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The Best Basic Long-Sleeve T-Shirts to Buy Now

For when short-sleeves, well, fall short.

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Don't consider this story a wholehearted repudiation of the trusty T-shirt. I own a ton of them, and short sleeve ones are perfect paired with jeans, worn with something like a shirt jacket, or used as a base layer beneath a hoodie or a sweatshirt. T-shirts are the titular king of the closet.

But what about the short-sleeve T-shirt's sibling, the long-sleeve? It's everything the T-shirt is except longer. Does that make it better? Well, you can be the judge of that, but the benefits of a T-shirt with elongated sleeves abound. They line scratchy jackets and sweaters; keep you warmer when the weather shifts (which it is); and offer coverage for people in cooler places with harsh sun and those who wish to cover their arms (for any number of reasons).

In keeping with the theme, which is wardrobe staples, these are all blank — save for one which has a tiny box logo. But that doesn't mean they're basic. Some come in hues only achievable through pigment dying, others are cut to fit a certain way, and a couple of them have pockets. (A plus!) Shop a few of our favorite long-sleeve T-shirts below.

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The Best Overall Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Groovy L/S Pocket Tee

This is Outerknown's best-selling Groovy Pocket T-shirt, but long-sleeve. It's cut from 100-percent organic cotton, comes in seven colors, and fits perfectly. 

Essential Longsleeve

Kotn's Essential Longsleeve is just that, a simple essential with few, if any, frills. Truly, aside from a tiny tag on the inside, this top is just super soft, brushed mid-weight jersey. 

Relaxed Long Sleeve Tee
Richer Poorer

Richer Poorer's Relaxed Tee isn't a droopy, drop-shouldered disaster. Instead, it's merely roomy enough for you to, hence the name, relax in. Finished with novelty stitching on the collar and a Shibori-like hue applied by hand, this option's an upgrade without the usual overspending.

Standard Long Sleeve T-Shirt in Slub Cotton

This classic tee is made with soft, breathable slub cotton, a knit that has subtle variation in texture. It comes in navy, white and black and fits true to size.

Classic Long Sleeve Pocket Tee

Adsum's long-sleeve pocket tee is made from 100-percent American cotton and comes in five colors. This one's called Raspberry. It's a burnt, sort of vintage red that's finished with a retro-tinged logo tag on the chest pocket.

Lounge Long Sleeve Tee

English luxury brand Sunspel makes their Lounge Long Sleeve Tee from 50-percent cotton and 50-percent Modal, making it not only temperature regulating but incredibly soft to the touch.

Long Sleeve Ranger Pocket T-Shirt

Aside from Adsum, Filson's entry is the only one with a visible logo. I'll allow it when it's nearly unnoticeable — and unabashedly retro, which this one is. The brand's Ranger T-shirt is cut from 3.5-oz 100-percent cotton, meaning it'll make an excellent base layer or breathable top (even in the height of summer). 

Tough-Knit Long Sleeve Classic Pocket Tee
Buck Mason

Made from brushed, mid-weight cotton, Buck Mason's class tee is California cool. Or, at least it'll keep you that way. Either way, with a color like Midnight Venice, you'll certainly look the part.

Garment-Dyed Allday Crewneck Tee

Madewell's entry to this list softens with each wash. And it starts out soft, too, courtesy of garment dying. 

Relaxed Fit Long Sleeve

Adapture makes three different colored T-shirts in three different fits. Simple, right? This is the Relaxed Fit Long Sleeve — which is made from a preshrunk 60-percent cotton, 40-percent polyester blend — a wider-fitting top with moisture-wicking properties.

Organic Cotton Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee

Trust Everlane to make the kind of T-shirt you couldn't be paid to take off. It's made from organic cotton, fits perfectly both through the body and the arms, and is protected by the brand's year-long warranty. Rips, holes, shrinkage, color fading, any of it, it's all covered.

L/S Basic Pocket Tee

Battenwear says its burly Basic Pocket Tee is inspired by "the long-sleeve comfy shirt we always see surfers wearing after an epic set." But, they claim, this one's even better. It's made from 5.5 oz ringspun cotton, promising quality and comfort.

Max Weight Long Sleeve Tee
American Trench

Here comes the heaviest one in the bunch. Weighing in at 8 oz, American Trench's Max Weight Long Sleeve Tee really is an extreme — aka double the weight of most long-sleeve tees. For $52, it's tough, heavy-duty, and the perfect mix between a lightweight sweatshirt and a super sturdy tee.

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