Betabrand says their Hawaiian shirt was “inspired by actual events,” but we don’t remember the last time that a 20-story lizard actually battled a 3-headed gopher monster on the streets Tokyo. But even if the imagery stretches the truth, it’s a cool shirt. Grab one before they’re all gone.
THE BEST Shirts
We just want to reach out and touch the rich blanket texture of The Hill-Side’s warm and wooly long-sleever. The stripey fall shirt offers a relaxed fit so you can wear it as a lightweight jacket too. It’s made in NYC using a Japanese wool/cotton/poly blend fabric for softness and comfort.
Paul Long designs rugged and refined treasures from trash. In 2019, his ANIÁN brand recycled 60,000 lb of post-consumer textile waste, then milled it to create the Modern Melton, a timeless, tailored shirt. Traditionally used for sailors’ pea coats, felt-like Melton wool has a luxurious weave so tight it’s wind/water resistant.
The Roosevelts teamed up with NASA to create a series of lighthearted warm weather wear inspired by the space program. We dig the One Small Step and Apollo XII Space Walk short sleeve shirts, and Moon Landing reflective tee, while the patriotic blue and white starred Hubble line is a little tacky for our tastes.
If you’re fed up with boxy, itchy, ill-fitting shirts, you’ll love RibbedTee’s undershirts. These breathable, buttery-soft shirts feature tech that wicks away sweat and eliminates odor. The Awesomer readers get 20% off, free shipping, and great discounts on bulk orders.
The Planet Earth Shirt gets its name from its intended place of use: anywhere on Earth. It’s made from fast-drying, stretchable and breathable material that also repels water, dirt and bacteria. It also has an anti-mosquito collar, seven air vents and nine loops for your tools.
Vollebak’s Black Light is a collection of athletic wear that appears all black in daylight. But you’ll still be seen in them in the dark, because they have black glass spheres that easily reflect light. There’s a t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, sweater and jacket.
Polo Ralph Lauren is banking on the return of Lo heads. Inspired by RL’s 1992 Olympic Games apparel, the Stadium Collection mixes blocks of red, white and blue with Olympic graphics. That coat is wildfire. Sadly, the gear is limited only to top tier stores such as Bodega.
Designer Junya Watanabe looked to The North Face’s duffle bags for his collaboration with the outdoor specialists. The Duffle Bag Remake jackets and shirts feature PVC duffle bag fabric as well as backpack straps, oversized logo print and other duffle bag details.
Danish sportswear brand Hummel dug through its archive to create a joyful collection of athleisure gear that screams ’90s. The polyester jackets and pants have swaths of yellow, orange and purple, while the cotton collared jersey has white, pink and yellow stripes.
White Mountaineering’s laid back take on the samue, the traditional work attire of Japanese Zen Buddhist monks. The oversized shirt is made of lightweight denim with a washed finish and has beautiful patterns on its placket. It also has a built-in adjustable waist clasp.
Japanese brand Prospective Flow gave the traditional haori jacket a more casual trim as part of its 2017 Spring/Summer collection. The hemp and cotton shirts have a slim cut with dropped shoulders, cropped sleeves and a rounded hem. Available in indigo and black.
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