There are plenty of things that you only need one of. Microwaves? Yes. Plain white T-shirts on the other hand, are something well worth buying in bulk. They're the foundation of any great wardrobe, and one of the few staples you can get away with wearing pretty much every day without catching some serious side-eye. So unless you're, like, very into doing laundry, you probably want to have several of 'em your drawer.
Below you'll find the results of our efforts, a comprehensive, no-BS breakdown of the absolute best plain white T-shirts for your buck. We're talking slim-fit tees, beefy tees, Platonic-ideal pocket tees, tees for working out, and even the tees we dig most for screenprinting, so you can you finally get that fledgling streetwear brand off the ground. Whatever your tee preference, we've got you.
The Bonobos tee felt of a higher quality than many T-shirts we tested, and on a par with the J.Crew, which costs about $10 more. The Bonobos has a close-knit cotton weave that is opaque and feels smooth against your skin, with solid stitching. After washing and drying it, the size M Bonobos shirt shrank 1½ inches total, the least of any white T-shirt we tested.
In addition to these white T-shirts, which we tested and dismissed, we dismissed more than 90 other T-shirt contenders without testing them for a variety of reasons, from their having an abundance of negative customer reviews to ugly logos to reports of severe shrinkage.
Old Navy Moisture-Wicking Crew-Neck T-Shirt ran too long, about 2 inches longer than any of the white T-shirts we recommend here. Although you could easily tuck it in, we prefer recommending something you can also wear untucked.
Once a Second World War uniform regulation, the white T-shirt has an illustrious history. Starting life as an undergarment way back in the medieval period before eventually becoming a part of the British naval uniform, it wasn't until the turn of the 20th-century that brands such as Fruit Of The Loom began manufacturing white T-shirts in bulk. Picked up later by the likes of Chanel in the 1920s, it soon became a fast-fashion staple. After all, what Chanel does, others will copy.
Unless you're shopping for a white T-shirt to work out or play sports in (in which case, a sweat-wicking polyester is probably best), you should ideally be looking for cotton, due to its light weight, breathability and ultra-durability. For extra softness and breathability, some brands have also delved into lyocell fabrics, which is especially popular for those more loungewear-centric styles.
White T-shirts can be particularly prone to stains, be it a clumsy spill or discolouration under the pits (our guide to the best men's deodorants should soak some of that up, though). The important thing to remember is to keep whites separate to colours in your washes and though hot is better, stick to what the label says to avoid shrinkage. A good whites detergent, such as that of The Laundress (£15.50 for a litre. At Selfridges. selfridges.com) will do its bit to keep your white T-shirts pristine.
Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman's brand, Applied Art Forms, places its emphasis on longevity, which when it comes to staples like the white T-shirt, is one of the most important factors to consider. Holding its shape and garment-dyed for superior softness, this T-shirt really does have a higher power. £95. At mrporter.com
Fruit of the Loom is as cheap and cheerful as white T-shirts get, but that's not to say it's without its share of hyped appeal, too. The brands basics have attracted collaborators from high places, including The Conveni and Fragment Design. Signified only by its fruit bowl label to the inner collar, at only £3.99, you'd do well to stock up. £3.99. At amazon.co.uk
Promising the perfect fit for your unique body type, Son Of A Tailor has engineered a quick and easy algorithm to generate your own custom size for everything from shirts to sweaters to plain old white tees. Once you've entered your details, every garment is made to order in Portugal and comes with a free remake guarantee if something's not quite to your liking. We say, lean into the smarter side of the service with its 3cm crew neckline that'll add a little extra flair to smart-casual dress codes. £55. sonofatailor.com
To help you through the process of finding the perfect white tee, we went ahead and gathered 21 of our favorite T-shirts for women that Glamour editors and reviewers reach for every day. From vintage-inspired picks that rival your treasured hand-me-downs to (not see-through) V-necks that only get better with each wash, these are the best white T-shirts available right now.
T-shirts are quintessential for any wardrobe. Whether you're searching for something stretchy and moisture-wicking to work out in, comfortable for lounging at home, or cheap to stock up on, you'll find plenty of options from nearly every clothing company. I've selected nine of the best T-shirts out of the many brands I've personally tested or bought over the years.
It's worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men's sizing, anyone can wear them. If you're unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand's size chart for more details. Men's T-shirts tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you're looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women's T-shirts.
The renowned Italian fashion label Fendi, founded in Rome nearly 100 years ago and best known for its leather handbags, remains continually creative yet consistently craftsmanship driven. While retaining old-world elegance, the fashion house playfully pushes boundaries with its menswear. The Multicolor Jersey T-shirt features the label's stylized cloud print on an oversized tee of white jersey that's made in Italy.
The Psychedelic Flower T-shirt is what happens when you pair the acclaimed French fashion house, Louis Vuitton, with its rich, nearly 170-year history, with the wild imaginings of the phenomenal Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. While Kusama is best known for using polka dots and bold colors, for this collaboration, the artist created a flower design in black and white that's graphically bold yet intricate and meshes nicely with the label's aesthetic.
Tom Patterson couldn't find an undershirt that wouldn't bunch up under his dress shirts, so he set out to create one. He and his wife Erin Fujimoto started Tommy John in 2008 with undershirts designed to stay in place and not be bulky or bunchy. And while the brand has since expanded into everything from underwear to loungewear, their undershirts remain a brand staple. The Second Skin Crewneck Underhsirt fits close to the body but isn't constricting, stays tucked into your pants, and lays flat against your skin for a neat and trim appearance under your dress shirts. Just because Tommy John designed it to be worn as an undershirt doesn't mean you can't wear it solo, especially if you want to show off those gains. Here's Insider Review's extensive look at the brand.
Incredibly versatile, the white t-shirt is a truly timeless design that is sure to become one of the hardest working items in your cupboard once you find the perfect fit. Ideal for any number of occasions, you can pair a simple white tee with everything from classic jeans to maxi skirts, and even wear one under an on-trend slip dress for an instantly chic look. A good white t-shirt really will last the test of time, and earn its place in your capsule wardrobe season after season, if you take good care of it.
When it comes to price, there are good options whatever your budget. It doesn't matter if you're splashing out or just stocking up on the bare necessities, we have an options for everyone in our edit of the ultimate white T-shirts for women.
With so much choice out there, we've narrowed things down and selected our top 10 white tees to see you through spring, summer and beyond. Scroll through to shop the best high street white T-shirts worth buying now from the likes of Marks & Spencers, Whistles, Boden, Arket and Cos...
How do you find the best white T-shirt? It might seem like a simple question, but tracking one down that checks all of the boxes, from fit to comfort, is quite a feat. After all, the more minimal a clothing item is, the more its flaws become glaringly clear. Nobody likes the feeling of slipping on a boxy, ill-fitted white tee that is as stiff as cardboard against our skin. Finally, however, the search is over.
The shirts: We decided to test the best white T-shirts for men and the best white T-shirts for women together. For consistency, we ordered all the shirts in a size Large. Between the two lists, we had a total of 18 shirts.
Wash testing: We always washed all 18 shirts together in one load, with two white towels added to the drum as ballast. We washed each load in a LG WT7300CW Top Load Washer on the delicate cycle, which used cold tap water. We used an exact measurement of 46ml of Persil liquid laundry detergent, the winner of our Best Laundry Detergent roundup, as the cleansing agent for each wash. When the wash was done, we dried the shirts in the delicate cycle using a Samsung DV431AEP/XAA Dryer. Each shirt was washed after it was worn, and every shirt went through a total of 15 wash and dry cycles.
Wear testing: We anonymized all of the shirts, to the best of our ability, by striking out the brand name with a Sharpie laundry marker and writing a number on the inside back neck of the shirt. We asked our Reviewed co-workers to wear a random shirt for a few hours around the office, and then answer a short survey ranking the shirt for comfort, style, and overall experience. A total of 12 Reviewed employees participated in the anonymous wear testing. This testing phase went on every work day for two weeks in mid-September.
Ever since James Dean skulked onscreen in a plain white T-shirt, blue jeans, and an attitude, T-shirts moved from military-grade undergarment to a Hollywood-approved wardrobe staple of the modern uniform. A perfect white cotton tee is likely the most popular piece of clothing in the average American closet, and, odds are, you might be wearing one right now. The curved hem tee, in particular, was a stand-out in 2020. 781b155fdc