We talk a lot about style points here on Gear Hungry, but one thing that’s gone overlooked as a good old-fashioned V-neck t-shirt. They’re your Sunday morning comfort clothes, your casual outing attire, and in some cases, your bottom layer to keep you in cool comfort. They’re far more important than anyone gives them credit for, so today, we dedicated a space to the underdogs in the men’s style world.
The Best V-Neck T-Shirt
Calvin Klein is the king of men’s wear in multiple fields, so it’s no surprise that they dominated this category as well. These are just plain comfortable and durable when you really get down to it. Made of nothing but high-quality, carefully-made cotton, these shirts keep you in classic comfort while providing a relaxed and stylish look. The slight bow in the neck means no itching, even after it’s been out of the wash. Toss these in the washing machine and hang to dry for the best results, and get ready to slip into something a little more comfortable for any occasion. You can pair this shirt with good boat shoes and you are good to go!
Can be machine washed
- BrandCalvin Klein
- Weight1.13 pounds
We loved Under Armour here at Gear Hungry; we even dedicated an entire guide to multiple UA shoe series. Their entire line of clothing and gear for athletic gents gives us something to be excited about. Made of 100% polyester, this quick-drying shirt is excellent as an undershirt on hotter days, keeping you cool under the most heated and stressful circumstances. As a result, Tech V-Neck T-Shirt also prevents odors trapped by sweat, and is available in well over thirty different styles. Whether it’s under or over, this comfortable non-clinging V-neck t-shirt packs some serious flair, and tnos of function. And if you are a fan of the brand, then make sure to also check our top Under Armour backpacks review.
Available in over thirty styles
Quick-drying UA technology
- BrandUnder Armour
- Weight1 pounds
Basic black is never out of style, but if it’s not your scene, there’s dozens of different colors and styles to choose from. This form-fitting design is made fully of cotton, and offers excellent angular lines to compliment your physique by accentuating the rugged look of your shoulder and neck muscles. If you grab the right size, it’s naturally loose-fitting, keeping unnecessary cling off. If you’re a toned guy, you know how often V-necks stick to your abs, which can give off an unnecessary bloated look. Nobody wants that, so Lacoste took that into consideration when making this ultra comfortable and soft V-neck.
Design adds right angles to you neckline
- Weight5 ounces
We’re all looking for the Polo logo on our signature lok. It accentuates status, and lets everyone know that you’re not afraid to sacrifice a few extra dollars for your put-together style. This V-neck keeps it real by keeping a tight valley on the neckline, letting you show-off your shoulders and chest with proper angles. With a quarter sleeve cut and 100% cotton build, this is machine washable, but we recommend that you hang it up to dry. We lost count of how many alternate colors this comes in: you’ll have plenty to choose from besides basic white, all holding onto that same grade of style. And this shirt will go with any Vans shoe from our list.
Slight valley, designed for gents with broader shoulders/abs
100% cotton construction
Quarter sleeve cut
- BrandPolo Ralph Lauren
- Weight9 ounces
You work hard, you player harder, and your wardrobe should reflect that. Adidas built a 100% polyester shirt to keep sweat at bay, and reduce sweat retention to avoid odors. Even if you’ve just come off a run, you won’t have a halo of sweat smell around you. The V-cut is narrow, accentuating that Adidas logo across the left of your chest. Whether you need a new workout tee, or you’re simply tired of cotton absorbing your sweat in your undershirts, Adidas Training Essentials deserves your attention. Choose from seven different styles, and command the gym or the boardroom with a touch of extra confidence. This shirt and a pair of good gym shorts will be your gym bag essentials at all time.
Staves-off sweat and associated odors
Narrow valley + Adidas logo across left chest
- Weight1 pounds
Breaking down the center of the list ls one of America’s most-known brands, Hollister. These affordable V-neck crew tees come in over fifty different colors, each within a very tight and narrow budget, making it a no-brainer to grab a mixed assortment and click that checkout button. This cotton blend comes crafted straight out of Vietnam, sporting the Hollister eagle logo, and a durable build. There’s not much to these tees: they get straight to the point, and fit like a dream come true. Keep in mind, selecting different styles may alter the V-neck design.
Deep V and Hollister logo add style points
Affordable enough to grab a batch of them at once
- Weight8 ounce
One of the kings of activewear, Champion took to a perfect blend between athletic and casual with their classic jersey tee. It slips on like a dream, staying a little bit tight near those shoulders, and keeping your look flowy and form-fitting at the same time. Thanks to the ring-spun fabric build, these arrive soft, and remain velvety smooth through numerous washes. Champion doesn’t build low-brow products: these will last you for five years or more, even with constant use and wash cycles. Be sure to combine this with a cool flannel shirt from our list.
Available in 100% cotton and cotton blends
Machine washable, hang to dry
Ring-spun fabric keeps these super soft
- Weight1 pounds
You can’t mention basic men’s apparel without Hilfiger popping up; it’s just not possible. Tommy keeps green in your pocket and competes with the best of the rest, sticking to a 100% cotton construction, keeping that flag logo hanging high along the left of the chest. It’s not just about a brand name stapled to a product: Hilfiger added signature touches like the rib neck trim, adding a bit more definition to your features. From top to bottom, confidence will soar, and the loose fit will keep you comfortable above all else, at all times. Make sure you pair it with good white sneakers and you won’t pass unnoticed.
Rib neck trim
Embroidered flag logo on left chest
- BrandTommy Hilfiger
- Weight1 pounds
The top dog of activewear, NIKE comes in with a dashing cut that keeps everything nice and tight, while keeping a good range of motion for your neck and arms. The low valley of the V keps all eyes on you, framing your neck and face to put the spotlight where it belongs. This is crafted of 100% polyester, which keeps sweat off, odors out, and lets you get in an excellent run before getting ready for your day. For top running shoes or running jackets you can pair with this tee, check out our guides.
Dri-FIT keeps sweat at bay
Short sleeve and narrow valley keep this tight and comfortable
- Weight7.8 ounces
BOSS produces some of our favorite sunglasses for men, and their expertise spills right over into these dapper shirts. You get a bundle of three for next to nothing, each made of nothing but 100% cotton. We’re a big fan of the way they ribbed the neckline, making it comfortable while adding a touch of boldness to the angles of your face and jaw. These are machine washable, and fitted to last you for five or more years if you throw them on the cold/delicate cycle.
Three in a pack
Ribbed neck for definition and comfort
- BrandHugo Boss
- Weight1 pounds
Low-grade V-neck shirts irritate your neckline, which is why John Varvatos added a touch of narrow padding to cut-out reddening of the skin, and keep this soft V-neck tee hanging comfortable over your shoulders. Due to the design, these help accenture those shoulders, and put a bit of the spotlight on your biceps as well. 100% cotton, and a palette of three colors to choose from. Warning: this might be your new all-time favorite shirt.
Angular design accentuates shoulders and arms
Thin padding along neckline keeps you in full comfort
- BrandJohn Varvatos Star USA
Last but not least, Scotch & Soda is no longer just a Saturday night beverage: they’re your new favorite V-neck tee. With a wider, deeper valley and tight quarter-length sleeves, this runs tight and accentuates time you’ve put into your physique. Crafted a of a sweat-repellent polyester blend, this shirt runs small, so the brand suggests you go one full size up to get the right fit. If you need a bit more help in selecting the right shirt for you, check out our buying guide below for more information.
Polyester blend construction
Quarter-length sleeves and a deeper, wider V
Sizing chart runs small, always go size-up
- BrandScotch & Soda
V-Neck T-Shirt Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection of V-Neck T-Shirts
It’s your style we’re talking about here. While clothes don’t make the man, they don’t hurt, do they? We took the time that nobody else has: we went into the little things about these V-neck shirts, ensuring quality and comfort above all else.
- Average shirt lifespan
- Customer reviews
- Brand reputation
- Fabric/material blend ratios
Features to Look For in V-Neck T-Shirts
Fabric - This is a big one. While a lot of these shirts are made out of cotton, not all are. Beyond that, everyone’s skin is different, and reacts differently to fabrics and materials. Pay attention to blends and judge accordingly. Nobody wants to be in an itchy V-neck t-shirt.
Fit - If it doesn’t fit, then what are you even doing with it? It’s difficult to judge online, but thankfully, us men have a lot easier of a time finding these than women. Pay attention to your body type and height when you’re looking for the right fit.
Color - This is important when paired with material, as well as brand reputation and customer reviews. The color is going to fade with time, so get one that’s going to look good as it fades. You want vintage, not old or ratty.
Design - V-necks can either be your best friend, or your worst enemy. Pay special attention to the design and your body type. Deep necks on a tall and skinny gent are okay, but you’ll want lower valleys on a bulkier, buff chest. For the most part, these V-neck shirts are the same for sleeve length and fit, so pay close attention to the design.