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If there’s one universal fashion item across all tastes and styles, it’s the plain t-shirt. Yes, I know you were all thinking undies are the one thing we can’t live without but the harsh truth is many, many people choose to go commando. I truly believe more people wear tees than wear undies and no, I won’t be convinced otherwise.

Finding the perfect tee is a horrible job full of misshapen nightmares and unravelling threads. It’s something everyone would like to avoid if they could — and do you know, you actually can?

Well, if you believe in the people of Reddit with absolutely no abandon, you can. There are some strong style nerds over there, and they’ve run the gauntlet for you and are willing to share their secrets. Here are all the men’s tees that were upvoted like hell.

NEXT LEVEL PREMIUM FITTED CREW

Next Level Premium Crew Neck T-Shirt, from $26.74

Until recently, this particular t-shirt wasn’t available in Australia. But thankfully, that’s all changed, which is a good thing since these were extremely well-rated on Reddit.

“They fit slim, last forever, and are super comfy,” Reddit user RobotKitten said of the tees on the MaleFashionAdvice Subreddit.

RobotKitten was upvoted 799 times at the time I wrote this, so it’s safe to say a lotalotalot of people share his sentiment.

One comment that popped up a few times is people saying these run a little short, so if you have a longer torso (or are just a giant), then the suggestion is to buy a size up from your usual.

UNIQLO SUPIMA COTTON T-SHIRT

Uniqlo Supima Cotton T-Shirt, $14.90

Uniqlo’s signature Supima cotton t-shirts are an easy buy since there’s a store in every major city. Size-wise, they’re a bit of a tricky one. Basically, if you’re either tall and built, or short and stocky, you’ll apparently love ’em. Tall, skinny dudes (oh heyyyy, hit me up *wink*) might not appreciate the fit which, according to Reddit users, is long and loose. If you’re into that then cool beans, but if you want a slim fit you might find they’re not the one for you.

H&M

H&M Round Neck T-Shirt, $7.99

How’s this for a quote on these basics from H&M:

“Best fitting piece of clothing I’ve ever owned, it’s ridiculous. Friends at parties telling me I’ve been working out heaps, am I still doing paleo, etc,”badlucktv.

“Am I still doing Paleo”, outstanding. H&M tees have mixed reviews, but as we’ve already gathered, so do a lot of these t-shirt favourites. Probably because no two people have the same body shape so, naturally, some will shirts will suit you and some just won’t.

Reddit user Xtationcraft, concurs.

“H&M sells V-necks and other such shirts for about $10 each. Very comfy and come in the entire spectrum.”

COUNTRY ROAD CREW NECK T-SHIRT

Country Road Crew Neck T-Shirt, $49.95

Reddit user abcs12 called these “solidly constructed, high quality cotton and a good cut”, and after being called out for their priciness, retorted with “it’s better to buy a few quality pieces in versatile colours that you know you will use over and over again”, which like. Fair point, well made.

ASOS MUSCLE FIT T-SHIRT

ASOS Muscle Fit T-Shirt, $22 for a 2-pack

These are strictly for gym-junkies, at least, according to Reddit.

“Asos muscle fit (if you hit the gym) are fantastic!” says user Pineapple26User Slapforclaps agreed, saying they didn’t suit his body shape.

“Surprisingly thick fabric on these, I second these. I have nothing on my arms, so they end up fitting wrong under the armpit. So they really are only for people who hit the gym.”

BELLA + CANVAS

Bella + Canvas Unisex Triblend Short Sleeve Tee, $24

Bella + Canvas has a wholesale and retail section on their website, so don’t get confused (ahem, like I did). They got raaaave reviews on Reddit, with everyone finding out about them via weird ways, like the fact that Chance The Rapper‘s merch was Bella + Canvas. People then bought it and loved the feel and fit — the rest is history.

“I bought two T shirts from them 7 years ago and they are still as good as new,” – FoxTrot56.

Image: Instagram / @tompaterson_nz