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You might think the humble white T-shirt is a simple purchase. You’d be wrong . From smart, fitted numbers to the perfect hanging-out shirt, which women’s tee is best?

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Escada, $250
Even the most seamless bra can be seen beneath this extremely fitted, thin cotton Lurex blend. Best worn under a blazer (715 Fifth Ave., at 56th St.; 212-755-2200).








Kiton, $192
The narrow neck makes this cotton Lycra blend from Naples hard to put on and uncomfortable to wear. Sleeve elastic cuts into skin, too (4 E. 54th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-813-0272).








DeSanto, $95
Boxy and extremely unflattering, this 100 percent cotton tee is very thin and feels cardboard stiff, as if it’s been air-dried. At Takashimaya New York (693 Fifth Ave., nr. 54th St.; 212-350-0100).








Hanro, $67
Soft and not too starchy, from the ultimate luxe tee brand. A touch of Lycra adds stretch and fits the body just tight enough to flatter. At Town Shop (2273 Broadway, nr. 82nd St.; 212-724-8160).








Lilla P., $40
Made from good thick fabric that won’t pill over time. But slits at the bottom make it flare out, and it’s a little short to wear with low-risers. At Darryl’s (492 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 83rd St.; 212-874-6677).








Grassroots, $35
Slightly too sheer for comfort, but overall a good buy—it’s soft and it’s the ideal length for low-slung jeans. At Miriam (146 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; 718-834-9062).








James Perse, $35
This cotton tee is extremely soft and flattering to most body types, and, true to Perse’s reputation, it’s very good for layering. At G.C. William (1137 Madison Ave., nr. 85th St.; 212-396-3400).








A|X Armani Exchange, $22
The perfect hanging-out shirt. It fits the body without being too clingy, it’s thin but not too sheer, and it’s long enough to cover your belly when you reach up (568 Broadway, at Prince St.; 212-431-6000).








Hanes, $7.99 for a pack of two
Feels as good as the Lilla P., but looks much cheaper and will probably pill after a few washes. A bit too roomy for a polished look. At Kmart (250 W. 34th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-760-1188).








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