The first of many devil-housing details our testers loved about this shirt was the rounded hem. While the shirt is a wee bit on the longer side, the hem is curved, much like your favorite button-down shirt. A small detail, perhaps, but a hem that curves downward has its benefits, mainly that it draws the eye vertically and elongates the leg line by exposing more hip on both sides. Still, we know a curved hem isn’t to everyone’s taste — one tester even wondered if the hem was “too hip” for him — so it’s important to note that Buck Mason also offers its tees with a classic straight white hem. We tried both, but went with the curved variation because it’s just something you don’t see every day.
When it comes to comfort, Buck Mason’s tee got high marks for “everything fitting a better than your average T-shirt,” as one tester noted. The shirt is cut from 100% pima cotton, which means it’s got the whole lightweight and soft thing going on. It’s also cut slim, but with enough weight so it won’t cling, which will leave folks wondering if you’re hiding a set of washboard abs underneath it all (they’ll never know!). Meanwhile, the arm holes sit higher for a more tailored silhouette, and the sleeves fit a little tighter and fall higher on the arms. In hindsight, Buck Mason basically solves all the problems that we came across when testing the budget range.
Our only rub? The neckline, which got its fair share of wrinkles after a few washes. It doesn’t have a noticeable rib line, which actually works with the shirt’s overall clean aesthetic, but that means you’ll have to smooth it out every once in a while if you’re trying to keep up appearances. That said, the shirt is preshrunk, so you won’t have to worry too much about shrinkage (we said it before, and we’ll say it again: line-dry, people!).