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The 10 Best Pocket Tees to Add to Your Summer Wardrobe

From Velva Sheen, 3sixteen, Lady White Co.


An essential part of any warm-weather wardrobe, the pocket tee finds its roots in the athletic-wear of the 20th century. It used to feature hearty fabric and durable construction, but the staple garment became ubiquitous and watered-down as brands opted for cheap labor and materials from overseas manufacturers.

Today, a crop of boutique brands have looked back to mid-century pocket tees, recreating their appeal with top-tier fabric and quality manufacturing. The prices are probably more than you’d traditionally spend on an average t-shirt, but who want to settle for average?

3sixteen Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt

Cut from a custom knit nine-ounce jersey, this tee has a triple-needle, cover-stitched collar. It’s made in the USA and will shrink slightly in the wash, so size up when buying.

Buy Now: $43

Mollusk Hemp Pocket Tee

This American-made shirt features a soft hemp-cotton blend. The color is a sun-faded indigo and the fabric is breathable for hot days.

Buy Now: $44

General Admission Basic Pocket Tee


Featuring a custom-made lightweight peach twill, this shirt is soft, comfortable and durable. The silhouette has a timeless drape and the shirt fits true to size.

Buy Now: $45

Outerknown Sojour Pocket Tee

Made from organic Peruvian Pima cotton, the fabric in this tee is sourced from over 390 farmers across Peru. It features a relaxed neckline, a classic fit and a washed-out colorway.

Buy Now: $48

Lady White Co. Clark Pocket Tee

Made in Los Angeles, this shirt is cut from six-ounce sanforized tubular knit unbleached cotton. The fabric has a subtle slub and fits true to size.

Buy Now: $65

Velva Sheen Pigment Dyed Pocket Tee

This vintage-inspired tee is cut from over-dyed cotton. Made in America, it runs one size small, so size up for the best fit.

Buy Now: $69

Sugar Cane Whitesville Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt

Japanese brand Toyo (which owns Sugar Cane) bought the liscense to Whitesville, a Montgomery Ward brand that produced sportswear in the late ’50s. Made in Japan, this tee is cut from long staple combed cotton and features a single-needle stiched chest pocket.

Buy Now: $75

Jungmaven 100% Hemp Pocket Tee

Made from 6.8-ounce hemp jersey, this shirt is breathable, textured and features a nice drape. Design features include a classic fit, a relaxed neckline and a casual garment dye.

Buy Now: $96

National Athletic Goods V Pocket Tee

Made in Canada, this tee is sewn from exclusive Japanese-marled fabric. The design features a ribbed crew neck with a V-stitch detail. Fits true to size.

Buy Now: $119

Studio D’Artisan Suvin Gold Loop-Wheeled T-Shirt

This shirt is made from some of the most expensive cotton in the world (Suving Gold Cotton Yarns). It features a heavy-weight loopwheeled fabric that won’t shrink much, and it comes in a special Studio D’Artisan Suvin Gold box.

Buy Now: $120

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