The 9 Best Black T-Shirts On The Internet (Because Everyone Needs One)

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors
There are many pieces that cruise through the trend cycle every season, have their moment, and ultimately fall off the map (ahem, paint-on skinny jeans). But despite the ever-changing fashion industry, the short sleeve black T-shirt always remains constant — that’s why they call it a staple, ya know. And given it’s classic, never-going-out-of-style nature, just about every brand under the sun has their own version of “the perfect one.”
But to really uncover the actual best black tees out there, diving deep into the top retailers’ consumer comments is often the best bet. So for this installment of Hype Machine, we did just that to find vetted options from fellow shoppers that reviewed T-shirts based on supreme quality, fabric, and shape. Ahead you’ll fine the crème de la crème that will not only become mainstays in your wardrobe, but are guaranteed to fit your style to a tee.
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The Boxy, Cropped Tee

If you’re going for that live-in look, Everlane’s boxy T-shirt is for you. The best part is it actually will get softer and more relaxed as you wash it thanks to the combed-cotton fabric.

The Hype: 4.79 out of 5 stars on Everlane

What They’re Saying: “This is my favorite shirt. I've worn it twice this week, you could say I'm a little obsessed. Perfect cut, a little cropped but long enough to just cover pants without looking baggy. And it's so soft. Get one! Or three!” - abcb1233, Everlane Review
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The Made-For-Customers Tee

Amazon started with customers reviews and feedback to create their wardrobe essentials line, so it’s no surprise that most of the pieces in the offering are best-sellers — like this classic black T-shirt that’s comfortable and soft.

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon

What They’re Saying: “I absolutely love them. I had read a lot of reviews, but I was still genuinely surprised at the quality of the material as soon as I opened the package. The material has some weight to it — doesn't feel cheap, thin or flimsy at all, and is soft to the touch.” - Vi, Amazon Review
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The Perfect Plus-Size Tee

Featuring a silky fabric, flattering rounded neck, and added spandex for extra comfort, this is the tee you can dress up with a skirt and jacket or down with jeans. You’ll live in it.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 Stars on Target

What They’re Saying: “Love these shirts! I hate to buy shirts online when I am not sure of the fabric but these were a win-win!! Not only were they on sale but the fabric is more silky than the standard T-shirt but also flowy instead of clingy. I bought 4 different colors and couldn't be happier with my purchase.” - Anonymous, Target Review
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The Pocket Tee

Keep it cool with an A+ pocket tee that has everything you want—jersey fabric, a scoop neckline, just-long-enough sleeves, and a classic pocket.

The Hype: 5 out of 5 Stars on Zappos

What They’re Saying: “I can’t stop wearing this tee! Quite possibly the softest cotton for the price! Luxurious!” - Tara, Zappos Review
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The Thick T-Shirt

The common thread throughout most of the positive reviews for this Uniqlo U crew-neck tee is the thick fabric that holds up and doesn’t lose its shape.

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars on Uniqlo

What They’re Saying: “Perfectly true to size, soft and substantial. Best T-shirts ever. Now I just need an oversized, cropped version for when I have a food baby.” - Emma, Uniqlo Review
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The Elbow-Length Tee

For a little extra coverage and a sophisticated silhouette, LOFT's must-have elbow-length black T-shirt is all you’ll want to wear.

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 Stars on LOFT

What They’re Saying: “This is a great little tee to wear any time of year. The elbow sleeves can help to cover sagging triceps. The scoop neck is not too low. The material is a very nice weight.” - sunnyinstgeorge, LOFT Review
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The Semi-Sheer Tee

Ideal for your off-duty life, this loose, semi-sheer T-shirt features a relaxed hem that’s a hit amongst reviewers.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars on Shopbop

What They’re Saying: “I have every color (almost) in these tops. They are lightweight and go with everything. Perfect for wearing alone or layering. A little pricey but worth it.” - StacLynn, Shopbop Review
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The Flowy Tee

As an update to a standard black T-shirt, this style features an asymmetrical hem and a billowy back for a flattering, non-clingy fit.

The Hype: 4.9 out of 5 stars on Nordstrom

What They’re Saying: “I'm always looking for T shirts that have a little more than your standard T. The detail on the back and the asymmetrical hem give this shirt a little more flattering shape. Not to mention, it is SO soft. Definitely buy it!” - Katherine203, Nordstrom Review
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The Performance Tee

Hanes is a poster child for the perfect basic T-shirt, including this popular performance tee you can layer or wear as is in extreme heat without having to worry about excess sweat.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon

What They’re Saying: “I LOVE this shirt. This shirt keeps me cooler than any other shirt I own. It seems to dry almost as quickly as I sweat. I put this shirt through extremes, 90 degree weather with 70-80% humidity.” - Heather A., Amazon Review

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