*This article has been updated in September, 2020. While reviewing our choices, I found that these companies have added masks to their product line. Everlane, Alternative, GAP, Athleta, Lands End, Nordstrom, tasc has a gator.
The perfect white t-shirt is a challenge to find.
A good white t-shirt is a staple of my wardrobe, year-round. This summer I realized many of my white tees were yellowed or no longer fit well, so I went on a hunt for replacements. I was looking for a classic t-shirt – crew neck and short sleeves, and I found many choices. A very light tee can be worn under a jacket or sweater. A thicker tee must stand on it’s own, fit well and not be see-through. Then there is the athletic white tee that can be worn with shorts or over a bathing suit. This is by way of saying that girls and guys need more than one!
Tasc t- shirts is a family company with the mission of providing clothing made from environmentally friendly fabrics. Their t-shirt fabric is 52% organic cotton and 43% bamboo viscose. The company makes all types of performance clothing, but my husband loves the t-shirts. They make both men’s and women’s t-shirts. This women’s tee is a lighter weight but is not see-through or too clingy. It can do double duty as one worn under a jacket, sweater or tunic top, or it can stand on its own. The size charts are helpful and the t-shirts come in fitted or relaxed. UPF 50+, $38.00.
This Supima cotton t-shirt from Uniqlo is 14.90. It comes in five colors. It feels smooth and soft, has a crew neck, a slightly looser fit in the bust and sleeves and a shorter hem. The same t-shirt is also available for men.
Wilt was founded with the goal of making beautiful and uncomplicated t-shirts for women. For those who prefer a loose fit, this short sleeve Baby Tee by Wilt looks great. The material is their “signature slub fabric”. $86.00
Rag and Bone’s classic woman’s crewneck t-shirt, called The Slub Tee, has a center back stitch seam, a twisted vintage neckline and a slim fit. It is made from 100% Pima cotton. $90.00.
Rag & Bone also make white t-shirts for men.
Everlane makes white t-shirts for both men and women. For women, they have several styles – cropped, box cut, and the cotton crew neck that comes in nine solid colors. This t-shirt is 100% lightweight Supima cotton and has a slim fit. It can be machine washed and tumbled dry. I have bought Everlane products and they are always well made. $18.00. The men’s tees include a combed cotton tee that is highly rated.
Last summer, The Strategist in New York Magazine listed the Gilden Women’s SoftStyle T-Shirt as one of its top ten, and it retails for under $5.80. It also comes in 36 colors! It is made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and is a crew neck. It runs small so size up.
Alternative Apparel makes both men’s and women’s t-shirts. This women’s Her Go To T-Shirt. It is soft fabric that drapes nicely and has contrasting detail at the hemline. It comes in seven colors. $24.00. (2 for $35)
H & M has a basic white tee. It is a crew neck in soft cotton. It also comes in grey and blue. A three-pack is $17.99.
When all else fails, I default to a Gap Modern Crew Tee. It is always reliable, the right weight and the length is just below the hip. It is made from Supima cotton and is machine washable. $19.95. Gap also has many men’s tees.
Lands End makes a quality classic t-shirt that comes in 8 colors. It’s 100% “cling free” cotton, with a little bit of tailoring. Moderately priced at $19.00, Lands End regularly has promo codes of 40%.
Note – If you prefer your t-shirts on the long side, consider buying a men’s t-shirt in a smaller size.