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What’s the Best White T-shirt for Women?

Best white t-shirts for women
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The more basic the item of clothing, the more work it has to do. This is especially true for white T-shirts, whose job is to fit perfectly, look effortless, and get better with age (until it gets those dreaded stains). Perhaps that explains the endless variations on “basic” white tees that are on the market at any given time, as both shoppers and designers continue to search for the perfect new one. A few years ago, we joined in on the hunt when we asked a bunch of stylish women to divulge their white-tee secrets. Many of their responses surprised us then (Gildan, Hanes, Fruit of the Loom), and now, as we’ve updated this list for the third time, their answers continue to introduce us to new tees — from V-necks to boy’s three-packs, supersoft and slinky to thick and boxy — we can’t wait to try.

Best V-neck white T-shirt

Current/Elliott The Perfect V Tee

“Post-baby, I’ve gravitated toward more loose-fitting and boxy T’s like Current/Elliott’s Perfect V — it’s a roomy V without being too low-cut (I hate when the V is not big enough), and it’s great to sort of casually tuck in just the front, and [it] has some light distress so it feels nice and worn-in.” —Kat De Angelis, PR executive and mom

Best white T-shirt for layering

Three Dots 100% Cotton Heritage Knit Short Sleeve Crew

“Normally I wouldn’t spend this much on a white T-shirt (and, tbh, I didn’t spend much on this one — I got it for free), especially a fitted tee, but this one is such a good layering piece. I’ve had mine for over five years and it’s in great shape, which is sort of stunning for a white cotton T-shirt.” —Lili Göksenin, style writer

Best stretchy white T-shirt

Madewell Baby Tee

“This is my all-time favorite T-shirt. It has an amazing stretch to it but its also a much thicker fabric than your average T. It just hugs your body really well so you can show off your curves and still be really comfy. I also love the cap sleeves with the crinkled edges, so cute!” —Sabrinna Fabi, design student

Best white T-shirt to wear with a necklace

Everlane Cotton V

“I like the Everlane V-neck because of the company’s transparency. It’s an ethical issue — I like to know where the clothing is made. And I like this specific shirt because I wear a lot of necklaces, so the depth of this V shows them.” —Elizabeth Rose, server at Cafe Gitane

Best thick-weave white T-shirt

Women U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt

“My forever issue with white tees is being able to see my bra through the shirt. The Uniqlo U tees are just thick enough that you can’t see your bra through the white material without being so thick that you feel like you’re wearing a weighted blanket. They also ride a line between the form-hugging women’s cut and a traditional tee cut, which makes them great tucked in or out.” —Meg Vasquez, creative director at Splice

Best deep-V white T-shirt

Truly Madly Deeply Deep-V Tee

“I have this in white and black, and to me, it is the perfect T. The V-neck is low enough to show off a cute bralette, but not too risqué. I love the rounded bottom, which is always super flattering, and it’s a relaxed fit without being slouchy. Heaven.” —Chelsea Lee, graphic designer and dancer

Best vintage-feeling white T-shirt

Jungmaven Paige V-neck Tee

“I don’t think there are many things more satisfying than putting on a perfect clean white T-shirt. Jungmaven makes hemp-cotton-blend T-shirts and the feeling of the fabric is SO GOOD. If you like the thicker vintage feeling of ’50s T-shirts, you will love these. They also make a 100 percent-hemp version that is so, so nice.” —Emma Allen, owner and founder of Everyday Oil

Short Sleeve V-neck Undershirts, Package of 3

“These are secretly my favorite shirts. I could only find things like this vintage, but then I found this holy grail of three packs at Vermont Country store and I order these in bulk now. The tank tops in the same style are also the best! These are cut to be undershirts so size up.” —Allen

Best boxy white T-shirt

RE/DONE 1950’s Boxy Crop Tee

“The T-shirts I like — and the ones I think generally do the best job — are a sort of baby-tee-crop-top-undershirt hybrid: small and boxy, crewnecked, lightly structured, and subtly cropped at the waist and the arms. This is the tee you imagine you could find at a vintage store for $15, but will not. You’ll never regret owning this, even though it may seem expensive. It’s absurd, you’ll probably say to yourself, to spend $70 on a simple tee. But hear me out: These T-shirts are the retail equivalent of no-makeup makeup. These are T-shirts that will pull together an entire outfit handily, no matter what you are wearing — they’ll elevate jeans and even out skirts and fancy pants. And most importantly, these are T-shirts you can wear almost every day — for days in a row, without anyone so much as noticing.” —Katy Schneider, associate editor

Best white T-shirt for taller women

Rag & Bone Base Tee

“I like the Rag & Bone Base Tee because of the fit and feel. I’m tall, so I like the T-shirt to hit below my waist. It also has a little sheer look — not solid white — so it makes it a bit dressier and more feminine.” —Lindsey Boyd, co-owner of the Laundress

Editor’s Note: This shirt is no longer available, a similar style Rag & Bone crewneck is available here.

Best oversize white T-shirt

Gildan Soft Style 64000

“My shirt is a Gildan Soft Style 64000. I play a lot of our shows in it because I always feel comfortable in it. And I love the feeling this shirt gets when you’ve worn it for a long time — loose but fitting, with a stretched-out collar. I cut a few inches off the bottom, so it barely meets the waist of my jeans.” —Jane Penny, singer, TOPS

“I think I have an entire drawer of white Gildan Soft Style 6400 T-shirts in size large. I tend to wear my T-shirts a bit longer so I can do a half-tuck with slimmer jeans, or an oversize look over a skirt or shorts, and these shirts allow me to do just that. I’ve also cropped a few in varying lengths as well, and the relaxed fit never ceases to be comfortable.” —Dani Roche, creative director, Biannual

Best cropped white T-shirt

Samuji Panda Top Ecru

“The Samuji Panda shirt has a flattering boat neck, it’s cropped just enough to look good untucked (without showing any midriff), and it has a perfectly loose and boxy fit.” —Angela Silva, owner and founder of Joinery

Best white T-shirt with a logo

Comme des Garçons Play White Small Heart Tee

“I love that the material on this is just a little bit thicker than on most tees. The sleeves on this are just right, too — not too long but not cap sleeves, either. And even though I have a long torso, I have a weirdly high waist, and somehow these hit at a sweet spot that really flatters me. I never wear it tucked or with a rolled sleeve because it’s the perfect length. Plus, the heart just gives it that little bit of ’tude.” —Jesse Lee, visual artist

Best white T-shirt to wear without a bra

Levi’s Perfect Pocket Tee

“I’ve lately started wearing this pocket tee, and absolutely love that it doesn’t have a soft preciousness. So many women’s shirts have that stretchiness about them, but this has the weight and structure of a men’s shirt. I like wearing it front-tucked with jeans and rolling up the sleeves. The best thing about it is the perfectly placed pocket over the left boob, which I think suits women who are smaller-busted. The shirt’s opaque, so I can skip a bra, too (I hate bras).” —Shannon Adducci, contributing editor, Billboard

Softest white T-shirt

Buck Mason Slub Tee
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Buck Mason Slub Tee

“I used to be a big James Perse wearer, but recently I fell in love with the T-shirt of a male friend of mine. I brushed up against him and felt this incredibly smooth texture, so of course I stole the shirt (which is too big for me in a way I like), and every time I wear it, it feels softer than silk.” —Deborah Castel, senior footwear designer, Opening Ceremony

Best white T-shirt for small-breasted women

Hanes 5-Pack Boys’ Crew T-Shirt

“For basic white tees, it’s Hanes or Fruit of the Loom white boy’s tees, washed like a million times. I like that they are 100 percent cotton and for smaller-busted ladies they have a great fit, in nicer, heavier-weight cotton. For white cotton tees, I don’t always want something that’s gonna show my bra.” —Lily Hetzler, prop and fashion stylist

Best mock-neck white T-shirt

Fruit of the Loom Boys’ Crewneck Tee

“The most crucial detail to my favorite white tee is a high and tight-ribbed crewneck. I’ve found the best ones to be assorted among the boys’ classics. I like an early-2000s Fruit of the Loom boys’ three-pack crew. The packaging must feature the classic dark-blue stripe and saturated fruits. Mock-neck look is guaranteed.” —Mellany Sanchez, stylist

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What’s the Best White T-shirt for Women?