We’re going off the reservation and entering the land of the unknown with this reader’s t-shirt question. I’ll be looking to the community to help create the most comprehensive recommendations of the best t-shirts that have a tight neck (high collar).
I’ve gotten the list of high neck t-shirts started, but I need your help so please add your recommendations below in the comments section.
Here’s the original email:
Just wondering if you have any recommendations about high tight neck T-shirts for everyday wear (not undershirts).
My husband is on a mission to find t-shirts to wear that don’t have a loose collar.
I searched your website, but could only find white undershirts. Any info would be so helpful.
Looking For Tight Collar Undershirts?
If you’re looking for tight collar UNDERSHIRTS, check out this article.
Tight Neck T-shirt Example
Top 11 Tight Collared T-Shirts
1. Have It Tall Tight Neck T-Shirts
If a longer tight neck t-shirt sounds interesting, look no further than these uber comfortable poly/cotton blend t-shirts from Have It Tall.
- Colors: White, black, heather charcoal, heather royal, heather read, heather army, heather graphite, heather navy
- Fabric: 65% Polyester/35% Ring Spun Cotton
Lots of feedback saying these tees have tight necks, so they are definitely worth a try.
Where to buy: haveittall.com
2. Enkalda Heavyweight T-Shirts
Recommend by two visitors, Enkalda makes a 100% heavyweight t-shirt that comes in 12 colors. Sure looks like a t-shirt with a tight collar & a high neck.
Where to buy: Amazon
3. tasc Carrollton Fitness T-Shirt
At 160gsm this fitness t-shirt from task Performance is slightly heavier than a typical undershirt, and a tad lighter than most t-shirts.
- Fabric: 52% organic cotton / 43% bamboo viscose / 5% elastane
- Raglan sleeves
- Colors: 20
Where to buy: tascperformance.com
4. Jerzees 50/50
Heavyweight 50% cotton, 50% polyester crew neck t-shirt. Recommended by several readers over the years.
Where to buy: Amazon
5. Carhartt K87 Pocket T-Shirt
If you like a pocket t-shirt with longer short sleeves, the Carhartt K87 pocket t-shirt might just be what you’re looking for.
6. Dickies Pocket T-Shirt
This t-shirt from Dickies was recommend by another reader who emailed me about the Carhartt pocket t-shirts. He claimed both t-shirts had well-constructed collars that did not sag over time.
7. Port and Company 6.1oz. Essential T-Shirt
100% cotton, with shoulder taping. Does not look as tight as other crew neck t-shirts in this list, so keep that in mind.
Where to buy: Amazon
8. Shaka Wear
Received the following information from a reader who purchased some Shaka Wear t-shirts.
The Shakas came in and the neck seems to be slightly larger than the Top Ace. Though maybe they might tighten up after some washes.
9. Pro5 T-shirts
Getting some mixed information about these tees. Some say they have a tight neck, and others don’t think they’re tight enough. Buyer beware.
10. Jasper Holland Tight Neck T-Shirts With Prints
If your husband is looking for t-shirts to wear every day that are not blank, my pals at Jasper Holland Co make classy t-shirts for men that have a nice tight neckline.
Where to buy: jasperhollandco.com
11. Costco Kirkland
The Costco Kirkland white undershirt is thick and has a high collar. I don’t know if Costco carries any t-shirt products, but if they do, their high-collar design might be the same on the t-shirts.
Update: A member mentioned in the comments that Costco has downgraded their tees to a fabric that is not as heavy as they once were.
Bonus Idea: T-Shirt Blanks
Another idea is to visit a site that sells t-shirt blanks and look through their collection. You might find one or more brands that carry a high neck t-shirt.
Some t-shirt blanks companies sell direct-to-consumer, some don’t. But, if you can find a t-shirt they sell that has a tight collar, then maybe you can track down that same t-shirt on a site like eBay, Amazon, or somewhere else. Alternatively, just contact them directly and see what their minimum order quantity is.
Identifying High Collared Shirts
An easy way to tell if a t-shirt will have a high collar is by measuring the front drop (top of back collar to top of front collar) when the shirt is laying flat facing upward.
Most high collar undershirts I’ve seen have a 2″ – 3″ front drop with a collar opening of no more than 5.5″ at its widest point.
So, now that you are armed with that information, you can go to any store with measuring tape and tell in advance whether or not it will have a high collar!
Dye White T-Shirts at Home
One last thing – you can dye white shirts most of the time.
Sometimes the stitching does not take the color because it’s made of polyester or nylon, but the rest of the shirt will be dyed and the contrast still looks good.
So, if you find something you like in white and you want it a different color, just visit your local supermarket and buy some rit dye.
Hope the above information helps your husband find a t-shirt he loves! keep me posted too and let me know what he winds up buying.
Other Tight Neck T-Shirt Suggestions?
To everyone reading this article, if you have any other tight collar t-shirt suggestions, post them in the comments section below.
This article has been updated, re-written, and republished. The original comments below have been maintained for historical purposes.