)
Adidas Originals Torsion TRDC

A feminine person kissing a child, wearing the Adidas Originals Torsion Trdc Marathon Running Sneakers.

“My go-to pair of sneakers are Adidas’s Torsion TRDC shoe. I got them last year as more of a fashion sneaker — I wore them with joggers and wide-leg pants through winter, but they’re so comfortable that they eventually became my go-to workout shoe, too. They’re more cushiony than I’m used to, but they’re the perfect fit for hiking or walking outside.” Lauren Caruso, fashion editor and creative consultant

Torsion TRDC (small, Preferred: KicksCrew)
Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers

A feminine person wearing a matching orange knit set and the Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers in gray.

“My favorite pair of stylish sneakers would have to be my Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers in grey. I love these sneakers because the color palette is so neutral and pairs well with almost any outfit. I can dress them up or dress them down, which is why they’re my go-to sneakers for any season.” Britney Turner, founder and CEO of The Boss Up Inc.

Triple S Sneakers (small, Preferred: Saks Fifth Avenue)
Nike Air Jordan 1 Low

A feminine person wearing a black tank dress with a gold chain belt, long blue jacket, and the Nike Jordan 1 Low Panda sneaker.

“The Air Jordan 1 sneakers are an iconic and timeless style that remains top of the list for most coveted sneakers. Whether you prefer the low- or high-tops, they are a fun staple to work into your wardrobe. If you can get your hands on a pair, I would style them with a casual T-shirt dress and trench coat or pair them with a relaxed fit jean, cropped tee, and oversized blazer. Both ways help you easily achieve the effortless ‘cool girl’ street style look with the AJ1 sneakers.” Katie Peare, celebrity stylist 

Air Jordan 1 Low (small, Preferred: Stadium Goods)
Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro

A feminine person sitting on the ground and wearing a yellow shirt and the Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro in Laser Orange.

“I’ve been a huge fan of the Air Jordan 3 Retro since I was young. The simplicity is what I love the most about this sneaker. The neutral design with that little pop of color is what drew me to these specifically. I love to style them with frayed denim shorts and a cropped muscle tee, and level it up with accessories for a more “cool girl’ summer look. These will be in heavy rotation this summer!” Khadijah Lacey-Taylor, lifestyle content creator

Air Jordan 3 Retro (small, Preferred: Goat)
Dr. Scholl’s No Bad Vibes

A feminine person wearing a white top, white buttoned down shirt, and white and blue striped shorts, paired with the Dr. Scholl's No Bad Vibes Sneaker in white.

“I’m an ardent supporter of Dr. Scholl’s sneakers. This pair of classic, white sneakers is so easy to style and can work with nearly every piece in my closet. Perhaps my favorite thing about them is how comfortable they are — I’ve walked over five miles in them while traveling, without any blisters or discomfort!” Caitlin Patton, lifestyle blogger

No Bad Vibes (small, Preferred: Zappos)
Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker

A feminine person wearing dark wash jeans, a white top, a blue denim jacket, and the Reebok Classic Leather Shoes in white.

“My favorite pair of sneakers at the moment are my white Reebok shoes. I love having a classic, white pair of sneakers that go with everything. My white Reeboks are my designated travel shoe. These sneakers are really comfortable and I’ve brought them with me to trips to Austin and Las Vegas this past spring.” Emma Cortes, fashion and lifestyle influencer

Classic Leather Sneaker (small, Preferred: Nordstrom)
Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner

A feminine person sitting on a chair while wearing the Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner in white.

“One of my favorite things to complete an outfit is shoes — I’m such a sneaker-head. Normally, I’d say checks over stripes, but lately, I find myself gravitating towards the Adidas Yeezy Foam Runners. To most, this sneaker might be overlooked, but that’s why I love this shoe so much. It’s interesting, functional, and extremely comfortable. It’s so versatile that you can wear it with a very relaxed look or a dressed-up outfit, and it gives any look an interesting touch.” Kris Fe, celebrity stylist

Yeezy Foam Runner (small, Preferred: Flight Club)
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform High-top

A feminine person wearing a pink blazer, white top, and blue jeans, paired with the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform High-Top Sneaker.

“This Converse white high-top is my absolute go-to this summer because of how versatile, flattering and comfortable they are. I like to keep my closet filled with staples and trendy items, and these are a classic pair that have been on repeat for months. I style them with jeans, trousers, dresses, sweats, and pretty much anything you can think of. Plus, I’m only 5-foot-five so these give me a nice height, without any discomfort.” Lesley Silva, influencer and blogger

Chuck Taylor All Star Platform High-top (small, Preferred: Converse)
On Running Cloud

A feminine person wearing pink floral biker shorts, a black top, and a blue denim jacket, paired with the On Cloud sneaker in white.

“I absolutely love these sneakers because they’re neutral so they go with everything, they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned, and I can wear them from the gym to a bar. Most people wouldn’t wear running sneakers to a bar, but the neutral tones make for such a chic, sporty look with shiny leggings and a cropped sweater. You’ll probably find me on the streets of New York wearing a workout set, denim jacket, and these sneakers every day of the week. They’re super cute with ankle-high socks too!” Jen Lauren, influencer and YouTuber

Cloud (small, Preferred: On Running)
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

A feminine person sitting on a couch while wearing a brown dress and the Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers in white.

“These are the ultimate white sneakers and the shoes I reach for whenever I’m going to be on my feet for a while. They are a classic and go with everything. I wear a lot of black and love having the bright pop of white to keep things looking fresh.” Katie Bofshever, celebrity stylist

Original Achilles Leather Sneakers (small, Preferred: Net-a-Porter)

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Swimsuits for All boast inclusively-sized swimwear in cool styles – here’s what 3 women thought of the brand

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  • Swimsuits for All carries sizes 4 through 40, prioritizing often-ignored body shapes and sizes.
  • 3 people from our Insider team tested the brand’s swimsuits and loved the look and fit of them.
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Shopping for swimsuits can be a stressful, vulnerable, and frustrating experience. It’s doubly so when your favorite store doesn’t carry a cute style in your size, or when all the ones in your size were clearly treated as afterthoughts.

Swimsuits for All has been around since 2005 and continues to push the boundaries of style and size in the women’s swimwear space. The brand makes stylish, size-inclusive women’s swimwear in sizes 4 through 40. Its lineup includes one-pieces, bikinis, swim dresses, tankinis, and cover-ups, and most of its suits cost less than $100. Even for the ones that cost more, you can usually get them at a generous discount during one of the brand’s many online sale events.

Among its many original styles, it has also launched special collections with plus-size body positivity advocates like model Ashley Graham and fashion blogger GabiFresh. We tried a piece from each of these two collaborations, in addition to one of the brand’s original styles. Our testers range from sizes 8 to 20, and share their thoughts on the look, fit, and feel of their suits. Many sunny beach trips later, the verdict is in: the swimsuits look and feel great.

Here are the 3 best Swimsuits for All bikinis and one-pieces you can buy:

Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit

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A simple, black one-piece is a wardobe must-have — you can’t go wrong with its timeless look. Insider senior video producer Shirley Cheng likes how this swimsuit is a twist on the classic, black swimsuit because it looks anything but basic thanks to the lattice details. She sized down and found that to be the right move for her.

What’s great about this swimsuit is that you can adjust it to your liking. There’s self-tie halter straps and a hidden underwire bra with removable soft cups. But it also features Power Mesh tummy-control lining and front shirring to keep you feeling secure. Plus, if you’re concerned about how the suit fits on the bottom half, it’s quite literally got you covered with full bottom coverage.

Ashley Graham Boss Underwire One Piece Swimsuit (small)
GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set

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Basic bikinis are versatile mainstays for summertime, but to add a little something extra to your collection, you might want to check out the tie details on this set. The detail appears on both the top and the bottoms, and is fully functional. However, the two separates are still simple enough to mix and match with other suits, as well. 

You can get the right fit for you with the adjustable straps and G-hook back closure that has three adjustments. Swimsuit top sizing can be tricky, but this one fits by band and cup size, making your decision much easier. Former Insider Studios associate editor Hattie Weber can vouch for the fit and comfort of this bikini set. She also appreciates the brand’s wide variety of other styles for plus-size bodies. 

GabiFresh Cup Sized Tie Front Underwire Bikini Set (small)
Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief

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A swimsuit you can customize almost sounds too good to be true. However, the fold over brief in this set does exactly what its name suggests. You can modify the rise of these bottoms by simply folding them up or down, making this a versatile piece that you can pair with other tops. 

The top is also adatpable with its self-tie halter straps and double G-hook closure that has two adjustments. Insider senior consumer insights associate Jennifer Hernandez loves wearing the bottoms with a higher rise, although she also likes folding over the top to jazz up the plain briefs. She additionally appreciates how there are separate sizing options for each piece of the set, since one’s top and bottom measurements can vary.

Diva Halter Bikini Set with Foldover Brief (small)

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The 9 best women’s loafers that will become instant classics in your wardrobe

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  • Loafers are a classic shoe with endless variations.
  • Below are 9 of our all-time favorite pairs, from brands like Everlane and M.Gemi.
  • For other shoe styles, check out our guides to the best flats and best white sneakers.

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Loafers, like a great pair of flats, are rare in their sheer versatility and practicality. You can wear them with trousers and workwear, jeans and tees, dresses, shorts, and everything in-between. And, with the right pair, your feet won’t hate you after a long day out.

From classic leather pairs that can be dressed up for work, to chunky lug-sole styles made for bolder looks, you’ll find our picks for the best women’s loafers below.

And a quick note on pricing: We think it’s worth spending a bit more money for high-quality loafers that won’t give you those horrible back-of-the-heel blisters. They are, after all, a timeless shoe, which means the extra cost won’t go wasted on a fleeting trend.

Here are 9 of the best loafers you can shop:

Everlane The Modern Loafer

Everlane Modern Loafer

Everlane recently reintroduced its Modern Loafer with an updated look and fit, and the new version is definitely better than the old. The toe is slightly more rounded so your toes have more room to wiggle, and the leather is a bit more flexible. I haven’t gotten a blister yet from wearing them, which is more than I can say for the old pair. A stacked wood heel gives them a casual vibe, and the rubberized sole prevents slipping and sliding on slick floors. 

For sizing, these come in whole and half sizes. I always order a size 8 at Everlane even though I’m often a 7.5 in other brands. If you’re usually in between sizes, go a half size up for the best fit. 

Read our full review of the Everlane Modern Loafer here.

Women’s Modern Loafer (small)
Bass Whitney Weejuns

Bass Whitney Weejuns

There are several versions of the Whitney Weejuns (a super chunky lug-sole pair, a ’90s-inspired platform pair, a croc-effect pair, the list goes on), but nothing can beat the classic version. Though they take a bit of time to break in, especially at the heel, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how comfy and supportive the insole is. Plus, the traditional penny loafer look will never go out of style. 

In terms of sizing, these come in whole and half sizes, and I recommend going true to your usual size. If you’re in between, you’ll want to size up, especially if you plan on wearing them with socks.

Whitney Weejuns’ (small)
Gucci Brixton Horsebit Convertible Loafer

Gucci Brixton Loafers

If you’ve thought long and hard, and you know that designer loafers are what your heart desires, get the Gucci Brixton Horsebit Convertible Loafers. They’re pricey, sure, but these classic loafers will last you a lifetime. Our senior style and beauty editor, Maria Del Russo, has had her pair of Brixtons for five years and says they’re the most versatile shoe she owns. She credits this to the fold-down heel that lets you wear them like mules, so you’re essentially getting two shoes in one. The workmanship is apparent the longer you wear them, too. Maria has gotten these loafers re-soled twice, but the leather and hardware have both stood the test of time.

The one drawback to the Brixtons is that after many years, the fold-down heels have turned a slightly more faded shade of black than the rest of the heel.

As for sizing, these come in whole and half sizes, but be careful to check the sizing chart since they’re usually listed in Italian sizing, which is different from European sizing. We recommend going up if you’re in between sizes. 

Brixton Convertible Loafer (small)
Birdies Heron Slippers

Birdies the Starling Black Velvet

Birdies makes indoor-outdoor loafers that are as comfy as a regular pair of slippers. Several members of our team are big fans of Birdies — our travel editor Hannah and our senior home and kitchen reporter Connie both have multiple pairs. “For each pair, I had a brief break-in period of a week or so where the back of the shoe rubbed up against my heel, but since then, it’s molded well to my feet. I prefer to wear them on cooler days because as comfortable as the cushioned insoles are, they can make my feet sweat on hot days,” Connie said. 

Both Hannah and Connie say to order a half size up for the right fit, especially if you’re usually in between sizes. 

Read our full review of the Birdies Heron Slippers here.

Heron Slippers (small)
M.Gemi The Felize

M.Gemi The Felize Suede

The M.Gemi Felize loafers are some of the most versatile and well-made shoes that our senior reporter, Mara Leighton, owns. After a year of wearing them multiple times per week, she says they’ve held up well (no wrinkles along the top, minimal wear along the underside of the toes and heel). However, she notes that sizing isn’t perfect. “I ordered my true size, and they’ve grown looser and more custom-fit as moccasins do over time. But, even so, the top is still snug; I couldn’t layer anything thicker than a light sock with my pair.” She notes that if you’re in between sizes, or if you’ve ever had to size up in shoes, you should go at least a half size up in these.

To get the right fit, these are available in whole and half sizes, but we suggest you go a half size up.

Read our full review of the M.Gemi Felize Loafer here

Felize Suede Loafer (small)
Clea Loafers

Naturalizer Clea Loafers

For a dressy loafer on a budget, Naturalizer’s Clea style is a great buy. The leather is flexible and not too stiff, so they’re comfy for long days. Plus, you can almost always find this pair on sale in various colors, but beware that sizes sell out quickly every time they get marked down. After testing the classic black leather pair, we found the size chart to be a little off for — you’ll want to go down a half size, as they tend to run a bit large. Overall, though, this is a comfortable pair with good traction that you’ll get a lot of mileage from. 

For sizing, this loafer is available in whole and half sizes with narrow, medium, and wide widths. It’s best to size down at least a half size, as they run large.

Clea Loafer Flat (small)
Rothy’s The Loafer

Rothy’s Indigo Cloud Loafers

Rothy’s is known for making sustainable shoes out of repurposed plastic water bottles, and its loafers, which come in nearly 20 colors, are no exception. Like all of Rothy’s flats, the loafers use its proprietary thread for the upper and bio-based algae for sections of its insoles. The company’s processes also help offset carbon emissions throughout its supply chain. 

The seamless knit is breathable, stays cool, and flexes comfortably with your foot while you move. The shoes are also machine washable, so don’t worry about ordering a light color that’s prone to get dirty. The material shouldn’t stretch much over time, so make sure they’re not too snug when you first receive them. If you have wide feet, we recommend sizing up.

This loafer is available in whole and half sizes, but we recommend sizing up a half size if you’re in between sizes or have wide feet. You can hear more about why we like this loafer in our review of Rothy’s flats

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M.Gemi The Sacca Donna

M.Gemi Sacca Donna Loafer

We tested these loafers in a snakeskin pattern when they first became available, but now you’ll find several suede styles that are even chicer and more versatile. The material itself is relatively thin, but that makes them buttery soft and flexible. They really do bend with the foot and they don’t cause blisters. But, it’s worth noting that the soles are thin enough that you won’t be too comfortable walking on uneven surfaces like cobblestone (so maybe don’t take these on vacation to Europe).

You can find this loafer in whole and half sizes, but we recommend sizing up a half size if you’re in between sizes. Otherwise, go true to size. 

Read our full review of the M.Gemi Sacca Donna Loafers here.

Sacca Donna (Suede) (small)
Margaux Penny Loafer

Margaux Penny Loafer

I’m a big fan of Margaux’s flats, and these loafers are just as comfortable. The suede is soft and easy to break in, and there’s a bit of cushioning on the insole that makes them comfortable for long days out. The construction is also better than most other suede loafers I’ve tried, so points to Margaux for quality! 

I wouldn’t recommend wearing them on a super long walk, but they’re otherwise comfy for work, weekends, errands, and the like. You can expect the suede to crease across the foot pretty quickly, but that’s the case for literally any loafer made from this material. You’ll see it more in the colorful pairs but it’s barely noticeable on the black pair I have.

The sizing with Margaux shoes is actually kind of hard to get right in my experience, so heed this advice: Opting for a half size down but a wider size is likely to get you the best fit, unless you have particularly narrow feet. I am usually between a 7.5 and 8 with pretty average width, but I got the 7.5 Wide pair and they fit like a glove. The 8 would have been too big, and the regular 7.5 would have been too tight. 

This loafer comes in whole and half sizes with narrow, medium, and wide fits. Margaux is also known for its extensive size range, with this pair coming in sizes 3-14.

The Penny Loafer (small)

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Affirm lets you pay off large online purchases over time – here are 60+ stores across home, fashion, and travel that accept it

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  • It’s now easier and more convenient to buy the things you need, when you need them, with microloan providers like Affirm.
  • Affirm lets you pay for online purchases over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months).
  • Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0-30% and Affirm does not charge any additional fees.
  • It’s available at 60+ of our favorite online retailers, including mattress, home and kitchen, and clothing brands.

You’re working with a tight budget, but you need to buy an important essential, you want to take advantage of an online sales event, and you have gifts to buy for everyone in your life – what do you do? Short of having an awkward conversation with a friend or family member to borrow some money, there’s now an easier, more convenient way to manage how you pay for online purchases, on your own terms.

Affirm is a payment option you’ll see when you check out your cart at many online shopping sites. It’s especially useful for large purchases such as furniture and mattresses because it lets you pay them off over a period of time (usually three, six, or 12 months). Annual percentage rates (APR) range from 0 to 30% and you’ll always be shown upfront the total amount of interest you’ll pay. Affirm does not charge any additional fees.

You can apply for a loan as you’re shopping at one of many Affirm’s partner stores, which include women’s and men’s fashion, furniture, sports and fitness, electronics, jewelry, and watch brands.

When it comes time to pay, you’ll see something like the below:

affirm payment

From there, you can create an account, get approved for a loan, and pay off your purchase at a pace you’re comfortable with.

You can see which online retailers accept Affirm below.

They’re divided by category and we’ve also designated which ones offer loans starting at 0% APR with an asterisk.

While there are some more established companies, many are up-and-coming startups that are changing the way you shop for things like shoes, glasses, and home goods. Partnering with Affirm is just another way they’re helping to modernize and simplify the online shopping experience.

Here are 60+ stores that accept Affirm:

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The best yoga pants in 2021, according to a yoga instructor who’s tested dozens

  • As a yoga teacher and decades-long practitioner, I live in yoga pants.
  • I went on a proper search for the best yoga pants and the top choices on the market.
  • I’ve rounded up my favorites, including my top maternity leggings, below.

There are few clothing items as versatile as the yoga pant. They’re not only great for yoga class but also ideal for running errands-and sprints. This is why they’re a staple in so many of our wardrobes. All yoga pants aren’t created equal, though. And the difference between poorly and expertly-made leggings can determine whether your yoga practice is distracted and fidgety or calm and blissful.

As a yoga teacher and decades-long practitioner, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of yoga pants with my fair share of ill fits and too-thin see-through fabric. These years of informal testing led me to know exactly what to look for when formally sampling the yoga-pant market. Specifically, the material’s comfort and cut are the two most important factors.

As a yogi watches their breath and tackles challenging physical postures, a nagging fold of fabric that needs to be adjusted (and readjusted) can take them right out of the peaceful moment that they were working so hard to achieve. That’s why the best yoga pants are the kind that you don’t notice you’re wearing.

The ideal material, on the other hand, can vary based on what you want your yoga pants for. For example, the ideal hot yoga pants won’t be made from the same fabric as those for a fall outdoor class. And maternity yoga pants’ material won’t compress as a performance pair might.

With these considerations in mind, we scrutinized some of the most popular and newest pants on the market. The details on our testing process are below.

How we tested

To assess how the cut and fabric felt and moved in different situations, I wore each for a diverse range of activities. I sported each pant for three yoga sessions and one non-yoga workout. Each pant was also my attire for one full day of varied activities, from running errands to watching Netflix. Each bottom was washed twice.

The best yoga pants in 2021:

The best yoga pant overall

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Everlane’s Perform Legging is comfortable for all-day wear, yoga, and other workouts. Its high quality and relatively low price distinguishes it from comparable pants.

Pros: Comfortable, ethically made, affordable

Cons: Thin material, so these aren’t great for outdoor yoga (or wear) in cold weather.

When most people think of yoga pants, Everlane isn’t among the first brands that come to mind. But since discovering this legging, I have been recommending it widely.

As a nod to their focus on ethical production, the bag that housed the leggings announced that it “is made from recycled plastic,” and the tag on the pants invited me to visit their website to learn more about the “ethical manufacturing process.” I took them up on the offer and the site took me to a factory in Sri Lanka and told their story. Yoga is more than a physical practice. It’s also a philosophy and way of life, which has a strong focus on ahimsa, or non-harming. It felt good to know that the pants’ production was aligned.

But it wasn’t just the backstory that made me fall in love with these pants. They’re thin and sleek with few seams and made from recycled nylon and elastane. The light compression from the extra-high waist, reminded me to use my ab muscles, even in simple poses like tadasana (mountain pose). And, most importantly, when I put them on, they felt so good that they made me want to get on my mat and practice yoga. Not all pants can inspire a workout.

During my yoga practice, the leggings checked all the boxes. They were flexible, so easy to move in, and they were comfortable. They lived up to the hype of being made from a “premium performance fabric from a renowned Italian mill.” 

I also appreciated that these pants have no visible logo. My yoga practice is a time to step away from the material world, and the absence of a small symbol of consumer culture was a nice touch. They’re also well below the $100+ yoga pant price point at $58 per pair, leaving more cash to fit in the cute pocket in the waistband.

The best outdoor yoga pant

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The Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging is ideal for outdoor yoga classes in cooler climates, or for indoor low-intensity yoga classes and workouts. 

Pros: Warm, soft

Cons: Not great for indoor high-intensity yoga or exercise

As the pandemic has shuttered studios, many teachers have moved classes to parks and parking lots with socially distanced mats. This has been great for those of us who need to practice with others so can’t just Zoom a class. But what do we wear? Thin yoga pants are great for feeling free and agile during practice, but they’re not great for winter walks or outdoor classes in cooler weather. 

Of all of the pants that I tested, the Alo High-Waist Lounge Legging was the only one that had a level of thickness to provide strong protection from the wind chill of cold days. They’re still flexible, though, with Alo’s signature four-way stretch. 

When I wore these outside, they were perfect, and for lounging indoors or doing light movement, like restorative yoga or stretching, they were also great. But when I wore them indoors for more intense workouts, they were too hot for my comfort. 

Overall, these pants with Alo’s “velvety” Alosoft fabric are a dream. As the name would suggest, they feel incredibly soft against your skin, and the ribbing at the waist and ankles make them even cozier and more flattering. 

The best non-legging yoga pant

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The Sweaty Betty Gary Yoga Pants are a great alternative to leggings on days when you don’t want to feel constricted.

Pros: Comfortable, great for modesty

Cons: The thin material is not great for outdoor classes or colder climates

While you may be questioning your decision to ever wear skin tight jeans after months of quarantine, the question about why we wear tight pants is especially relevant in yoga. When I went to India to study with my yoga school, they warned us Americans that our idea of “yoga pants” wouldn’t be acceptable attire there. Looser pants were the norm. 

But the problem with baggy yoga pants can sometimes be that the fabric flies all around and makes movements clunkier. And in inversions, loose trousers may even succumb to gravity and fall down from your ankles to your hips. 

I love Sweaty Betty’s Gary Yoga Pant because they’ve thought of all of that. These pants are loose, comfortable, and lightweight, but they also work well for practice. They’re tapered at the ankles, so they didn’t fall when I was upside down. Plus, the polyester/elastane blend fabric was roomy and stretchy enough that I could move into deep poses carefree. As Sweaty Betty advertises, they’re “100% squat proof.”

When in-person yoga becomes the norm again, I’ll probably mostly wear traditional leggings, but on days when I want to feel less constricted, these would be my go-to pants.

The best pant for hot yoga

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The adidas x Karlie Kloss Primeblue High-Waist Long Tights‘ thin and airy design make them perfect for sweaty sessions. 

Pros: Light weight, affordable price, sustainably crafted

Cons: Prominent branding, too thin and airy for cold weather, can’t be tumble dried

Even with most hot yoga studios temporarily closed, many aficionados find ways to get in a heated practice at home by blasting space heaters and shoving blankets underneath doors. For these steamy classes, the right yoga pants can make a big difference. When drenched, certain fabrics’ compression and thickness leads to too much weight and cling to be comfortable. The adidas x Karlie Kloss Primeblue High-Waist Long Tights are a great thin option that avoids those pitfalls.

The pants are great for any workout, but especially good for sweaty activities like runs and heated classes. They’re made from primeblue, a material partially made of upcycled plastic, which would have otherwise ended up in oceans. They also have elastane.

These pants were comfortable for cardio workouts and unheated yoga as well. But they were less ideal for outside wear, at least in the fall and winter. Each leg has six small holes about half way down, and there’s a thinner, ribbed fabric interspersed with the main material. These touches made the leggings ideal when my heart was pumping but less so for running errands on a windy day.

Also, the branding made these pants feel less able to switch from a workout to a dressier engagement. The branding, a small “Aeroready” on the back waist, and 10 inches of “Karlie Kloss” and the Adidas logo down the hip make it clear that these are exercise leggings.

The best high-waisted yoga pant

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If you love high-waisted yoga pants, the Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging is a great pick for comfort and style. 

Pros: Versatile, comfortable

Cons: Have to be hand washed separately

When I first tried on the Alo High-Waist Airlift Legging, I felt like I was getting dressed up. The double-knit Airlift fabric’s silky sheen and high waist made them feel more sophisticated than the yoga pants I had been wearing every other day. 

High waists vary. Some land below my belly button while others nearly reach the bottom of my sports bra. I appreciated that these pants were of the higher variety. Having a higher waist supports my yoga practice because the touch of pressure on my stomach nudges me to engage my core. I’m not sure if it was that engagement, the micro-performance fabric, or both, but the pants did smooth my mid-section. And with the higher high waist, I didn’t have to worry about the pants rolling down during forward-folding poses like uttanasana or paschimottanasana. 

Another advantage of these pants is that they’re thin, but not too thin. The light fabric and its four-way stretch is great for postures that call for deep stretches, like split pose, but they’re not so light that they expose what’s under them — in other words, no visible underwear lines. The front smoothing panel is great for that protection or, as Alo says, “commando comfort.” 

The best maternity yoga pant

The Best Maternity Yoga Pant - Beyond Yoga

If you’re a yogi with a bump, these pants will give you a fit that rivals those of your pre-pregnancy pants. 

Pros: Soft, comfortable and great fit

Cons: Limited duration of usability; the extra high waist is great for a bump, but with this extra fabric, they may not be ideal far beyond pregnancy

Maintaining my yoga practice during pregnancy was crucial, not only because I’ve been practicing daily for years and wanted to keep up my strength and flexibility, but also because a prenatal practice has been shown to reduce labor pain and length. As my bump grew, however, my yoga classes—and pants—had to change. Traditional vinyasa flows became too intense, and the waists of my favorite leggings kept getting lower and tighter. It was time for prenatal classes and new yoga wear. 

Of the maternity pants that I tried, the Beyond Yoga Spacedye Love The Bump Midi Maternity Legging stood out as the best. Most yoga apparel companies don’t make maternity pants, but Beyond Yoga is one of the exceptions. Their expertise in the space showed. 

These leggings are buttery soft and fit exactly like my favorite pre-pregnancy pants. The one exception, however, is the super high waist. This top portion can be worn up, reaching just below your bra, or folded down for a more traditional yoga pant look. Personally, I preferred wearing the waist up, so that during practice, the pants would stay in place perfectly.

As I sat in squats and reached my limbs into bird-dogs, the leggings’ Spacedye fabric, which delivers on its promise of an “ultra soft feel,” stretched with me like a second skin. And as my belly has expanded over the past few weeks since I first wore them, the fit has remained just as good. I’m excited to have these pants see me through the rest of my third trimester and beyond.

What else we considered:

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  • Lululemon Groove Pant Flare Super HR ($98, sizes 0-14): As expected from Lululemon, these pant’s Nulu™ fabric is light and soft. They’re great for all day wear, and the high waist adds to their comfort. They weren’t a top choice, though, because their flare cut makes them less ideal for a fast-paced yoga practice. In inversions and seated forward folds, the excess fabric was a bit distracting.
  • Outdoor Voices Springs 7/8 Legging ($78, sizes XXS to XXXL): These were the only yoga pants that I got compliments on. Outdoor Voices’ signature color block design helps these leggings to stand out from competitors and is a creative way to have their pants be immediately recognizable as Outdoor Voices without needing a logo. I was comfortable in these leggings working out, running errands, and practicing yoga, and I also loved how they looked. But they didn’t make the top list, because I found the textured polyester and spandex fabric less comfortable than that of the other pants.
  • Beyond Yoga Heather Rib Jogger ($110, sizes XS to XL): These are another great option for a non-legging yoga pant. They’re very comfortable, and when I put them on I didn’t want to take them off for days. That said, they didn’t make the top choices, because they’re more fitted than I would like when I’m looking for a non-legging pant. A large part of the appeal of the non-legging pant to me is to not have a form-fitting shape, and these felt a little too close to leggings for me.
  • Seraphine Maternity Activewear & Yoga Power Leggings ($59, sizes XS to XL): At nearly half the cost of the other maternity leggings we tested, these are a great option if you want to invest less in pants that you’ll only be wearing for a couple of trimesters. Though I didn’t find the fit as ideal as that of the top maternity pic, these were comfortable and held up across activities. The pant legs are made of a sweat-wicking material, which made it feel like there’s some distance between me and the fabric. (This was nice at a time when I’m already feeling constricted enough!) And, the belly band is made of soft jersey material, which was comfortable to wear over my bump all day long.
  • HATCH Before, During, and After Legging ($98, sizes XS to XL): I loved these leggings. Made of 92% modal and 8% spandex, the fabric is super soft. Though they feel as cozy as pajamas, they don’t look like them, and can be easily dressed up with a nice top and non-athletic shoes. These aren’t explicitly yoga pants, but they worked well in maternity-style yoga classes, which exclude sweaty, vigorous sequences. What these pants lacked in yoga-pant-perfection, they made up for in their versatility.
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Sephora’s rewards program and product display may make you spend more money. These are other sneaky ways it gets your money.

  • Sephora has a massive following.
  • Members of the store’s rewards program have spent upwards of $35,000 to redeem exclusive members-only trips.
  • The store offers unique technology, Color IQ, to identify specific foundation shades to match customers to products.
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Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: Have you ever left Sephora with way more products than you intended to buy when you first stepped in the door? You’re probably not the only one. Sephora was named retailer of the year at the 2018 World Retail Congress. And it seems that people can’t get enough. Here are some sneaky ways you might not have noticed that Sephora gets you to spend more.

As soon as you walk into one of their locations, you’ll notice what makes Sephora different from the traditional department stores it competes with. Sephora has nearly all of their products on display, so customers can try just about everything. It’s great for the customers because they can test stuff out, but it’s equally great for the company because you’re in the store for longer, which means you’re more likely to buy more.

A 2015 study found that the likelihood of purchasing a product increases with time spent holding and looking at it in the store. The more time you spend trying out a product, the more it feels like it’s already in your possession and you need to purchase it.

Sephora also has kiosks stocked with makeup remover, tissues, and other necessities so customers can clean up, and, more importantly, so that they can try more products throughout the store. And if you’re not sure what to get, Sephora has even developed special technology to match customers with their perfect foundation shades. The device, called Color IQ, scans your skin to assign you a four-number code, which gives you a curated list of all the foundation shades from different brands that will best match your specific skin tone.

And if you’re not taking advantage of the samples, the shelves are also set up with an eye on your wallet. The most expensive products are placed on top shelves because they’re the easiest to reach, while cheaper items are on the bottom shelves. And, of course, the checkout line is surrounded with travel-size goodies to tempt you at the last minute.

Amanda Krause: So, when you’re up against the register lines and, you know, you’re kind of looking at all those mini products, you’ll find things that are maybe, you know, $5, $10, depending on what it is. And that can be enticing for a lot of reasons. Maybe there’s a primer you really wanna try but you don’t wanna spend $25 on the full size, so you can just get a smaller one for 10 bucks.

Narrator: But while the smaller products and their smaller price tags may seem like a good deal, they’re often not. Take, for example, the GlamGlow SuperMud mask. The full size costs a whopping $59. In comparison, the mini half-ounce jars for $25 seems like a steal. But in reality, the mini costs $50 per ounce, while the full-size jar comes out to about $35 per ounce. So if you’re looking to save money, the larger product is actually more cost-effective.

Another way Sephora gets customers to spend more is simply by being their go-to beauty store. They accomplish this by carrying a diverse array of brands, including ones that can’t be found anywhere else. The company often collaborates with brands to release limited-edition items, which not only draws customers in, but pressures them to purchase the products.

Krause: Sephora might have that one exclusive item that you can’t get anywhere else. So it really kind of draws people in because you never really know what you’re going to find there.

Narrator: Exclusive brands and items make it easy to keep coming back. More than anything, Sephora’s all about building brand loyalty. Case in point: their robust rewards program. According to the Harvard Business Review, reward programs not only encourage customer loyalty, but can also get new customers to shop like older, more profitable customers. And the longer a person has been a customer, the more profitable they become to the store and the less they cost to serve.

Sephora’s Beauty Insider program has three tiers, and anyone can sign up for the basic level. Members earn a point for every dollar they spend, as well as perks like a birthday gift and beauty classes. The highest, most coveted tier is Rouge, and you have to spend $1,000 in a calendar year to qualify. The exclusive benefits include significant discounts on all merchandise during Sephora’s sales and free two-day shipping year round.

Nico Reyes: So, I’ve actually been a Sephora shopper since about 2014. And only just recently, this past year, did I become a VIB Rouge.

Narrator: Sephora’s exclusive rewards for Rouge members include sponsored trips with cosmetics brands to New York City or Los Angeles, and some members have even spent more than $35,000 to rack up enough points to redeem on such trips. But is it worth the $1,000 to reach Rouge status?

Reyes: VIB Rouge has benefits that VIB doesn’t have, like early access to products, like invitations to, like, Sephora events, facials, whatever. If that’s something you’re interested in, then work towards it, sure. But if not, VIB is literally so similar. They’re so similar in terms of their benefits; I don’t think it’s worth it to actively try to spend $1,000 a year to reach that status.

Narrator: After all, both VIB and Rouge members have access to Sephora’s sales. Sephora definitely makes it easy to spend more, but finding good deals isn’t impossible.

Krause: Sephora constantly puts things on clearance, just maybe not at the forefront of the store. Keep an eye on the website, keep an eye on their social-media pages, like their Instagram, their Twitter, see what promotions are going on, and really just kind of focus on some of the sales and promotions that they do, because a lot of the times you can get equally good products for a little bit less money.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This video was originally published in August 2019.

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32 companies that give back all year long – not just around the holidays

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  • Giving back is woven into the business and operations of these 32 companies.
  • If you shop from the following brands, you’re also supporting several charitable initiatives.
  • Need more gift ideas? Check out our ultimate gift guide.

Aside from volunteering with or sending direct donations to nonprofits that make our world a better place, one way you can do your part throughout the year is to support businesses that give back. During these tumultuous times, giving back to those in need has never felt more urgent and necessary.

If you’re gifting your loved ones, it’ll only benefit more parties if you buy from companies with a social and environmental conscience.

When you buy a gift from these 32 companies, you’re also helping to plant a tree, improve livelihoods in underserved areas, save an animal, and more.

Shop at these 32 brands that give back all year long:

TOMS

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Popular shoe brand TOMS has expanded from its original shoe design and is now offering sneakers, sandals, heels, and even slippers. Philanthropy remains important to the brand, which continues to commit 1/3 of its profits to supporting various grassroots efforts.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Thinx

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Thinx offers a wide collection of absorbent underwear and apparel and donates a portion of its profits to support puberty and reproduction education and grassroots activism.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Blk & Bold

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Blk & Bold, a newly certified B-corporation, prides itself on prioritizing giving back as much as making a profit. The company donates 5% of its profits to supporting at-risk youth and works with over ten organizations with various missions to improve the lives of kids across the country.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Uncommon Goods

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Combine unique and fun finds with giving back through Uncommon Goods’ Better to Give program. Not only are you supporting small businesses by shopping with Uncommon Goods, but once you select a Better to Give partner, you’ll also be supporting the causes most important to you. Uncommon Goods currently works with organizations that focus on issues including forest conservation, supporting those whose lives have been impacted by conflict and natural disasters, and more. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Bookshop

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Bookshop allows customers to support local bookstores from afar by allowing readers to purchase books directly from their favorite bookstores. If you would like to support a specific bookstore, use Bookshop’s store locator and your pick will receive 100% of the profit from the sale. Bookshop’s mission is to support independent bookstores by connecting them with potential customers. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Everlane

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Everlane donates 10% from every purchase in this collection of tees, sweatshirts, face masks, and tote bags to the ACLU and has raised over $1 million to date. 

Learn more about the initiative on each individual product page in the collection

Bombas

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Whether you’d like to gift athletic socks, hiking socks, or dress socks, Bombas has you — and the feet of someone in need — covered. For every pair purchased, it donates a specially-designed pair to a homeless shelter. It has donated more than 43 million pairs to more than 3,000 giving partners in the US. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

STATE Bags

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When you buy a STATE bag, the company fills another with school supplies and gives it to a local student in need at a “Bag Drop” rally. It also shines a light on issues like mass incarceration, the Flint water crisis, and Black Lives Matter through its #WhatDoWeTellTheKids initiatives. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Leesa

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Leesa donates one mattress to a nonprofit for every 10 sold and has donated more than 37,000 mattresses so far. The gift of a better night’s sleep for your recipient (plus someone in need) comes in the form of four different mattresses

Learn more about the initiative here.

AUrate

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Fine jewelry startup AUrate finds beauty in honestly priced, ethically sourced gold jewelry — as well as the power of reading. Every year, it donates thousands of books to students in need in the US. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Cotopaxi

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Cotopaxi is a B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation.

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For colorful outdoor and travel gear they’ll be proud to carry, shop at Cotopaxi, the B Corp that puts 1% of its yearly revenue toward grants to nonprofits making sustainable changes in poverty alleviation. So far, it has awarded 42 grants in six countries. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Cuyana

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In line with its “Fewer, Better” philosophy, Cuyana encourages shoppers to clean out their closets by providing shipping labels to thredUP. Send in a box of high-quality apparel they no longer need, and they’ll receive a credit to shop at Cuyana. When that credit is spent, Cuyana donates 5% of the profit to H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Ease Abuse Related Trauma). 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Skylar

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Skylar is a natural, eco-friendly fragrance company that makes candles and perfume perfect for gifting. It donates a portion of proceeds and time to Step Up, a nonprofit dedicated to mentorship for girls. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Thrive Market

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Thrive Market, a place to shop natural and organic products for less, offers a one-for-one membership program. That means that every paid membership gives a free one to someone in need, like a low-income family, student, teacher, veteran, or first responder. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Parachute

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For every Venice percale bedding set sold at Parachute, it donates one malaria-prevention bed net in partnership with the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Alltrue

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Alltrue (formerly Causebox) stands out among the bevy of beauty and accessories subscription boxes by only featuring socially conscious products and companies that give back. Its main areas of impact are women’s empowerment, supporting disadvantaged producers, education and skill development, and poverty alleviation. The company itself also helps various charity partners raise funds and awareness. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Wildfang

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Wildfang, a female-founded and women-run clothing and accessories brand, donates a percentage of profits from full-price goods to a rotating monthly charity. Charities have included Planned Parenthood, Black Girls Code, and Girls Inc.

Learn more about the initiative here.

JUDY

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Judy’s bright and expert-informed emergency preparedness kits empower you to get your safety plan in place. It just launched earlier in 2020 but plans on donating 1% of sales annually to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which provides essential equipment and training to supplement city resources. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Love With Food by SnackNation

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Gift a subscription from Love With Food by SnackNation

Better-for-you snack subscription service Love With Food by SnackNation nourishes both stomach and soul by donating at least one meal to a family in need — through Feeding America — for every snack box purchased. Thanks to its subscribers’ healthy appetites for organic and all-natural snacks, it has donated over 1 million meals. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

ThirdLove

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ThirdLove partners with Good360, I Support the Girls, and more organizations to donate its comfortable bras to women in need. It has donated more than $40 million of bras to date, and in the past, it has also donated a bra to a California wildfire victim for every bra purchased. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Warby Parker

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If this were like any other year, Warby Parker would distribute a pair of glasses for every pair sold in two different ways. The first helps train adults to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses for affordable prices, while the second gives vision care and glasses to students in need. Its partners include VisionSpring, the Department of Education in New York, and the Department of Health in Baltimore

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Warby Parker is only distributing glasses where where it can safely. In the meantime, it’s providing PPE and preventative health supplies to healthcare workers and communities in need for a portion of glasses purchased.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Allbirds

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Lightly used shoes from this popular startup known for its use of unique materials are sent to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that donates shoes to people who have been affected by disasters. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

United by Blue

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The conservation-minded outdoor brand pledges to remove one pound of trash from the planet’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. It has removed more than 3.5 million pounds of trash through organized cleanups, while also using more responsible materials like recycled polyester in its products. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Ethique

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Gone are the days of wasteful plastic haircare and skincare bottles. Ethique packs the essential ingredients into a concentrated bar that’s equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo, then donates 20% of profits to conservation, animal welfare, and environmental groups and “adopts” animals to pay for their care. It has worked with over 170 organizations worldwide and has ongoing partnerships with Rainforest Trust and HUHA, among others. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Avocado Mattress

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These eco-friendly mattresses are made from materials like natural latex harvested from sustainable tree-tapped sources and organic cotton. The company donates 1% of revenue to environmental nonprofits like Plastic Oceans International and Big Green

Learn more about the initiative here.

Tatcha

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Every purchase from this Japanese beauty-inspired brand helps fund girls’ education. Tatcha’s Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Future program with nonprofit Room to Read has funded more than 4.6 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa.

Learn more about the initiative here.

Patagonia

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Since 1985, Patagonia has donated $89 million to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups. It also donates to nonprofits through its Employee Charity Match program, invests in socially and environmentally minded companies through its own venture capital fund, and donates new and used clothing. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Yoobi

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Yoobi partners with the Kids In Need Foundation to donate a school supply to a classroom every time you buy one of its products. We’re fans of its sturdy notebooks and weekly calendar planner pads. So far, it’s donated supplies to more than 4 million students.  

Learn more about the initiative here.

KitNipBox

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Each month, this cat toy and treat subscription service donates a portion of proceeds and products to shelters, rescues, and other feline welfare causes. It supports more than 100 animal welfare organizations. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

BarkBox

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Gift a subscription from BarkBox

BarkBox has thousands of rescue and shelter partners that benefit from each subscription purchased. Be on the lookout for custom codes from your favorite organization. When you use the code, BarkBox donates $25 to that rescue or shelter. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Sand Cloud

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Anyone who loves spending time at the beach should be more invested in protecting marine life. Sand Cloud, which makes Turkish cotton beach towels, donates 10% of profits to organizations that protect and preserve beaches and oceans. 

Learn more about the initiative here.

Natori

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Natori’s giving program is unique in that it’s customizable and gives you the power to support a cause you care about. When you add one of its bras or lounge products to your cart, you can choose the nonprofit org that will receive 1% of your purchase. There’s a whole directory of organizations but some featured ones include The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Equal Justice Initiative

Learn more about the initiative here.

 

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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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