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A good T-shirt is a non-negotiable essential in any wardrobe. And now that they're coming out from under sweaters and heavy winter coats, it makes sense that you're thinking about refreshing your personal selection of the staple item. Finding a favorite tee can be tricky, so we've mapped out where in New York City to find the best ones, whether you're looking to splurge on a cool-kid brand or stock up on multiples without going completely broke.

Check out our ten favorite spots below, mapped out from north to south. If you don't see your favorite here, leave us a note in the comments — and if you're going for that James Dean effortlessness, grab a pair of good jeans to go with your new purchase.

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1. Uniqlo

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31 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
(877) 486-4756
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The Japanese superstore full of wardrobe essentials is built on simplicity, quality, and longevity. With tee shirt price tags starting at $8, you can stock up on supima cotton and dry tech styles without thinking twice.

2. Marine Layer

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316 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 864-3604
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San Francisco has birthed many a basics brand (shoutout to Silicon Valley!), and luckily Marine Layer has crossed the country to bring New Yorkers that perfect T-shirt that won't lose its shape after a few washes for just 40 bucks. The store now boasts three NYC shops — here, Nolita, and Cobble Hill.
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3. James Perse

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60 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-3501
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This is one of those Los Angeles brands that New Yorkers love. Known for its super-soft, American-made 100% cotton tee that's just the right weight, you can find basically any wardrobe essential within this brand for men and women.

4. T by Alexander Wang

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103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 977-9683
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Another one for the hopelessly cool, the designer's diffusion line includes tees that fall in the $100 range, but you are pretty much guarenteed to rave about it to anyone who will listen.
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065
(646) 335-0978
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Anthony Thomas Melillo's acronymic collection is full of luxe tees made from modal and cotton jersey that start at $76. You can find them in Barneys' uptown flagship, as well as a few specialty boutiques around the city like Kirna Zabete and Otte.

6. Madewell

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115 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-5172
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Madewell is known for timeless basics that live up to the brand's name. It's called its best-selling tee a "forever favorite," and if you scroll the reviews, you'll have no choice but to accept it as a fact.

7. Aritzia

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89 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 307-3121
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This Canadian boutique has been stepping up its game as of late with very feminine staple pieces made to last. Get your fill of basic tees starting at $35 from in-house brands including Talula, Wilfred, and Community. This Flatiron location opened last fall, and other NYC stores can be found in Soho and at Rockefeller Center.

8. Basic Basic

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710 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-5711
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The name pretty much sums up this Noho store. The exterior looks a tiny bit American Apparel-esque (it used to be one, after all), and the interior is stocked with nothing but investment basics by the likes of Wildfox Couture and James Perse, to name just a few. With a wide range of brands comes a wide range of price points — shirts start at $19 and go upwards of $110.
28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 682-7899
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Thank goodness the celeb-loved indie brand didn't get killed by American Apparel, because then we'd be without its house line A.OK shirts that come in slouchy, classic, and cropped fits starting at $52.

10. American Apparel Factory Outlet

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285 Lafayette St, New York
NY, 10012
(212) 675-2360
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Despite its recent controversy, American Apparel has always been a solid bet for basics. You can get pretty much any kind of tee that you're searching for without breaking the bank here — especially if you're shopping this factory outlet location.

1. Uniqlo

31 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
The Japanese superstore full of wardrobe essentials is built on simplicity, quality, and longevity. With tee shirt price tags starting at $8, you can stock up on supima cotton and dry tech styles without thinking twice.
31 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001

2. Marine Layer

316 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
Kristen Philipkoski/Racked
San Francisco has birthed many a basics brand (shoutout to Silicon Valley!), and luckily Marine Layer has crossed the country to bring New Yorkers that perfect T-shirt that won't lose its shape after a few washes for just 40 bucks. The store now boasts three NYC shops — here, Nolita, and Cobble Hill.
316 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

3. James Perse

60 Mercer St, New York, NY 10013
This is one of those Los Angeles brands that New Yorkers love. Known for its super-soft, American-made 100% cotton tee that's just the right weight, you can find basically any wardrobe essential within this brand for men and women.
60 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013

4. T by Alexander Wang

103 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
Another one for the hopelessly cool, the designer's diffusion line includes tees that fall in the $100 range, but you are pretty much guarenteed to rave about it to anyone who will listen.
103 Grand St
New York, NY 10013

5. ATM

660 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10065
Anthony Thomas Melillo's acronymic collection is full of luxe tees made from modal and cotton jersey that start at $76. You can find them in Barneys' uptown flagship, as well as a few specialty boutiques around the city like Kirna Zabete and Otte.
660 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10065

6. Madewell

115 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003
Madewell is known for timeless basics that live up to the brand's name. It's called its best-selling tee a "forever favorite," and if you scroll the reviews, you'll have no choice but to accept it as a fact.
115 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. Aritzia

89 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10003
This Canadian boutique has been stepping up its game as of late with very feminine staple pieces made to last. Get your fill of basic tees starting at $35 from in-house brands including Talula, Wilfred, and Community. This Flatiron location opened last fall, and other NYC stores can be found in Soho and at Rockefeller Center.
89 Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10003

8. Basic Basic

710 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
The name pretty much sums up this Noho store. The exterior looks a tiny bit American Apparel-esque (it used to be one, after all), and the interior is stocked with nothing but investment basics by the likes of Wildfox Couture and James Perse, to name just a few. With a wide range of brands comes a wide range of price points — shirts start at $19 and go upwards of $110.
710 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

9. Oak

28 Bond St, New York, NY 10012
Thank goodness the celeb-loved indie brand didn't get killed by American Apparel, because then we'd be without its house line A.OK shirts that come in slouchy, classic, and cropped fits starting at $52.
28 Bond St
New York, NY 10012

10. American Apparel Factory Outlet

285 Lafayette St, New York, NY, 10012
Despite its recent controversy, American Apparel has always been a solid bet for basics. You can get pretty much any kind of tee that you're searching for without breaking the bank here — especially if you're shopping this factory outlet location.
285 Lafayette St, New York
NY, 10012