T-shirts: they’re not all created equal. Though there’s nothing better than a lightweight, fresh tee for summer, some have been in your closet forever and need to be retired. You may not put much thought into something as simple as a tee, but the right one can add a crisp element to your style. Check out our five T-shirts that receive high marks.

For the Charitable and Casual

FEED for Target Men’s Short Sleeve Tee ($15, target.com)

A bold red can be intimidating for those apprehensive of wearing color. But this option has a washed look that subdues the hue and gives a vintage-y vibe. Also, philanthropy meets fashion, as this one shirt provides 12 meals for families across the U.S.

For the Everyday Man

Small Lion V-Neck Tee ($25, express.com)

There's nothing fancy about this tee, but that’s what makes it great and wearable. Royal blue is an often overlooked neutral that works for every man. And the V-neck is a welcome change from the typical crew neck T-shirt. 

For the Kid at Heart

Men's Transformers Tee ($15, oldnavy.com)

Sometimes you just want to keep it fun. You’ll automatically be transported back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons with this tee that’s fitting for light weekend wear with your go-to jeans or cargo shorts.

For the Baller on a Budget

Roaring Tiger Tee ($24, urbanoutfitters.com)

Animal motif shirts are having a serious moment, and some high-end designers charge in the hundreds. But you can save cash on this tee that adds automatic edge without trying too hard. Play it safe by rocking it with dark trousers, or go the brighter route and pick up on one of the shirt’s colors, like yellow and aqua.

For the Trendy

American Rag Short Sleeve Camo T-Shirt ($7, macys.com)

Like it or not, the camo trend is still going strong. The busy print gets broken up with a solid black band. It looks great alone or even peeking from under a button-up shirt for a day at the office. And at less than $10, you can afford to buy multiples.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.