From spilled sauces to stretched collars and pit stains, men’s t-shirts take more than their fair share of abuse. And even if you have premium quality, designer tees, the same fate awaits them — one day, they’ll be relegated to the sleep shirt drawer. That’s why it’s worth stocking up on some cheap t-shirts that you don’t have to feel bad about wearing holes in and sweating through during a game of pickup basketball. After all, t-shirts are meant to be worn. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite affordable cheap t-shirts for men.
Our favorite cheap t-shirts are high quality enough to wear on their own — you won’t have to worry about showing off too much, even if you get them in white. They’re also soft; all of our favorite picks are cut from 100% cotton. You can wear them out of the house, and they’ll also be great as sleep shirts or undershirts.
Just because these are our favorite cheap t-shirts, that doesn’t mean they don’t have premium features. Two features to look out for are combed cotton and ring-spun cotton, as explained by Bella+Canvas (one of the picks on our list). Combed cotton is known for being softer and more durable (and typically more expensive). Ring-spun shirts are also known for their softness, durability and breathability.
In terms of style, we’ve picked out options that come in a wide range of colors, as well as garment-dyed t-shirts. According to Levi’s, garment dyeing is a process that involves dyeing the item after it’s been cut and sewn into an item of clothing, rather than dyeing the roll of fabric first. What this achieves is a worn-in, washed out and faded look. That means that your brand new t-shirt will look like a vintage store find. Of course, if you prefer the crisp and clean look of piece-dyeing, we have plenty of options in that style as well.
Whatever kind of cheap t-shirt for men you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of great options below. All of these are less than $15 a pop.
1. BELLA+CANVAS Adult Unisex T-Shirt
Craft superstore Michael’s might not be the first place you’d look for cheap t-shirts, but you’d be missing out. That’s because they stock a lot of affordable t-shirts, primarily aimed at people buying blanks for screen-printing. But they work perfectly well as regular tees, too. Take Bella+Canvas, one of the best brands for blanks. Bella+Canvas’ tees are combed and ring-spun to be exceptionally soft, and they come in tons of stylish colors. The fabric is light but dense enough that you won’t have to worry about transparency. They tend to be quite fitted under the arms, which is something to be aware of.
2. Hanes Men’s Short Sleeve Beefy-T
Hanes has been at the basics game since 1900, so they know a thing or two about making cheap t-shirts for men. Take the Beefy-T, a boxy style made from a heavyweight cotton fabric (some of the gray colors are a cotton/poly blend). These tees have a thick, substantial ribbed collar, and they are designed to lay flat (remember those Michael Jordan ads?).
3. Comfort Colors Men’s Adult Short Sleeve Pocket Tee
It’s all in the name — Comfort Colors’ cheap t-shirts are made from comfortable fabrics and they come in tons of colors. The fabric is ringspun, making these tees extra soft. What makes these shirts stand out is the colors. Comfort Colors is known for their garment-dyed pieces, which is a dyeing process that results in a faded, vintage and intentionally uneven look. Even better, these tees have a pocket.
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4. Calvin Klein Cotton Classics Crewneck T-Shirts
If you’re looking to upgrade your basics but you still don’t want to spend too much money, Calvin Klein has your back. This three-pack is available in black or white, and they’re made from soft cotton with a thinner collar and fitted body for a more elegant look. The three-pack costs $42.50, which shakes out to about $14 each. We’re not saying these will make you look like a model, but they won’t not make you look like a model.
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5. Gildan Men’s Crew T-Shirts, Multipack
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Gildan is a go-to basics brand for a reason — their shirts are highly affordable and durable enough for casual, everyday wear. They may not be the most premium, but when you can get a pack of six for $15 total, who’s complaining? The tees are 100% cotton (except for some of the heather grey shirts) and have covered seams for added durability.
6. Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck
From socks to underwear to sweatpants, Uniqlo excels at basics. Suffice to say, they make plenty of excellent cheap t-shirts for men. The only problem is that there are almost too many to choose from. A good place to start is with their line of Supima tees. These shirts are made from premium Pima cotton, which is American-grown cotton that’s known for its softness and durability. They’re available in a range of colors, and they come in crew or v-neck styles. Not bad for a $15 tee.
7. Dickies Men’s Two Pack T-Shirt
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From mechanics to farmers to nurses, Dickies has been outfitting hard workers for almost a hundred years. So yeah, these tees can handle your weekend errands. They’re made from pre-shrunk jersey cotton, and they have a taped neck and shoulder seams for durability. There’s a large chest pocket for stashing sunglasses, vape pens, loose turkey jerky or whatever else you can think of. The pocket has a small Dickies logo, and there are a variety of colors to choose from.
8. H&M Regular Fit Crew-neck T-shirt
Fast-fashion giant H&M may churn through the latest trends at a breakneck pace, but its the brand’s basics that are well worth checking out. Their tees are made from soft cotton jersey and come in tons of colors, including earth tones and pastels. Plus, for 7 bucks a pop, you can easily stock up on these tees.
9. Jockey Generation Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Hanes and Gildan tend to get most of the love when it comes to basic, cheap t-shirts for men, but Jockey is one of the best places to find underwear and tees. Founded in 1876, Jockey is notable for having invented the brief. Jockey’s three-pack of tees is available in black or white, and they’re made from soft combed cotton. The three-pack costs $18, which works out to six dollars each.
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10. Russell Athletic Cotton Midweight T-Shirt
You might have assumed that Champion invented the sweatshirt, but that distinction actually belongs to Russell Athletic, a brand that continually churns out reliable basics without much fanfare. On top of sweatshirts, Russell also makes great cheap t-shirts for men, such as this 100% cotton option. It’s made from ringspun cotton for comfort and durability, and the tee has the Russell logo on the sleeve for a sporty look.
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