As much as we hate to admit it, summer is coming to a close. There are still a few weeks left in August and Labor Day doesn’t fall until September 7 this year, but we’re all starting to look at our calendars and being like, “Where the F did the summer go?”
It’s a harsh wake-up call on the level of the ice bucket challenge. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that you get to bust out some new outfits. As great as summer is, from a sartorial perspective it can be kind of limiting—shorts, T-shirts or maybe a polo, and sneakers is all you really need. With the impending arrival of fall, you get to wear pieces that flex your personal style a bit more.
And there are few better transition season pieces than a long-sleeve T-shirt. It can work with boardshorts for a dusk beach BBQ and look good with jeans in the city. From streetwear to classics, we found 10 cool long-sleeve T-shirts that will keep you on point.
Stussy is an O.G. in the streetwear game and this shirt reflects its heritage. The bold 1980 graphic on the front is inverted on the back.
The striped long-sleeve tee should be an all-season staple for every guy. J.Crew’s has a soft, textured feel that feels comfortable enough to sleep in but adds class to any outfit.
Alternative Apparel shirts feel like you’ve owned them for dozen years the first time you try one on. The blue on this eco-friendly shirt will keep you thinking of days on the water even as the leaves start to change color.
Sometimes it’s just about a cool logo, and Patagonia certainly has one of those. This tee is made from organic Texas cotton and features the mountain graphic on the back which is a little more subtle.
Started by pro skater Alex Olson, 917 is a brand that pays homage to the area code of New York City cell phones. Fans of the Bad News Bears will appreciate the Chico’s Bail Bonds graphic on the back.
Off-White is the brainchild of Kanye West confidante Virgil Abloh. This shirt features its signature bold diagonal stripe on the sleeves and on the back.
JOHN ELLIOTT + CO
California designer John Elliott takes basics and makes them awesomer. Case in point, this long-sleeve Mercer tee. Subtle details like a hem that’s longer in the back than the front and a slightly larger neck make it perfectly suited for today’s style.
THE HUNDREDS X TODD BRATRUD
Skateboard artist Todd Bratrud lent his twisted sensibilities to this collaboration with The Hundreds. Instead of sticking to traditional graphic placements, Bratrud tried to channel the art of scribbles on a bathroom stall by placing images all over the tee.
Carhartt WIP (it stands for Work In Progress) is the cooler, more street-inspired label from the workwear giant. The clever stripes on the sleeves will have everyone stopping to ask you, “What’s CRHT WIP?”
Neighborhood was started in Japan to celebrate the country’s die-hard motorcycle culture. The collection has expanded to include pieces like this camo tee, but its biker roots are always present.