I always appreciate wardrobe pieces that stand the test of time. But now more than ever I’m sure we’re all looking to save money on our clothing budget and there’s no better way to do that than by building our wardrobes around quality basics. And you can’t get more basic than a solid white t-shirt but not all white t-shirts are created equal. So, today I’m sharing a few of my favorites white t-shirts, one as low as $8, along with a few honorable mentions that check off all the boxes.
The Best of the Basic White T-Shirts
I would say that over 80% of my daily outfits include a white v-neck t-shirt. Well, there’s no basis for that stat, but I love me a white tee followed closely by a striped t-shirt. But for today let’s stick with the best of the basics.
A white tee shirt and jeans will create a limitless base for outfit creation with the addition of cardigans, moto jackets, denim jackets, kimonos, vests, button up over-shirts, blazers… The fitted white t-shirt with high paper-bag waisted pants is simple but oh, so, chic. Of course skirts, joggers, leggings and a long cardigan. See? White t-shirts are workhorses in our wardrobes!
I favor a v-neck white t-shirt as they are more flattering to me. However, they can’t be too wide or too deep to keep that flattering line and remain modest. Each v-neck tee I’ve chosen has a slightly different cut, but each fits my bill.
A crewneck white t-shirt is a definite staple to have in your arsenal even if, like me, you favor v-necks. They come in handy under certain sweaters and sweatshirts and can be totally cute layered under jumpers and tank tops to add a bit of modesty.
It seems t-shirts are getting thinner and thinner and often they are so thin they require a tank top under them to make them more opaque. This menopausal girl runs too hot to be layering up that much, especially in warm weather so while some of my recommendations are thin, they are opaque enough for me to get away without layering a tank underneath.
I usually buy my favorite v-neck white t-shirts in two sizes. One in a more fitted size, which works better under cardigans or jackets and with a more voluminous bottom. (I don’t mean tight, just a more body-skimming size.) And then I get a second in the next size up so I have a looser option to wear on its own. That’s just my comfort zone.
If you know me at all, you know comfort is non-negotiable and for me, cotton is to comfort what carbs are to comfort food for a couple of reasons. One, it breathes and I find it cooler. And two it’s less likely to cling on those areas that I’d prefer to remain hidden; back-fat and love-handles, I’m talkin’ to you. 😉
If one of my favorite white t-shirts doesn’t have cotton in it, be assured it feels super soft but still doesn’t act as x-ray machine for our cellulite we can’t even see with our naked eye. You know that fabric, right?
With all that being said, here are my three favorite white t-shirts.
There’s something about a “slub” fabric that gets me every time and this one is so good. It’s 60% cotton but feels so silky. The XL fits fairly close to my body without clinging and because this is new to me this year, I’m still waiting on the XXL to arrive for a more flowy fit. Because of the silky feeling fabric, I believe this one will be great for a dressier look. I loved this one so much not only did I order it in one of the bright colors, I ordered it in the crew-neck.
The Banana Republic crew-neck slub cotton-modal t-shirt has the same great feel as the v-neck white t-shirt, but the crew neckline neither too high or too low and it has a substantial neck-band. I think it will hold up really well.
This Madewell white t-shirt is on the thinner side, but I find that if my bra is flesh color, I can get away without another layer underneath. I have purchased this one in multiple colors and again in the XL and XXL. The sleeveless version made an appearance in this post and of course, it’s a stripe. 😉
The Universal Thread white t-shirt from Target is probably the winner if you count opacity, a narrow v-neck that isn’t too low and comes in at $8! Yep, EIGHT BUCKS. It the most opaque of my top three white t-shirts and while I wouldn’t consider it “flowing fabric”, it’s not overly stiff. I have it in the XXL.
This SUPIMA Cotton V-Neck T-shirt from Banana Republic is also a go-to for me. The v-neck is the highest of those in this list and the sleeve length is good but I find it a little “stiff” leading to a bit of bunching when worn under certain cardigans and jackets.
I have this Lou & Grey t-shirt in black and I love its softness and the length of the sleeve and the v-neck. However, I can’t speak to the opacity of the white color and I’m currently waiting on a sale to check it out.
Chicos cotton-blend slub t-shirts make the honorable mention list because once again, SLUB! And they have a moderate v-neck. They are a little long and pricey for my taste but I have the v-neck tank version and I love that I can generally wear a regular bra with it.
Do You Love a White T-Shirt as Much as I Do?
I’m always on the hunt for new ones as I find a white t-shirt only lasts me a season or two before they are too yellowed under the arms or have a stain on them. Plus, you never know when one of your favorites will be discontinued; it happens ALL THE TIME with my favorite underwear. It’s for that reason I don’t like to spend a fortune on a simple white t-shirt but I want the best quality I can find.
If you’re as obsessed with white t-shirts as I am, what are some of your favorites? And are you a v-neck, crew-neck or scoop-neck kind of girl? Inquiring minds what to know. 😉
If you’re looking for inspiration to cut your spending on clothing, check out What I Learned from No-Buy July.