One of our most beloved of wardrobe essentials is the white T-shirt. Some are best styled with jeans, others with a skirt; some silhouette into the perfect crop, while others remain effortlessly oversized. But they all have one thing in common: The perfect white tee will make you feel like the chicest, most comfortable version of yourself. And no matter what your version of the “perfect white tee” happens to be, we have one better for you below.
Ahead, find the best of the best when it comes to our favorite wardrobe staples. We have something for every style, body shape, budget… the list goes on. From the white T-shirt we’re going for a midsummer jog in to the splurge-worthy logo tee to wear from early morning coffee to late night drinks, here are the best white tees for 2019.
Best sustainable: Girlfriend Collective The Perfect Crop ($28)
We love a brand with a sustainability mission but it’s even better when a product created with fair trade practices actually winds up being one of our favorite white tees, regardless of the feel-good factor. Beloved activewear brand Girlfriend Collective recently introduced the softest boxy white tee that is not only made of waste from the cotton industry, is biodegradable, and requires 682 fewer gallons of water in production than a traditional cotton tee, but also comes in sizes XXS to 6XL.
2. Best for working out: Outdoor Voices EcoMesh T-Shirt ($27).
If you’re heading out for a run but don’t want to leave your white tee style behind, look to Outdoor Voices for their EcoMesh T-Shirt. It might look like the same top you wore to brunch on Sunday, but it will wick away moisture on even the hottest of summer days.
3. Best logo: Victoria Victoria Beckham Style Icon T-Shirt ($110).
A splurge, to be sure, but who makes a catchphrase more stylish than Victoria Beckham? This slightly oversized tee will give off that casual vibe while simultaneously proving to be the perfect pairing for that mini skirt for a night out on the town.
4. Best under-$20: Everlane The Cotton Box-Cut Tee ($18).
If you’re looking to save your pennies but on the hunt for a new white T-shirt (or ten!) to replace some of your more battered and bruised styles from seasons past, consider Everlane’s mighty band of soft cotton tees. This year, our favorite is the boxy version of the brand’s growing family of options.
5. Best understated design: La Ligne Ringer Tee ($95).
Yes, a white tee is perfect all on its own, but when you’re seeking that little extra bit of design, consider a ringer style. La Ligne’s classic top is sporty and retro-inspired, while still maintaining the brand’s signature level of elegance to make sure you can wear this white tee whether you’re running errands or running out to a cocktail party
6. Best crop: AMO Babe Tee ($95).
We love a crop, but don’t want to look like we mistakenly grabbed our little sister’s tee when running out the door. AMO has knocked it out of the park with their cotton go-to that perfectly grazes the top of all of your high-waisted favorites.
7. Best scoop neck: AYR The Supercool ($65).
Scoop necks are a tough sell, especially when we’re constantly faced with ones that are too small (read: basically no different than a crew) or too large (requiring constant adjustment to not expose our underlying lingerie). This summer, try AYR’s take on the style, with a neckline that will make you never want to wear anything else again.
8. Best pocket: Levi’s Perfect Pocket Tee Shirt ($30).
Love a pocket style? Levi’s borrowed inspiration from some of their OG tees with this one. It boasts a pocket that’s Goldilocks sized: not too large and slouchy, but not awkwardly micro-mini either. In other words, it’s perfect.
9. Best linen-blend: J Brand Slub Tencel and Linen-Blend Jersey T-Shirt ($54)
Linen might be a hot summer day’s best friend, but they’re often prone to wrinkling, stretching, and are more sheer than many might like. J Brand has perfected the knit blend with a slouchy tee that will keep you cool even during the most brutal of heatwaves.
10. Best shrunken: Madewell Rivet & Thread Vintage Shrunken Tee ($50).
Seeking a white tee that’s shrunken, but not cropped? You know—one that doesn’t bunch or require constant adjustments? Try Madewell’s slightly off-white tee for a top that you’ll love for summers (and winters!) to come.
11. Best classic: Rag & Bone The Tee ($90).
If you’re looking for that throw-on-and-go classic, few do it quite like Rag & Bone. While it proves the perfect pairing to their endless array of denim styles, we love it just as much with a printed silk midi skirt and, well, everything else in your closet.
12. Best V-neck: Splendid Kate V-Neck ($48)
It’s hard to find a V-neck that’s works on any chest, but Splendid seems to have figured it out. The brand has gone above and beyond when it comes to their angular neckline, providing us with the utmost in V-neck quality by way of this killer white tee.
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