As we enter peak T-shirt season, they're an item that'll be on everyone's mind. For me, while soft, thin T-shirts are certainly valuable for their comfort, I like to invest in tees that won't be ruined after one season of hot weather wear and also make me feel less exposed out there in the streets.

Instead, I opt for heavyweight T-shirts, often constructed in a thick jersey material that makes them almost like a lightweight sweatshirt. Trust me, what they lack in breathability they make up for with protection from the sun and a lack of fussiness.

Now, any T-shirt you buy certainly has to be cared for if you want it to last. But these durable, heavyweight options require less preciousness, while most importantly, retain their structure throughout the day. Thanks to the higher necklines on all of my favorites, I can promise you one thing: No bacon necks here, folks.

Take a look at these 8 options below, all of which are made of heavyweight cotton, have virtually no external branding, and are available to buy right now.

Paa SS Pocket Tee

This is my go-to, from Brooklyn-born classics label Paa. It's made of a jersey material that makes it feel vintage, and makes me feel like I'm wearing something substantial even when the weather is warm.

SS Pocket Tee

SS Pocket Tee



Buy at House Of Paa

Blue Blue Japan Firm T-Shirt

I dig the longer sleeves on this tee from indigo experts Blue Blue Japan. Makes me feel like I'm kind of wearing a football jersey from 1998.

Firm Jersey T-Shirt

Firm Jersey T-Shirt


Blue Blue Japan

Buy at ssense

Todd Snyder x Champion Short Sleeve Jock Tag Tee

If there's anyone who knows about some long-lasting fleece it's the people at Champion. This version from Todd Snyder also gives the tee a vintage, 1970s gym class kind of vibe.

Heavy Weight Short Sleeve Jock Tag Tee

Heavy Weight Short Sleeve Jock Tag Tee


Todd Snyder

Buy at Todd Snyder

Dries Van Noten Pocket Tee

Dries Van Noten is one of the kings of luxury, and this tee will transport you to a Mediterranean Garden, even if only in your mind.

Pocket T-Shirt

Pocket T-Shirt

from $85

Dries Van Noten

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Gap Easy Heavyweight T-Shirt

An absolute classic from a classic American label, and a durable T-shirt that comes in a whole bunch of soft, easy-wearing colors for summer.

Easy Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt

Easy Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt



Buy at GAP

Norse Projects Johannes Pocket Tee

Norse Projects makes products that are kind of like the idealized version of themselves, and this pocket tee is a perfect example. The fit is classic, the fabric is durable, and the branding is minimal.

Johannes Pocket Tee

Johannes Pocket Tee


Norse Projects

Buy at END.

Rick Owens Heavy Jersey T-Shirt

If you're looking for a flexier heavyweight T-shirt, look no further than Rick Owens', who's oversized take on the style will give you those fashion goth vibes you've been looking for, and for years to come.

Heavy Jersey T-Shirt

Heavy Jersey T-Shirt


Rick Owens

Buy at ssense

Bottega Veneta Japanese Cotton T-Shirt

Made in Italy of unbelievably durable Japanese cotton, this Bottega tee goes the extra mile with a thick tag on the side, which shows those in-the-know that your tee ain't no ordinary number.

Japanese Cotton T-Shirt

Japanese Cotton T-Shirt


Bottega Veneta

Buy at mytheresa

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