The Best Gray T-Shirts

a review of six brands of gray t-shirts and which one was surprisingly my favorite

A gray tee is a closet staple for me. If you don’t have one in your closet, I bought a bunch, tried them on for you, and found a clear favorite!


I found the perfect gray tee for summer

A couple of weeks ago on the blog I shared my favorite white t-shirts. Today let’s talk about gray t-shirts.

A gray tee is another closet staple for summer, and I bought a bunch to try and want to share my favorite.


These are the gray t-shirts I bought and tried

merricksart gray tee review aerie real soft tee

Aerie Real Soft V-Neck Tee

Wearing size: Small

I’ve bought a bunch of stuff from Aerie’s Real Soft collection and they’re always insanely soft. This tee is no exception. It’s lightweight, buttery soft, so comfortable, and has a perfect slightly oversized fit.

The only downside for me is that it’s a little bit sheer. You can see in the photos my undergarments showing through at the neck. Bummed about that because it really is such a good, soft tee.

Shop this tee HERE

merricksart gray t-shirt review amazon essentials gray tee

Amazon Essentials V-Neck Tee

Wearing size: Small

Have you guys checked out the Amazon Essentials line? They have everything, including the perfect gray tee! I bought this one on a whim because it had good reviews, and honestly it was my favorite of all the tees I tried.

It has the same buttery soft feel, it’s slightly longer length so you can size up and wear with leggings, or size down for a closer fit, and it has a perfect not-too-low v-neck.

The fabric is also not quite so drapey, so if you carry weight in your stomach it’ll smooth over that.

This tee was a surprising winner for me, and a perfect everyday gray tee.

Shop this tee HERE


merricksart gray tee review halogen gray t-shirt

Halogan Modal Gray Tee

Wearing size: XS

If you’re looking for an oversized tee to wear with leggings and cover your booty, this is a perfect option. If I were doing that, I’d stick to a size small instead of sizing down.

As you can see, the tee is very long, so it makes it a little trickier to half tuck, and there’s a lot of material for fully tucking. So get this one if you’re looking for a gray tee that you’ll mostly be wearing untucked.

Also I should mention, the material isn’t sheer, but it’s very lightweight and has a drapey hand that will definitely accentuate any weight you carry on your stomach, back, or sides. Stick to a more structured fabric if you carry weight there!

Shop this tee HERE

merricksrat madewell crew neck tee

Madewell Crew Neck Gray Tee

This gray tee runs TTS, but has a boxy fit. I’m wearing a size small.

I wanted to give you guys a few crew neck options, and this was a really good one. The color of gray is a beautiful heather, and the length is perfect for leaving untucked, half tucking, or fully tucking. I love this tee.

It’s also not sheer at all, and has more of a soft, crisp feel rather than the buttery soft feel of some of the others.

Shop this tee HERE

merrick's art madewell gray tee review

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tee

Wearing size small

The whisper cotton Madewell tee is always a favorite. I’ve owned this tee in a bunch of colors over the years, and it’s a great basic v-neck.

The V neckline is lower than the others, and some of you have mentioned that in the past, but I don’t think it’s too low at all. It’s super flattering and opens up your face with a slightly deeper V.

It’s also the perfect length for untucking, half tucking, and fully tucking.

Shop this tee HERE

merrick's art j.crew fitted tee review

J.Crew Perfect Fit Gray Tee

Wearing Size: Small. This gray tee runs true to size.

The shape of this tee is different than the others; it has a slightly longer, more fitted sleeve, and a slimmer cut on the bodice. This gray tee is a great option for tucking into skinny jeans or A-line skirts!

If you’re looking for a really slim bodysuit style of fit, size down!

Shop this tee HERE

Try these ideas to wear your gray t-shirt

  • Pair your gray t-shirt with white jeans for summer.
  • A gray tee looks adorable tucked into a summer skirt.
  • Tie a knot in your tee at the waist and wear it with shorts.
  • For a super basic outfit, tuck your gray tee into a pair of high waisted jeans


  1. Marta says:

    They all look amazing, I personally don’t have any gray t-shirts but now you got me thinking I need one.

  2. Sarah says:

    I orderEd the amazon ESSENTIALs tee in gray and then when ahead and added a light pink to my cart as well. I love Them both so much im going to order a couple more colors. They’re so soft too! Thanks for the recommendation!

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