Thermal Shirts Are Your Transitional Weather Style Solution

15 best thermal shirts for men 2023
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A lot of guys think of thermal shirts as a utilitarian base layer for the coldest of days. These guys are not wrong. A waffle-knit crewneck will indeed keep you quite warm when the mercury has plunged to the bottom of the thermometer. But relegating the thermal shirt to only the winter months does it—and you!—a disservice. That waffle-knit construction? It's cozy and comfortable even in the fall. And nowadays, a whole host of brands are all bringing a little more style to the old standby, making it feel just as at-home as an outer layer as did playing a supporting role underneath your parka.

The trick, if you haven't guessed it already, is to stop thinking of the thermal as a shirt that can do just one thing and start considering your possibilities. A heavyweight black henley version to replace your go-to hoodie? Go for it. A dusty orange one that's basically begging to be worn as a middle layer on brisk days. Get two! The world is your waffle-knit oyster. But no matter what you do, start with this list.

Signature Waffle Crew

Yeah, I know you already saw a mini-waffle henley from the Bean. But if you're looking for something more substantial, this is the move.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.llbean.com%2Fllb%2Fshop%2F123237&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Signature Waffle Crew</p><p>llbean.com</p><p>$79.00</p>

Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee

Buck Mason gave its thermal the same sort of fading you'd typically only get after years spent wearing it out in the sun (so you don't have to).

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buckmason.com%2Fproducts%2Ffaded-black-vintage-thermal&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Vintage Thermal Surplus Tee</p><p>buckmason.com</p><p>$78.00</p>

Waffle Knit Long-Sleeve Crew

Everlane's take on the look is so substantial the brand styles it as an outside layer unto itself. Consider the move cosigned.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fmens-waffle-knit-ls-crew-black&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Waffle Knit Long-Sleeve Crew</p><p>everlane.com</p><p>$45.00</p>

Unshrinkable Mini-Waffle Henley

Tip: You don't have to actually test whether it's unshrinkable. You can trust the folks at L.L.Bean to deliver.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.llbean.com%2Fllb%2Fshop%2F118238%3Ffeat%3D514115-plalander%26csp%3Da%26gnrefine%3D1%252AItem%252ARegular%255E1%252AColor%252FStyle%252Aindigo%2Bheather&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Unshrinkable Mini-Waffle Henley</p><p>llbean.com</p><p>$49.95</p>

Muse Long-Sleeve Thermal Henley

Pair it with a jacket and jeans now, and some sweat shorts when the weather warms up.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2F5615456&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Muse Long-Sleeve Thermal Henley</p><p>nordstrom.com</p><p>$95.00</p>

Heavyweight Cotton Thermal Top

Wrangler always knows how to make something simple and durable. This thermal shirt is without buttons, so it's perfectly comfortable for layering.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09F4TMTD1?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10054.g.31117211%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Heavyweight Cotton Thermal Top</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$17.99</p>

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Heavyweight Cotton Thermal Top

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$17.99

Dégradé Cotton-Oasi Cashmere-Blend Henley

For a bit of luxury and a lot of style, Zegna and The Elder Statesman teamed up for a gradient, cool, soft-as-hell henley that's sure to be a winter favorite.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mrporter.com%2Fen-us%2Fmens%2Fproduct%2Fzegna-x-the-elder-statesman%2Fclothing%2Flong-sleeve-t-shirts%2Fdegrade-waffle-knit-cotton-and-oasi-cashmere-blend-henley-t-shirt%2F1647597324240242&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Dégradé Cotton-Oasi Cashmere-Blend Henley</p><p>mrporter.com</p><p>$1450.00</p>

Wallace & Barnes Honeycomb Waffle Crewneck

For layering or wearing on its own, this thermal shirt with chic contrast cuffs and stitching is a go-to option.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jcrew.com%2Fp%2FBU779&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Wallace & Barnes Honeycomb Waffle Crewneck</p><p>jcrew.com</p><p>$39.50</p>

HEATTECH Cotton Waffle Crewneck

Uniqlo doing what Uniqlo does best—basics that everyone needs.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uniqlo.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fproducts%2FE457142-000&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>HEATTECH Cotton Waffle Crewneck</p><p>uniqlo.com</p><p>$24.90</p>

Wade Thermal

Throw this heavy duty waffle-knit thermal underneath a parka, and you are set to brace the tundra.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rails.com%2Fproducts%2Fwade-thermal-ink%3Fvariant%3D42571113758889%26gclid%3DCjwKCAjw2OiaBhBSEiwAh2ZSP--fcYsZyIsxIjpdupWRGOHaDIT39_AtF4rYBblFKXZ8caBvukHUFBoCoVAQAvD_BwE&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Wade Thermal</p><p>rails.com</p><p>$128.00</p>

Traditional Thermal Long-Sleeve

For a thermal shirt under $15, Indera has you covered.

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000V5E5MS?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10054.g.31117211%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Traditional Thermal Long-Sleeve</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$10.46</p>

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$10.46

Long Sleeve Heavy Thermal Crew Neck

Durable and heavyweight, this thermal shirt will keep you warm as can be.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Flosangelesapparel.net%2Fproducts%2Ftx407gd-heavy-thermal-crew-neck%3Fvariant%3D17940300169327&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Long Sleeve Heavy Thermal Crew Neck</p><p>losangelesapparel.net</p><p>$35.00</p>

Lightweight Mini Waffle Crew

And for a refined thermal shirt, Todd Snyder has one made of Peruvian slub cotton.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.toddsnyder.com%2Fproducts%2Flightweight-mini-waffle-crew-blacktop%3Fgclid%3DCjwKCAiA85efBhBbEiwAD7oLQElA3T8M_4llG7F3mN0zzsl1F3Mbj3NiW5PmVmepzJdMEnMhY_R43hoCvUUQAvD_BwE&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Lightweight Mini Waffle Crew</p><p>toddsnyder.com</p><p>$298.00</p>

WARMKNIT Waffle Long Sleeve Crew

This micro-waffle knit has technology to keep you warm, so you're getting all the heat possible out of this thermal.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmackweldon.com%2Fproducts%2Fwarmknit-waffle-long-sleeve-gulfstream-heather%3Fvariant%3D39330058076273%26gclid%3DCjwKCAiA85efBhBbEiwAD7oLQN201bb-ECjCmSEEhtESpXnIROPwSm033rs2oCKRYg-nlao0TV9u1xoCQJgQAvD_BwE&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>WARMKNIT Waffle Long Sleeve Crew</p><p>mackweldon.com</p><p>$68.00</p>

Tonal Thermal T-Shirt

Vince brings this cotton and polyester thermal top to life with tonal stripes.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.neimanmarcus.com%2Fp%2Fvince-mens-tonal-thermal-t-shirt-prod256040489%3FchildItemId%3DNMNA1D9_%26position%3D16&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.esquire.com%2Fstyle%2Fmens-fashion%2Fg31117211%2Fbest-thermal-shirts%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Tonal Thermal T-Shirt</p><p>Neiman Marcus</p><p>$175.00</p>

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