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
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.
Choose a mixed material
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.
Look for a thicker material or tight weave
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.
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
It’s made from cotton which has been mercerized to prevent shrinking, along with a bit of spandex for extra comfort and shape retention.
The Tee from rag & bone
The Halogen short sleeve tee (below) is a good budget option and feels super soft because of the mix of soft cotton and modal.
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.
A relaxed fit crewneck, the Current/Elliot t-shirt (below) is ideal for wearing day-to-day.
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.
Boden white 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Janki (above) chooses a v-neck t-shirt and elevates her look by adding a polished blazer.
With shorts and sandals for summer
Chris (above) opts for a white t-shirt with longer sleeves and keeps her outfit to soft whites and neutrals.
To wear with a more formal skirt
Jill (above) shows that a white t-shirt can be perfect for adding casual flair to a skirt.
Under a slip dress or jumpsuit
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.
More white t-shirt inspiration for you
Monika (above) adds a blazer to her casual white t-shirt and shorts outfit.
Larisa (above) keeps her outfit neutral and stylish with a white t-shirt and tan accessories.
Natalie chooses to add a little messaging to her t-shirt and pairs it with a stylish fedora and midi skirt.
What are the best white t-shirts you’ve ever found? How do you wear your white tee?
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Feature image by Patricia
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