Gifting your father a “World’s Best Dad” T-shirt may actually suggest something else: you didn’t know what else to get him. Or at least, you didn’t know what type of shirt would be the right choice. Should you get him a polo shirt? A button-up? What about a basic T-shirt? The choices are numerous and there’s not a single option that’s best for every dad.
To give you some direction, we rounded up a variety of shirts from several shirt subsets. Whether a tried-and-true oxford shirt, a breezy camp shirt to get him through summer or simple tee, these are the best shirts to gift Dad for Father’s Day.
Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt
T-Shirt: In every area of life, having good fundamentals makes all the difference. That’s probably an adage Dad taught you at some point. The same goes for clothes. A solid, well-made T-shirt goes a long way and Uniqlo U’s tees are affordable and classic. Made from a substantial all-cotton jersey fabric available in over a dozen colors, they’re just the comfortable, but not baggy and certainly not like Marlon Brando’s sausage-case tee a la A Streetcar Named Desire.
Native Youth Short Sleeve Washed T-Shirt
Tie-dye Shirt: Regardless of where your dad stands on the Grateful Dead, tie-dye shirts have officially graduated from craft clothing to a staple print, like plaids and stripes. They’re not just for the high-minded or DIY-ers. This one is made from a soft cotton-poly blend with a very tasteful tie-dye that’s subtler than most.
Wellen Hemp Polo Shirt
Polo Shirt: The polo shirt is perfect for golfers, but also seems to be the requisite collared shirt of dads everywhere. This one is primed for summer, made from a lightweight and breathable blend of organic cotton and hemp that’s as soft as it is cool.
Levi’s Barstow Western Shirt
Western Shirt: A well-faded denim western shirt can add a bit of panache to any outfit. Levi’s has been making its Barstow Western Shirt for years and it’s one of the best available. Quality cotton denim, classic western styling and an impeccable fit all come together for a shirt that’ll look great on anyone.
Patagonia Cayo Largo II Shirt
Work shirt: A work shirt should be somewhere in his closet. This one, from Patagonia, is made of a breathable blend of organic cotton, recycled nylon and hemp, and features two flap pockets as well as a third zipper pocket.
Alex Mill Short Sleeve Popover Shirt in Paper Cotton
Popover Shirt: Alex Mill’s paper cotton shirts are a great option for any occasion. The lightweight cotton fabric is crisp and cool and the popover design sits squarely between casual and dressy.
Outerknown Highline Shirt
Plaid Shirt: If he loves flannels, even in the summer, a lightweight plaid shirt is a great warm-weather alternative. This one from Outerknown features a fabric that’s a breezy and lightweight mix of organic cotton and linen and comes in ten different colorways, so you know there’s the perfect plaid just for Dad.
Kamakura Shirts Blue Oxford Button-Down
Oxford Shirt: Kamakura Shirts makes some of the best quality shirts for the price. Made in Japan by artisanal shirtmakers, its range of button-ups is impeccably constructed using a high stitch density, mother-of-pearl buttons and enviable collar rolls, all for less than a Benjamin.
Portuguese Flannel Dogtown Vacation Shirt
Camp Shirt: Portuguese Flannel doesn’t limit itself to making only great flannel shirts — the multi-generational shirt company makes a great range of top-notch camp shirts, too. They come in a range of colorways and a gallery of fun prints, each made from 100 percent lyocell fabric for a silky feel that’s also quite breathable.