12 best men's T-shirts

From wardrobe staples to head-turning tees, IndyBest tries on this season’s tops for size

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We’ve tried tens of t-shirts to bring you options for all budgets. Here’s our spring edit.

1. Zara Tropical Print Top: £19.99, zara.com



This might be called a “tropical print”, but the green foliage on Zara’s tee is subtle enough to not feel like an in-your-face holiday purchase. If you are planning on taking it to warmer climes, it’s 100 per cent cotton so you won’t get hot.

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2. Y-3 Aloha: £75, matchesfashion.com



It might be spring now but Hawaii’s still calling - Y-3’s, Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto's collaboration with Adidas, has a cool take on the summery print. This shirt’s made from black cotton-jersey with a green, yellow and orange panel.

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3. Uniqlo Dry Crew Neck: £4.90, uniqlo.com



Uniqulo knows a thing or two about good-value pieces made from technical fabrics and this simple tee is a case in point. The technology wicks-away sweat quickly to make sure you’re always dry. It comes in seven colours, and for this price, you could buy three.

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4. M&S Collection Slim Fit Striped T-Shirt: £12.50, marksandspencer.com



If you prefer your tees on the slim-cut side, M&S has some quality ones in their latest collection. This one’s made with their StayNEW technology, which basically means it won’t go bobbly or lose its colour. In short: you’ll get a lot of wears for your money.

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5. Cheap Monday Bruce T-shirt: £20, johnlewis.com



We like what urban Swedish brand Cheap Monday does – super-skinny denim and directional separates, mostly. This t-shirt features their signature logo, is made from pure cotton and is also available in white if you want to lighten-up your spring wardrobe.

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6. Carhartt Sunset Print T-shirt: £30, johnlewis.com



The neon-edged sunset design from Carhartt manages to nail the cooler side of “holiday”-inspired attire. We’ll be wearing ours with jeans now and shorts later when we finally get some sunshine. 

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7. NN07 Printed Cotton Jersey T-shirt: £50, mrporter.com



NN07 (No Nationality 2007) started in, you guessed it, 2007. Its main focus is a blend between Scandinavian simple styles and Japanese attention to detail. This printed tee is a great example of that - wear with dark jeans and trainers for a balanced look.

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 8. Hentsch Printed Cotton T-shirt: £50, mrporter.com



If pared-down plains don’t do it for you and brights aren’t your bag, try this muted wave design. Hentsch styles it up with its matching wave-print shorts or trousers but it’ll look equally good with your less jazzy jeans.

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9. Sunspel Short Sleeve Crew Neck: £60, sunspel.com/uk



Well-known for making some of the best casual t-shirts around, Sunspel is on the money with this navy and white striped number. Made of 100% Egyptian cotton it’s a super-comfy way to do classic Breton stripes this spring.

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10. Cos Round Neck T-shirt: £12, cosstores.com



Available in five understated shades, this quality regular-fit round-neck t-shirt from the Swedish minimalist masters is a great staple that you can wear with anything. We’ll take one in every colour, please.

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11. Oliver Spencer Braxted Cotton T-Shirt: £68, matchesfashion.com



Oliver Spencer’s block t-shirt remains understated, despite the use of contrasting colours. It’s made from pure cotton, too, so it’s breathable.

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12. Folk Contrast Hem Cotton Jersey: £65, folkclothing.com



Folk’s spin on the classic grey t-shirt is a great choice for the coming months. The contrasting hem makes for a contemporary finish on what is otherwise quite a classic design. Wear with black jeans on its own or layer up.

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Verdict: For a t-shirt that will work with everything and will last you, our go-to is Cos’ round-neck one. For a more stand-out, but still subtle piece, we’d splash out on Hentsch’s wave-print design.

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