A great white t-shirt is one of those wardrobe essentials that every woman needs. But, the quality of white tees can vary widely. Below you’ll find some of the best white t-shirts that should last you for years to come.

Choose the right white tee and you’ll be able to wear with everything from a simple jeans and sneakers outfit to a more formal skirt and heels option.

How to choose the best white t-shirts?

While a white t-shirt can look fantastic with so many outfits, making it one of the hardest working items in your closet, I’m sure you’ve all had white tees in the past which are see-through once you put them on, or which shrink in the washing machine, meaning they soon become unwearable.

So, how do you make sure you are getting a quality white t-shirt when looking for that elusive perfect white tee?

Take notice of the washing instructions

Cathie wears a t-shirt with leopard print accessories | 40plusstyle.com

For instance, cotton is a great material to choose for your t-shirt, but cotton does usually shrink a little bit, so make sure you follow any instructions and wash on the setting it says!

Cathie (above) looks great in her white outfit, accessorized with leopard print.

Get her look with this similar shirt, jeans, sandals, belt and headband.

Choose a mixed material

Sara shows off a casual look | 40plusstyle.com

If you’re really worried about your new t-shirt shrinking in the wash, then look out for a material which doesn’t tend to shrink, such as spandex or polyester. While you probably won’t want an entirely man-made fabric, you could look for a blend.

Sara (above) opts for a stylish, casual look with her white tee and wide leg pants, adding a pop of orange with her shoes.

Check out this similar tee, pants and slides.

Look for a thicker material or tight weave

The best white t-shirts for women that don't shrink and aren't see through | 40plusstyle.com

There’s nothing wrong with a little sheerness from time-to-time. But, if you’re looking for an everyday t-shirt, you probably don’t want to be flashing your bra. When looking for the best white t-shirts, choose those which are more generous with the material used, or which have a tighter weave so they aren’t transparent.

Patricia (above) looks casual, but perfectly put together with her white t-shirt, jeans and neutral shoes and accessories.

Recreate her outfit with this similar tee, jeans, sneakers, belt, bag and necklace.

15 of the best white t-shirts to choose

So, which are some of the best brands and t-shirts to look out for this season? Below are some great choices, but I’d love to hear your own favorites too. You can let me know where you get your white t-shirts from in the comments at the bottom.

Lafayette 148 scoop neck tee

The scoop neck tee (below) from Lafayette is one of the pricier options in my list, but it’s also one of the longest lasting.

It’s made from cotton which has been mercerized to prevent shrinking, along with a bit of spandex for extra comfort and shape retention.

 Lafayette 148 New York scoop neck cotton tee | 40plusstyle.com

Lafayette 148 New York scoop neck cotton tee

The Tee from rag & bone

A classic crew neck with a cap sleeve, The Tee from rag & bone has a slight curve to the sides, meaning it’s not a boxy fit. It’s good quality and can be dressed up or down.

Best white t-shirts - rag & bone 'The Tee' | 40plusstyle.com

rag & bone ‘The Tee’


Halogen is one of Nordstrom‘s own brands, and is a great go-to when you’re looking for quality basics.

The Halogen short sleeve tee (below) is a good budget option and feels super soft because of the mix of soft cotton and modal.

Halogen short sleeve crewneck tee | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen short sleeve crewneck tee

Totême Espera

If you like to choose organic cotton, how about the Totéme Espera t-shirt (below)? This one has an oversized aesthetic which is very on-trend right now. You may like to keep the rest of your outfit slimline to create a nice balance.

Totême Espera organic cotton t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Totême Espera organic cotton t-shirt


Another of the Nordstrom Made brands, the cotton and modal t-shirt from BP (below) is very wallet-friendly, so you could opt for all five colors if you want to!

Best white t-shirts - BP. crewneck t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

BP. crewneck t-shirt


A relaxed fit crewneck, the Current/Elliot t-shirt (below) is ideal for wearing day-to-day.

Best white t-shirts - Current/Elliott relaxed crewneck tee | 40plusstyle.com

Current/Elliott relaxed crewneck tee

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher is renowned for creating timeless clothes that you can wear season after season, and the round neck t-shirt (below) is certainly no exception. It hangs well and looks casual, yet polished.

Best white t-shirts - Eileen Fisher short sleeve jersey tee | 40plusstyle.com

Eileen Fisher short sleeve jersey tee


Known for it’s basics and athleisure wear, Everlane is a good place to look for a plain, white t-shirt. Made with super-soft cotton, the scoop tee (below) is a great warm-weather option.

Best white t-shirts - Everlane 'The Air' scoop neck tee | 40plusstyle.com

Everlane ‘The Air’ scoop neck tee

Boden white tee

Boden is known for its bright colors and funky prints, but it also does good block-color basics like the white tee (below) which has a flattering neckline and short, cap sleeves.

Best white t-shirts - Boden 'The Cotton Tee' | 40plusstyle.com

Boden ‘The Cotton Tee’

Marks & Spencer

UK-founded Marks & Spencer has long been known as a go-to brand for basics (although it has become more fashion-forward in recent years).

The straight fit tee (below) is super affordable, and has been infused with StayNew technology which is designed to keep it looking brighter for longer.

Best white t-shirts - Marks & Spencer pure cotton straight fit t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Marks & Spencer pure cotton straight fit t-shirt


Another brand that is deservedly known for its timeless essentials, the GAP vintage wash t-shirt (below) is super soft, but this one is a bit thinner than the rest, so you may want to ensure you have a white bra or a camisole.

Best white t-shirts - GAP crewneck t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

GAP crewneck t-shirt


H&M tends to be known as a “youth brand,” but there are definitely plenty of options to flatter the 40+ woman. The sleeves on the round neck t-shirt (below) have a little roll on them to add interest and the neckline is wider than a typical crew neck.

Best white t-shirts - H&M round neck t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

H&M round neck t-shirt


If you really want to ensure that your t-shirt isn’t see-through, then opting for a tighter, heavier weave is key. Arket’s heavyweight t-shirt (below) has a smooth, luxurious feel to it.

Arket 'Heavy-Weight' t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Arket ‘Heavy-Weight’ t-shirt

Lands’ End

If you prefer a v-neck rather than a traditional crewneck when it comes to your t-shirt, how about the Lands’ End relaxed fit tee (below)? It has a relaxed fit and falls to mid hip length, so is also a good choice if you prefer a slightly longer length.

Lands' End relaxed v-neck t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Lands’ End relaxed v-neck t-shirt


Why buy one when you can get two? If you are looking at adding a couple of white t-shirts to your closet, or white and another color, Amazon’s essentials tee (below) comes in a pack of two.

Amazon Essentials classic-fit crewneck t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Amazon Essentials classic-fit crewneck t-shirt

What to wear with your white t-shirt

So, now that you’ve found that elusive perfect white tee – either from the list above, or perhaps you already have one in your closet – what should you wear with it?

Well, it would probably be easier to say what not to wear with it, as a white t-shirt really does go with everything.

Below are a few ideas for you.

With jeans and a blazer

Jankie wears her white tee with jeans and a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Janki (above) chooses a v-neck t-shirt and elevates her look by adding a polished blazer.

Check out this similar shirt, blazer, jeans, flats and belt.

Shirt with jeans and a blazer | 40plusstyle.com

NIC+ZOE jacketWit & Wisdom bootcut jeansSam Edelman pumpKate Spade New York leather toteEttika multistrand necklace

With shorts and sandals for summer

Chris wears her white tee with shorts and neutral accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Chris (above) opts for a white t-shirt with longer sleeves and keeps her outfit to soft whites and neutrals.

Recreate her outfit with this similar t-shirt, shorts, slides, crossbody bag, cap, necklace and sunglasses.

Shirt with shorts and sandals for | 40plusstyle.comsummer

Wit & Wisdom twill shortsTOMS flat sandalSole Society satchelThe Marc Jacobs sunglasses

To wear with a more formal skirt

Jill wears her white tee with a maxi skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Jill (above) shows that a white t-shirt can be perfect for adding casual flair to a skirt.

Check out this printed skirt that you can wear with this similar shirt, sneakers and sunglasses.

Shirt to wear with a more formal skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Topshop metallic pleated skirtTrotters pumpNina crystal frame clutchBocar multi layer necklace

Under a slip dress or jumpsuit

Dahlia wears her white t-shirt under a slipdress | 40plusstyle.com

Dahlia (above) wears her t-shirt under a 90s style slip dress. If you do have a spaghetti strap dress or jumpsuit you have stopped wearing because you prefer to cover your arms, this could be a great option to try.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, slip dress, sandals and hoop earrings.

Shirt under a slip dress or jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell denim jacketTopshop cowl back satin slipdressConverse platform sneakerGanni leather camera crossbody bagSet & Stone hoop earrings

More white t-shirt inspiration for you

Monika wearing a white t-shirt, shorts and blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Monika (above) adds a blazer to her casual white t-shirt and shorts outfit.

Check out this similar tee, tweed jacket, shorts and sneakers.

Ashley wears a classic outfit combination featuring a white tee | 40plusstyle.com

Ashley (above) opts for a classic outfit featuring jeans, a white t-shirt and loafer-style mules. She adds a stylish “unfinished” touch with the hemline of her jeans.

Get her look with this similar tee, blazer, jeans, mules and necklace.

Petra wears her white tee in a glamorous way | 40plusstyle.com

Petra (above) opts for a glamorous look featuring her white t-shirt and a multi-colored maxi skirt.

Steal her look with this similar shirt, blazer, skirt, sandals, handbag and sunglasses.

Larisa opts for a subtle, all-neutral outfit with her white t-shirt | 40plusstyle.com

Larisa (above) keeps her outfit neutral and stylish with a white t-shirt and tan accessories.

Check out this similar t-shirt, cardigan, pants, sandals, bag, belt, necklace and sunglasses.

Natalie wearing a logo white tee | 40plusstyle.com

Natalie chooses to add a little messaging to her t-shirt and pairs it with a stylish fedora and midi skirt.

Recreate her outfit with this similar tee, skirt, sneakers, tote, hat, necklace and sunglasses.

What are the best white t-shirts you’ve ever found? How do you wear your white tee?

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