Photo: Buck Mason

It’s casual Wednesday, so I’m talking about my favorite shirts that do not have buttons. The rules: no buttons, no branding, no white, no undershirts, no tank tops, no long sleeves, nothing that looks like athletic wear.

Photo: Buck Mason

Buck Mason is getting me to recommend 100% cotton, so you know they’re doing something right. Their made-in-the-USA curved hem tees are available as crew or V-necks and in a wide variety of colors, and they’re thick without feeling too heavy. Pretty much the modern update to the cotton tee.

Photo: Tommy John

Tommy John’s Moroccan tees are ridiculous soft, fit just right, and look better and more thoughtful than a V-neck.


Composed of 57% Pima Cotton, 38% Modal, and 5% Spandex, these shirts retain their shape, won’t pill, resist wrinkles, and did I mention they were ridiculously soft?

Photo: Unbound

Unbound’s V-neck, available in this stunning blue, is 100% unbranded merino, ready for wearing under a blazer, layering with, or traveling in.

Photo: Western Rise

Western Rise’s StrongCore Merino Pocket Tee is t-shirt perfection. Made of 89% merino, the StrongCore is simple, visually interesting, and the dropped tail hem makes me resent every shirt without one.

Photo: Civic

Civic makes it on to yet another Bests list with their Antoni Tee, a super soft, super light, perfectly tailored merino crew neck you’ll look forward to wearing, even on a plane.