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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.