The GQ Dragnet: The Only Eight Tees You Need

You probably love the feel of your summer tees, but sometimes they just look so blah, right? Well,it doesn’t have to be that way. T-shirts with real style are out there, if you know where to look. We called in hundreds and tried them all on till we found the best you can buy.

A Big, Bold Graphic
T-shirts call for simple graphics, not intricate ones. This is your chance to get all Rothko. Note the shorter sleeves and how the tee hits just barely below the waist. That’s how a good tee fits.

When you get a new tee, yank on the collar a bit. You don’t want it choked around your neck.

Saturdays NYC
$40

The Surfer Tee
Even if you’re a landlocked midwesterner, it’s your birthright as an American to channel vibey West Coast surfer energy via a T-shirt.

Lightning Bolt
$35

Old-School Stripes
Most striped tees have a distinct East Coast nautical vibe—you know, the sailor thing—but this burnt orange is pure Cali.

Levi’s Vintage Clothing
$95

The ’70s Ringer Tee
A perfectly simple design that will never die. Big color and just the right amount of Dazed and Confused.

American Apparel
$16

The Suit-Jacket Tee
A sport coat or suit works best with a designer tee, like this fashionably slouchy one.

T by Alexander Wang
$102

The Perfect V-Neck
A good V hits well below your Adam’s apple and well above that strapping chest of yours.

Alternative
$80

The Vintage Rock ‘n’ Roller
A replica of a promo shirt for Jamaican DJ Mikey Dread’s radio show; once worn by Joe Strummer.

Worn Free
$45

The Pocket Tee
Not just any purple: The dye is rich and inky, and the tee will break in uniquely, like good denim.

Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim
$78