The most enduring style in men's tee shirts is the crew neck, with its familiar round, banded neck. Many men prefer this style for their athletic t-shirts because it's close-fitting without being binding. You're not restricted to the basic white tee, either. Athletic tees are offered in all kinds of styles and fabrics. Cotton crews remain a favorite for their breathability, softness, easy laundering and durability. Many tees made for athletic wear are made of high-tech modern fiber blends like modals, microfibers, lycra and spandex. These fabrics function to help regulate body temperature, move moisture away from the skin, control odor and provide free range of motion.
Athletic crew necks are not just the classic short-sleeved model anymore, either. Long sleeved crews come in loose fit and a body-hugging close fit, sometimes with compression to combat muscle fatigue and provide support. Crew necks also come in sleeveless tees, some meant for strenuous activity with fabric that blocks the sun's heat. Athletic tees are also useful as base layers for colder weather. Made of lightweight material that wicks moisture, base layer tees keep you dry and comfortable, no matter how cold the temperature.