Many of my clients end up in a t-shirt at some point of the day whether it be an actual sartorial choice, or something they change into at the end of a workday. Plus, weekends beg for t-shirts. This means the average man who does laundry once a week needs at least seven well-fitting t-shirts in colors that complement their wardrobe. The color portion is the constant struggle. It is easy to find quality t-shirts with a good fit, but the colors that are available are very limited. Generally, a brand provides a black and white option — both of which I rarely put on a man. Black is too harsh for most skin tones while a white t-shirt looks like an undergarment.
The next most common color is blue, which flatters every single man, but doesn’t pair well with standard blue jeans – the go-to pant of most men. After blue, the next most popular color is grey, which is a solid choice albeit a tad tame. It works with almost all short and pant colors (except grey of course). After those four basic t-shirt colors, brands provide a series of pastels that look like shit on just about everyone.
If you’ve done the math, this leaves us with only two easy-to-find t-shirt colors: blue and grey. “Argh!” you say. “There are still five more days in the week.” I know. It’s okay. Here is how we get to those seven t-shirts…
The 7 T-Shirt Colors You Need
- Medium to Light Grey
- A Darker Grey
- Dark Blue – Pair this with grey or tan jeans and shorts. It also works with light wash denim.
- Medium Blue – Don’t go too light or it can wash you out or look juvenile. James Perse does a great job of providing various blue shades.
- A Graphic T-Shirt in one of the colors on this list — i.e. washed out black, grey, blue, burgundy, or green.
- Rich Green
Note: You can wear a black t-shirt if you have light brown to blonde hair combined with a mild tan or olive skin tone. If you don’t have this combo and you really want a black t-shirt, choose a washed out shade of black that basically approaches a more charcoal tone.
The Best T-Shirt Color
Green is the best t-shirt color. Despite it being one of the most flattering and versatile t-shirt colors out there, it is rarely available, which is why so few of you have it in your wardrobe. The upside of this is you will stand out in your green t-shirt while everyone else is in their blues and greys. Listed below are the best t-shirts in green available right now. Order a few and see what fits your body best.