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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 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 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 horizontal stripes. 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!)

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Best Overall Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Outerknown Groovy L/S Pocket Tee
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Buck Mason Field-Spec Rugby Crew
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Everlane Organic Cotton Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee
True Classic Crew Neck Long Sleeve
Wellen Hemp Long Sleeve Tee
Kotn Essential Longsleeve
J.Crew Relaxed Heritage Cotton Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Richer Poorer Relaxed Long Sleeve Tee
Alex Mill Standard Long Sleeve T-Shirt
Adsum Classic Long Sleeve Pocket Tee
Prana Long-Sleeve T-shirt
Madewell Garment-Dyed Allday Crewneck Tee
Adapture Relaxed Fit Long Sleeve
Battenwear L/S Basic Pocket Tee
Knickerbocker Mojave Heavyweight LS Tee
Sunspel Lounge Long Sleeve Tee
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