Where To Form Fitting Undershirts That Aren’t Too Tight

There’s a fine line between form fitting undershirts and those that are form fitting without being too tight.

Wondering what the difference is?

Here’s the reader question that inspired this article:

Hi Tug,

I have a question.

I am looking for the perfect white crew neck undershirt.

Recently bought the Polo 3-pack classic crew at Macys, and out of the package they were great. But, after one wash they lost their shape and each shirt fit completely different.

It’s highly disappointing since I spent $34 on them.

It’s pretty common that my undershirts lose their shape after one wash, except for the H&M stretch cotton (very slim fit) and express stretch tees.

I really like those shirts but I am not looking for a slim fit undershirt. It still has to fit, if that makes sense.

For some reason my shirts always get shorter in the back than in the front and the bottom of the shirt becomes very loose and therefore loses its form fit.

Could you please recommend a form fitting shirt, that keeps its shape wash after wash, but not too tight and with a longer length?

Are undershirts having “combed cotton” a good option?

Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!

– Joe

form fitting men's undershirts
Jockey T Shirt, Modern Classics 1×1 Rib – Black – V-Neck – 3 Pack $29.50

Form Fitting Undershirts: Tug’s Advice

Hey Joe,

Thanks for stopping by my site and sending in your question!

It’s surprising that you had that experience with the polo classic crews because I read a bunch of reviews about that product on freshpair.com and most people really liked them.

One common theme that guys agreed on they were really soft.

That being said, if they aren’t keeping their shape to your liking and you’re looking for something else, let’s see if we can find something for you.

There’s a fine line between form fitting undershirts, and one that is not too tight – and it all depends on the individual.

The most common form fitting undershirts are those that are made from stretch cotton, mostly 95% cotton, 5% spandex/lycra.

Looks like your express stretch tees are on that list too. (Question: Is the H&M made out of a 95/5 blend)?

Since I’m not really clear on how the express stretch tees fit, you may find other 95/5 blends that fit a little less tight, but you’ll have to try them out for yourself to be certain.

Suggestions for Form Fitting Men’s Undershirts

If you’re looking for something that is slim fitting, you might be interested in the Jockey Classic Streamlined Fit, Calvin Klein Slim Fit crew, 2xist Slim Fit Pima crew, or any other “slim” cut undershirt.

Next, you may want to try undershirts that contain fine (1×1) ribbing because many of these do not have spandex/lycra. So while they will be more fitting, they won’t be as “clingy” as spandex undershirts.

Hugo Boss makes plain slim-fit t-shirt, there is the 2xist pima cotton rib undershirt ($22.40 – $28.00 on amazon).

If you’re looking for something that is still fitted, but slightly less fitted than 1×1 ribbed undershirts, you might want to try out undershirts made from 2×1 ribbing.

Those include the Jockey Modern Classic ribbed undershirt [tug: actually found out this one is 1×1 rib] or even possibly the CoolWear Supima undershirt from RibbedTee.

Are Undershirts Featuring Combed Cotton a Good Option?

The short answer to your question is that combed cotton is the main fabric material of most undershirts nowadays.

The main differences in how these undershirts feel is the weight and the weaving style of the fabric.

Undershirts from Hanes and Fruit of the Loom use combed cotton, but the fabric is a tighter-weaved jersey, so they won’t be as stretchy as others. 

Some jersey undershirts can have a loose-knit weave, so they will stretch more than a tight-weaved jersey.

Rib combed cotton undershirts (1×1 or 2×1) will have a natural stretch to them due to the weaving style.

They will stretch horizontally and fit a wide variety of body styles.

I could go on, but that’s a long way of saying that all combed cotton undershirts are not similar.

Take a look at the above recommendations and let me know if you have any additional questions.

Would love to know what you wind up trying and ultimately choose as your preferred undershirt!

Joe’s Response

Hey Tug,

I bought the jockey modern classic ribbed that you recommended and really like them a lot!!

Thanks for the advice!

The H&M slim fit undershirts that I was telling you about are called Fine Stretch Cotton 50% Organic Cotton, 45% cotton, and 5% Elastane.

Once again thanks for everything and thanks for the follow up.

If I try any others I will def let you know. I will be sure to check back into your site once in a while for any new updates!

Hope all is well.

Update On Jockey Modern Classics

In trying to track down a link to the Jockey Modern Classics 1×1 ribbed undershirt I recommended to Joe.

I came across a couple product pages saying the product had been discontinued.

I’m going to check with my friends over at Jockey to see if they have any intel on the product.

New Update:

I just heard back from the folks at Jockey and they did indeed confirm that the 1×1 rib Modern Classics have been discontinued in all of their sales channels.

They also verified they don’t offer any other 1×1 rib undershirts.

Looks like Joe was pretty lucky to snatch some up before they were all gone.

The good news is, there are several other options on the above listing to choose from!!

12 thoughts on “Where To Form Fitting Undershirts That Aren’t Too Tight”

  1. My major issue with most undershirts is that after time they shrink and start to get rough. That makes them worthless to me at that point. I want a material that is going to stay comfortable and the same size it was when i originally purchased it at. How does this H&M undershirt do over time?

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    • heya travis, i’m not sure how the h&m feels over time — maybe someone else here does??

      material itself isn’t what determines how soft it will get over time. it’s the quality of the fabric that really determines this.

      start with a good quality fabric, and it will age well over time and better/softer than low-quality fabric.

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  2. Sure it was $12.95 Canadian, I’m not sure what the price would be in teh states. I took a picture of me wearing it right out the box, I can email you my picture. I Don’t see your email anywhere on your site. Or I’m blind

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    • funny. look at my logo at the top of the site. tug [at] undershirtguy [dott] com.

      send over the photo and i’ll include it here in the site (or in one of your comments).

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  3. I actually have 4 pairs of H&M fine stretch cotton V necks. They are slim fit but not that tight to me at least.

    They wash really well. For the price they are the best option for people who are looking for decent quality and great fitting shirt.

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    • hey dominic, thanks for making the additional recommendation for the h&m tees! i have an h&m very close to me so when i get the chance, i’m gonna see if i can pick them up and give them a test drive.

      honestly, i need to go undershirt shopping again to see who’s got the latest and greatest products!

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      • Hi Tug,

        Sounds good. I have quite a few undershirts and the H&M is one of my favourites. I wear them 99% of the time under a dress shirt for work, the other 1% is when I’m on vacation and I need a cool, comfortable shirt to just relax in.

        I’ve tried CK, Polo, and Armani as well. I considered the ribbed tee based on your review but I’ll wait for another time to test out their shirts.

        h&m heather grey v-neck undershirt

      • hey dominic, what’s the fabric blend of the h&m? does it have any spandex it in.

        for reference, the ribbed tee doesn’t have any spandex in it. the ribbing in the shirt is what allows it to stretch and recover, but the recovery during daily wear isn’t as pronounced as an undershirt with spandex. the shirts recover after each laundering though. the 1×1 rib micromodal line keeps it’s shape better than the 2×1 classic line because the ribbing on the micromodal is tighter.

  4. I bought hanes boy boxers they are the worst underwear I have ever had. They have a seam in the middle that is uncomfortable and rides up. A friend of mine had the same problem and she threw hers out. I am going to buy another brand such as fruit of the loom. Also I tried to get online to Hanes and email them of this complaint, however you can’t. Just wanted people to know and I am a Hanes fane. I was really surprised by this.
    Thank you.

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    • wow, that’s interesting michelle, but not surprise. i’ve heard lots of people complain about hanes lately which is too bad. they’ve generally offered a great value product, but it seems like their construction and/or fabric quality has been lacking recently.

      keep me posted on what you find with your fruit of the loom tests.

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