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Dressing for summer is all about keeping it simple and choosing quality pieces that will hold up to every and any adventure. While there are tons of great options for men to wear during the warmer weather (linen button downs, anyone?) every wardrobe requires a few good T-shirts to reach for on a day-to-day basis.
Earlier this year, my partner, who bless him, never goes shopping, asked me to help him find some wardrobe basics on Amazon. To embolden him to conquer the world of online shopping on his own, I offered one simple piece of advice for navigating the online retail giant: if it has less than 1,000 reviews, don't buy it.
A few days later, I was witness to a YouTube-worthy shopping haul and was impressed with his selection of Carhartt T-shirts —which is currently ranked second on Amazon bestseller's list of clothing and apparel.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $22
What is it?
These simple, heavyweight cotton T-shirts entered the Carhartt line of products in 1922 as a durable and affordable go-to for workers. Each shirt is made from a cotton blend and include pocket with the Carhartt logo, a tag-less design for all day comfort and a unique side-seam construction to minimize twisting or having shirts lose their shape over time.
My partner ordered several Carhartt T-shirts that quickly earned a spot in his day-to-day wardrobe. These T-shirts have a weight and structure to them that help make them more of a durable T-shirt; they're definitely meant to be worn on their own or under a jacket.
The tees vary in cotton blend (either polyester or cotton jersey knit) that give them a thickness that speaks to the brand's origins as durable uniform. They're not the softest T-shirts, but they look great and can even be worn when with jeans or shorts for a casual look. As an added bonus, they hold up to multiple washes.
What other people are saying
My sage advice of seeking out products with the most reviews paid off. Carhartt's versatile workwear T-shirts have earned a solid 4.4-star rating based on more than 88,000 customer reviews —an outstanding number that definitely provides confidence when making an online purchase.
SHOP IT: Amazon, from $22
A common note from shoppers who are fans of the Carhartt T-shirts are their inclusivity for different sizes and shapes of men's bodies — plus their durability.
'Good fit for tall men'
Amazon shoppers have called Carhartt tees a solid option for taller men who have trouble finding shirts that are long enough to cover their torso.
"Simply a great t-shirt," one shopper wrote, adding that the thick material is perfect for year-round wear.
'Finally, shirts that fit!'
One of the most common comments about Carhartt shirts are their durability. Aside from being a great fit for larger men, one shopper said they stand up in the wash and "don't shrink or fade" over time.
'These are the shirts you want'
Shoppers have called Carhartt shirts "perfect" for anyone who works in a messy environment. One Amazon shopper said that even with daily washes, these T-shirts can last for years.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $29
Some shoppers noted that these shirts are on the thicker side, and might not be the best for hot summer days.
Carhartt does offer different styles of shirts, including a Force Cotton Delmont Short Sleeve T-Shirt that's moisture wicking and better suited for warmer temperatures. There are also different styles of midweight T-shirts that aren't as thick as their traditional work shirt.
Carhartt products have built a reputation for being high quality and durable, but they also come with a higher price tag than other brands of shirts you can buy in bulk. Despite their cost, my partner has been wearing his Carhartt tees and has bought more of the brand's products that have held up to yard work and other physical activity.
These T-shirts look great and polished and still look good despite multiple washes and turns in the dryer. If you're looking to add some of these tees to your wardrobe, consider sizing down (they are quite boxy) or follow the brand's size guide to ensure a proper fit.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.