A plain white t-shirt is arguably the most worn item in your wardrobe so it’s worth investing time in finding the perfect one.
As modern day consumers, we are all looking for ways to shop more sustainably, swapping out our guilty-pleasure fast fashion favourites for classic capsule wardrobes that will stand the test of time — and a white tee is a great place to start. Sort out your basics by investing in the staple that offers endless versatility.
The ultimate wardrobe must-have, there is nothing quite like a crisp, clean and fresh white tee to solve your fashion-related woes no matter the occasion or season. Black tie? Pair with a chic tuxedo. Casual? Nothing is easier than jeans and a nice top. Work? Smarten up the tee with cropped trousers and a blazer. Summer? Tuck into a silk slip skirt. Winter? Layer under your favourite knit. It is the definition of a reliable sartorial all-rounder.
Finding this everyday essential is no mean feat. Your enduring search for that piece that fits just right may have taken you down strange pathways - resembling a small boy over the carefully curated polished image that you imagined it would be.
It’s important to consider fabrication – cotton (sustainable or organic if possible) and opaque is always preferred – as well as the fit. Whether you prefer boxy, cropped, slim, relaxed or oversized, we have gathered a selection of fool-proof white t-shirts for you to add to your arsenal because let’s face it, you can never have too many.
Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeved T-shirt
It will come as no surprise to most that Uniqlo features on this list as the Japanese label really has mastered the art of essential clothing at purse-friendly prices. This crew neck tee has just the right thickness to take you from summer to winter with ease. It’s entirely opaque so you won’t have to worry about pairing it with the right kind of bra and feels like a quality, durable piece that won’t stretch out with wear. The silhouette is relaxed and the design points are extremely minimal to give it great versatility.
Beddable Bone Women’s T-Shirt
This sumptuously soft tee from the bedding specialists has a great fit and an even better skin-feel. It has been crafted from 95 per cent bamboo and is soft enough to take a starring role in your nightwear rotation as well as for when you’re out and about. It’s also anti-static, bacterial and extremely breathable, while remaining environmentally conscious. The bone hued t-shirt has a loose, slightly stretch fit.
Gap ForeverSoft Crewneck T-Shirt
For an easy tee to pair with just about any ensemble, Gap has got it spot on with the ForeverSoft Crewneck T-shirt. It is slightly see-through but not in a hugely noticeable way other than when paired with bras in dark shades. It has a great fit and sits at the perfect level of crop - not too long and not too short. The top comes in an array of essential colours and we’re taking one of each.
SKIMS Round-neck cotton-jersey T-shirt
While Kim Kardashian’s label SKIMS may be best known for its comfortable and inclusive underwear range, don’t count out the t-shirt offering. This round-neck bone hued top has a super soft cotton-jersey material. It’s made from 90 per cent cotton and 10 per cent elastane which gives it a slight elastication that makes it figure-hugging and form-fitting. This is a great option to wear underneath see-through items or to layer up. Opt for a larger size if you want it to have a more relaxed fit.
Topshop lettuce hem t-shirt in white
When it was announced that ASOS was taking over Topshop, we breathed a collective sigh of relief. The brand excelled in the basics - case in point, this great white tee. The lettuce hem top has been a favourite of ours for a while now for the subtle embellishment at the trim and sleeves. It has a slight cropped design that sits just above a classic pair of high-waisted jeans and a well-fitting shape.
The Organic Cotton Box-Cut Tee
Everlane knows a thing or two about nailing the essential fashion staples and this of course extends to white t-shirts. The Box-Cut tee has become iconic to those well-versed in great-fitting products. It’s slightly cropped but not short with a relaxed fit that extends to the arms. It’s made from a soft and breathable 100 per cent cotton construction using GOTS-certified fabrics so has a sustainable touch.
Alanis Regular T-shirt
For those who opt away from a cropped silhouette, Weekday has you covered with the Alanis shirt that has a slightly longer length but not noticeably so. The fit is oversized and the entirely cotton construction makes for a soft garment that will be the answer to many of your outfit woes.
H&M Silk-blend T-shirt
Putting a luxurious twist on a classic white t-shirt, H&M is offering this piece that has been constructed half from cotton and half from a sumptuous silk. As soft as it sounds, this tee is the perfect antidote to the lockdown sartorial blues as it feels as good as the loungewear and pyjamas you’ve been sporting since March 2020.
Cos Slim-Fit T-Shirt
Is there anything better than a crisp white t-shirt? We think not, especially with this option from Cos that will become the trusteed piece you keep returning to time and time again. It has a slim fit and is made entirely from cotton.
Arket Heavy-Weight T-Shirt
Whether you are pairing with jeans and boot heels for a casual everyday look or layering up when the winter weather comes, this is the versatile item your wardrobe needs. The piece has a regular fit that sits at the Goldilock level of not too slim and not too loose-fitting with a soft fabric that feels luxe.
Cos Cotton Jersey T-Shirt
Elevate your basics with this chic white tee from Cos that is crafted from pure cotton. It has a regular fit, round neck and short, but not too-short sleeves.
ASOS DESIGN ultimate organic cotton long sleeve crew neck t-shirt
Every wardrobe needs a go-to long sleeve t-shirt and this crew neck from ASOS is a layering essential particularly for the colder weather. It is made from organic cotton with a super soft touch.
Modern V-Neck T-Shirt
For that tee that fits just right, Gap is offering this V-neck, composed of super soft cotton that can be easily thrown on for any occasion.
Relaxed Fit T-Shirt
Whether you prefer your tees long, short or regular, this versatile option from M&S will tick the boxes. Available in sizes six to 24, the relaxed fit tee is composed of a recycled polyester.
Arket Crew-Neck T-shirt
One of the fashion set’s best kept secrets, this crew neck from Arket is composed of a super soft long staple cotton with a regular fit.