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5 T-shirts to wear with a suit

Men are bending age-old suit rules by opting for the casual, cool tee and suit look.

David Beckham looks on point in a suit and t-shirt look.David Beckham looks on point in a suit and t-shirt look.David Beckham looks on point in a suit and t-shirt look. (Photo: Eduardo Parra/Getty Images)

Long gone are the days when men’s fashion was limited and even a bit stifled. There's a new freedom in men's fashion that has encouraged guys everywhere to loosen up and have some good, old fun with their attire.

The classic suit, a staple in every man’s wardrobe, hasn’t remained untouched. Men are bending age-old suit and tie rules by opting for the casual, cool T-shirt-and-suit look.

“The men’s wardrobe has evolved immensely,” Tomas Maier, the German-born designer of Bottega Veneta, told The New York Times. “There’s a lot of men out there who do not need those sartorial codes. They’re not lawyers, they’re not working on Wall Street. Including myself.”

In the modern era, when business casual has replaced Mad Men-esque dapper in the office, and people don’t dress up for flights the way they used to, the tee lends a relaxed feel to the suit while still looking pulled together and professional.

“I'm often traveling, and it provides both versatility and comfort, especially during long flights,” said Michael Parrish DuDell, entrepreneur, keynote speaker and bestselling business author of Shark Tank. “I wouldn't wear this combo for a big meeting or formal speaking engagement, but for my daily life it works well.”

While there are plenty of T-shirts out there, achieving this look requires the right fit, pattern and color to master the balance between dashing and chill. We’ve selected our five favorite tees to pair with your summer suit.


Club Monaco

Opt for a striped pattern, as opposed to a central graphic image. Take your suit to the next level with this lightweight Donegal tee by New York City-based Club Monaco. ($39.50, available online.)

Castro

Castro's Washed Look Shirt Castro's classic t-shirt.

One of the most popular fashion houses in Israel, Castro has perfected the art of the classic T-shirt. This washed-out textured tee will look perfectly fitted – slim through the body with the hem hitting around your belt. ($24.23, available online.)

NN.07

Copenhagen label NN.07’s classic crew-neck is crafted from comfortable cotton-jersey. The sunny-striped patch pocket makes this tee a fun and fine choice for your summer suit.($80, available online.)

A crewneck pocket shirt from Banana Republic. A pocket shirt from Banana Republic.

Guideboat & Co.

California-based Guideboat is all about long-lived products, which means you can wear this crewneck tee doing yard work one day and paired under your suit the next. This 100 percent cotton tee with pocket is handsome and thick, so it won’t look like you’re wearing an undershirt. ($45, available online.)

Banana Republic

A soft-washed tee from Banana Republic, one of America's most popular brands, will feel as cool as it looks under your jacket no matter the weather outside. ($27, available online.)

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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