Best T-Shirts

The clothing industry is riddled with low quality t-shirts made overseas and it can be really tough to find great brands that are making great tees 100% in the USA. That’s why we did the research to uncover those great t-shirt brands for you. Below are our findings, along with a ton of details about each of our top picks and all the criteria that went into our research.

Our Findings

Overall, we really like 4 t-shirt brands in particular that are made in the USA: The Classic T-Shirt Company, Authentically American, Tactical Pro Supply, and Freedom Fatigues. Each of them are great for different reasons and of course everyone has different tastes, so we broke out our top picks into several categories ranging from plain varieties to active wear. If you know of any other great American made t-shirt companies that we should check out, don’t hesitate to shoot us a message. Ready? Let’s dive into our top picks.

Top Recommendations

Best T-Shirts Best for:
The Classic T-Shirt Company Plain
Authentically American Sweat Tees Workout
Tactical Pro Supply Flag Design
Freedom Fatigues Patriotic Designs

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below, we go into all the details for each of our top picks, including what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

Best Plain T-Shirts

The Classic T-Shirt Company

The tees from the Classic T-Shirt Company are so soft. I wore one for the first time and felt like I was being wrapped in a big ole hug. They describe themselves as a luxury cotton shirt and it sure feels that way. They are made in California from 100% organic cotton, are pre-shrunk, and GOTS certified. If you need some plain t-shirts for everyday wear, it’s hard to go wrong with the Classic T-Shirt Company. They have a bunch of different colors and styles for both men and women. I like their basic short sleeve crew neck for men (pictured here) and the v-neck for women (also pictured here). The fit was pretty good too, not too baggy and enough length that it doesn’t rise up when you raise your arms up.



Things we like:

  • 100% cotton
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Super soft
  • Organic
  • 1% of all sales donated to charity

Things we don’t like:

  • Slightly expensive


Best Workout T-Shirts

Authentically American Sweat Tees

Authentically American is one of our favorite clothing brands made in the USA (check out our recent interview with them). Their sweat tees are great for working out and have a pretty cool feature – part of the design shows when you sweat and is hidden when it’s dry! I have the “American Strong” one (pictured here) and wear it often. It just says “Strong” when the shirt is dry and, as you can see, changes to “American Strong” after it gets wet. Pretty cool. I found the fit on these t-shirts to be more of an “athletic” fit, snug but comfortable. It is also very soft and shouldn’t chafe when you’re moving around a lot.

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Things we like:

  • Cool design
  • Athletic fit
  • 60% cotton, 40% polyester

Things we don’t like:

  • None


Best Flag T-Shirts

Tactical Pro Supply

If you’re looking for a unique flag design t-shirt, Tactical Pro Supply has some great options. We’re showing just one of their many design varieties here, so be sure to check out all of the colors and styles they offer. I really like how durable these t-shirts seem to be, despite being 100% cotton (typically you see a polyester blend to add stretch and durability to the fabric). The fit is a little looser in my opinion, but still fit well overall. So, if you like a slightly tighter fit, I would recommend sizing down. Tactical Pro Supply also donates a portion of every sale to the PTSD Foundation to help our veterans, an amazing social cause.



Things we like:

  • 100% cotton
  • Durable
  • Cool graphics
  • Proceeds donated to PTSD Foundation

Things we don’t like:

  • Only a few color options
  • More of just a watch out: make sure to size down if you like a tighter fit


Best Patriotic T-Shirts

Freedom Fatigues

We recently discovered Freedom Fatigues and really like their variety of patriotic t-shirt prints. Pictured here is their “Join or Die” style, and they also have a lot of other screenprinted shirts and tank tops for men and women, some more playful than others. Most of the shirts have an American flag on the sleeve and some feature their “FF” Freedom Fatigues logo, which I liked if you’re looking for a simpler, but still patriotic design. A lot of these t-shirts are also a tri-blend shirt, which are super comfortable. Freedom Fatigues has both short sleeve and long sleeve options and also makes a bunch of other clothing in the USA, so be sure to check them out.

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Things we like:

  • Style and design variety
  • Good fit
  • Comfortable tri-blend material
  • Styles for men and women

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Factors We Considered


When it comes to t-shirts, it is tough to beat 100% cotton. We looked for brands that are using organic cotton that is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. We also considered some options that have polyester blends, which like I mentioned above, allow the shirt to stretch a bit more and adds durability.


Probably most importantly, we looked at comfort. Because why would you buy a t-shirt that isn’t comfortable? We tested each of the brands ourselves, looked at customer reviews, and rated how comfortable each one is for both men and women.

Style Variety

Everyone has different tastes, which is why style variety was at the front of our minds as well. We tried to choose t-shirts that ranged from plain colors to workout gear and everything in between. So, whether you’re just looking for something to wear around the house or out with your friends, you should be able to find a t-shirt that fits your style.


Speaking of fit, we looked at how each t-shirt fit for a several body types of men and women. The last thing you want is a baggy t-shirt or a tee that is wayyy too tight. We eliminated several brands where we felt like the fit was weird or misleading. For any brands we featured above that simply ran a little big or small, we made sure to note that.

Charitable Giving

Last, but certainly not least, we wanted to include a social impact aspect to our criteria. Many of the brands we featured give back to their communities, whether it is in their local area, our military veterans, or other groups in need.

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