Besides underwear, the humble T-shirt is one item of menswear deemed an absolute essential. Whether worn underneath a suit or with a pair of shorts, the T-shirt has stood the test of time, starting life somewhere between the 1898 Spanish-American War and 1913, when the US Army started developing them as undergarments for uniforms. In 2020, the T-shirt has come a long way.
Much like that other summertime essential, the statement short-sleeved shirt, The men’s T-shirt has become a blank canvas, from which brands can best illustrate their design aesthetic, anything from simple text logos by Burberry to the reimagining of iconic emblems from Lacoste. With that in mind, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to scour the internet for the best of the best this season. Whether you’re looking to give your summer wardrobe a simple refresh or are looking for a signature piece in which to express yourself, shop GQ’s edit of the best graphic T-shirts for men.
And for simpler, more timeless tees, check out our pick of the best white T-shirts for men.
Instantly recognisable, the Louis Vuitton monogram is one of the chicest out there. Case in point: this super-lightweight cotton T-shirt will elevate your casuals game in an instant. £465. louisvuitton.com
The Prada logo has been reinterpreted in a new space theme for this season and we’re totally here for it. £295. prada.com
Sitting as part of the collaboration with Disney, this Gucci T-shirt is the only thing you should be wearing to watch reruns of Recess on Disney+. £400. gucci.com
Go logo-tastic with this T-shirt from Italian brand Fendi and nail one of the big trends that is going absolutely nowhere. £430. fendi.com
The iconic Lacoste crocodile has been given a “country club” makeover care of renowned illustrator Jean-Michel Tixier. The logo more commonly found on the chest of the label’s polos now takes pride of place, wearing a red, white and blue deep V-neck. £75. At Flannels. flannels.com
United Colors Of Benetton
Taken from Benetton’s iconic 1990s advertising campaigns, shot by Oliviero Toscani, this crewneck T-shirt displays a striking image that’s sure to have heads turning. Plus, the cut is great and it’s made from 100 per cent organic cotton. £25. benetton.com
For all you gardening geeks, this Jacquemus tee features an illustration of the Mala flower, the ones more commonly found on garland necklaces. Like everything this designer does, it is chic and the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. £157. At Farfetch. farfetch.com
Fiorucci is best known for its cherub motif, but the label has a rich archive of retro designs. This luxe cotton jersey T-shirt showcases the Fiorucci Los Angeles logo and lip graphic for a very 1980s glam rock vibe. £90. fiorucci.com
You may recognise the crescent-moon print from Dua Lipa’s latest album cover. The designer is Marine Serre, who has well and truly established herself in menswear this season, as this upcycled, sporty T-shirt demonstrates. £425. At matchesfashion.com
Like Annie always said, you’re never fully dressed without a smile. So why not wear one? Raf Simons uses the classic smiley as a motif throughout his latest output, this oversized black tee being up there with out highlights. £385. At End. endclothing.com
Leave it to the king of extra, Philipp Plein, to make a vampire fashion. It’s a dark, twisted option for those who prefer to steer away from the brighter colours more common of trends at this time. £315. At Flannels. flannels.com
If you’re after a simple white crewneck T-shirt with a subtle quirk to elevate it that step above, this offering by Craig Green will do the job with its lace design around the collar. £165. At matchesfashion.com
Forget growing a Joe Exotic-style mullet. Show your true appreciation with this DSquared2 printed tiger tee. Along with the bold graphic, the oversized fit makes it the perfect statement T-shirt to stand alone in summer or under a denim or leather jacket down the line. £325. At Flannels. flannels.com
This Fendi T-shirt has been cut with a boxy finish for an oversized look and feel. Paired with a utilitarian reworking of the fashion house’s iconic monogram, it’s a top pick for summer flexin’. £430. At matchesfashion.com
Graphics don’t have to be bold and in your face to make a statement. Case in point: this low-key Burberry T-shirt, which keeps things simple in black cotton and straightforward Burberry text logo. We recommend sizing up for an baggy fit. £270. uk.burberry.com
Grab a slice of 1980s favourite CP Company. This T-shirt boasts the label’s signature block logo to its chest for a timeless throwback. £70. At Flannels. flannels.com