There are some obvious cornerstones of a man’s wardrobe, like the blue jean, the lace-up work boot and the ever-versatile Oxford shirt (to name but a few). But no man is an island, and no man’s wardrobe is without its supporting cast. While they might not be the very first casual menswear pick that comes to mind, the best long-sleeve tees can still play an important role moving from season to season.
Heading into fall brings to mind a refresh of sorts for your wardrobe. Nights are getting cooler, crisp breezes are picking up and a touch of morning dew greets you in the air – these are three times when a reliable long-sleeve shirt can come in handy.
Just as your favorite short-sleeve T-shirt needs to be durable and dependable enough to be worn on its own, well, a long-sleeve tee should be able to pull double-duty as well.
The best long-sleeve tees can be thrown on casually at a moment’s notice with tailored joggers, they can add laidback cool to blue jeans and they can serve as a base layer beneath a zip hoodie or a flannel shirt.
Find a soft fabric, perhaps with some interesting texture or stitching, and you’ve unlocked another cheat code when it comes to fall layering. To go the distance from day-to-night, opt for one of the best long sleeve tees.
Bonobos has plenty of design data to back up its fashionable menswear – they’ve dialed in the fit, fabric and details of the best chinos on the market, after all. The Bonobos Soft Everyday Tee should serve you just as well, and it’s bolstered by soft cotton, neutral, sharp colors and flattering details like raglan sleeves and a bottom hem.
It’s hard to find yourself unimpressed by what Bonobos does season after season – at least, that’s how I personally feel.
The men’s clothing brand went from making stylish chinos to making Italian tailoring and of course, a whole rotation of easygoing, well-made basics.
For less than $30, the Soft Everyday Long Sleeve Tee lives up to its billing: So soft that you’ll want one for as many days of the week as possible.
Raglan sleeves give it structure, and lightweight jersey cotton gives it easygoing wearability. You should already plan on wearing it casually with Bonobos joggers or even stretch chinos.
If you’ve built a wardrobe filled with pieces you love to wear (never an easy pursuit at the best of times), then no item should feel that much like an afterthought. That goes for your favorite long-sleeve tee, the kind you can reach for literally whenever.
The Taylor Stitch Cotton Hemp Long Sleeve Tee is fit enough to do both, made with a soft, garment-washed blend of hemp and cotton. It’s finished with a visually appealing pocket and comes in colors that are cool enough to be worn all on their own with tailored sweatpants or faded jeans.
Some long sleeve tees can be worn for casual lounging, and some can really help put you through your paces.
Vuori is a fan-favorite brand for both hard-working training gear and off-duty lounging, but the Strato Tech Tee should prove especially useful as a performance t-shirt.
It’s made from Vuori’s excellent 4-way stretch moisture-wicking fabric, which in my experience is some of the highest-performing fiber on the market. Vuori clothing should fit tailored enough for training, in my experience, yet layers up with ease under casual menswear.
No corners are ever cut by Sunspel – except when making clothing patterns, of course.
The brand helped introduce the luxury T-shirt to the world, and now makes polos for the likes of James Bond. And its subtle crewneck T-shirt is as luxe as it gets – while I’ve not been fortunate enough to try one of these T-shirts, I did splurge on a Sunspel polo years ago, and I still have it.
The brand stands by what it makes, and uses super-fine, extra-long Staple supima cotton for a premium finish and construction. I’d put my money on this long sleeve tee.
The idea of your wardrobe being packed with both centerstage stars and a supporting cast gets turned on its head a bit by James Perse.
The luxury California brand does enough to make you rethink what you thought you knew about the humble tee, using richly textured fabrics to craft soft T-shirts with a superb handfeel.
They make long sleeve tees (and other basics) so well that you practically want to live in them, and I’d go so far as to say you should wear this tee as often as possible – with a denim jacket, with a moto jacket or all on its own.
Not every purchase, even as you search for the best long sleeve tees, has to break the bank, and there are times when one simply wants a reliable pick that costs very little.
Hanes revolutionized basics for guys everywhere, and my own wardrobe is still packed with Hanes T-shirts and boxer briefs.
The Essentials Long Sleeve Tee, in my experience, fits and drapes well thanks to the use of midweight cotton.
I also appreciate the wrist cuffs for a secure fit – this is one of my go-to long sleeve tees for casual weekend coffee and vinyl sessions at home.
For intense days in the yard, the field or the garage, you need gear that doesn’t mess around, gear that can be trusted to get the job done.
In my experience, Carhartt work pants certainly fit the bill, as do the brand’s near-legendary T-shirts, which are exceptionally tough and hard-working.
The heavyweight fabric is beefy and durable, and it fits securely at the wrists thanks to the ribbed cuffs. It comes in a vast range of colors to suit the needs of every wardrobe and to-do list, and it retails for a knockout low price.
Once you’ve figured out the go-anywhere potential of Proof’s hard-working merino T-shirts, they might be the only T-shirt you want to wear.
That’s been my experience with Proof merino T-shirts at least, be it the long sleeve variety or the brand’s up-for-anything henleys and short-sleeve crewneck T-shirts.
For added coverage, I opt for the long-sleeve tee, which dries even quicker than performance fabric, bounces back in terms of fit, and resists odor on the go. Get as many as you can in multiple colors.
Most menswear picks from famed American designer Todd Snyder are worthy of headliner status in their own right. The trick is, Snyder doesn’t cut corners when crafting basics either, which is why the Iowa-born fashion icon looked to Los Angeles to make tees for his namesake brand.
The factories out West know a thing or two about excellent T-shirt construction, and soft, garment-dyed premium jersey cotton makes for a standout tee. This tee looks simple on the surface, but it’s going to feel ultra-soft, and you can shop six versatile colors.
As with the rest of its best-selling menswear collection, Buck Mason mined inspiration from the past – in this instance, retro baseball tees like you’d find in The Sandlot, for instance.
That means you’ll find a sturdy double-layer collar to help dial in the fit, plus the brand’s signature curved hem for a flattering finish.
It also comes in a range of dusty, earthy colors. The biggest benefit, though, might be the fact that it’s now one of many shirts made at the company’s Mohnton, Pa. knitting mill from soft slub cotton.
While some long sleeve tees are fit for neon nights on the town, others are made for day hikes and hours on the road – Patagonia’s highly functional long sleeve tee falls into the second category.
Recycled polyester gives this tee a stretchy, sustainable edge, complete with trademark odor control from the brand.
It features a regular fit that should prove neither too constricting nor too baggy. The fabric itself is also quick-drying, so you can wear it comfortably as a base layer on hikes or camping trips without too much worry.
There’s a good chance you’ve not yet tried a long sleeve tee quite like the one made by Reigning Champ. I’ve personally found that the Canadian knitwear company goes the extra mile in design and construction of its T-shirts, including a rib collar that doesn’t stretch or pull.
The same goes for the ribbed wrist cuffs on this tee, which boasts a classic fit you can wear to the gym or beneath a waxed trucker jacket. Semi-raglan sleeves through the back add ease of movement and durability, for good measure.