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Basic Building: Long Sleeve White Tee

Basics are the foundation of our wardrobes. 

If you struggle with pulling looks together, you may want to see if you have all the basics you need because having the right ones will make getting dressed a breeze. Like today’s feature, the long sleeve white tee, they are not always exciting, but they are essential. 

After searching high and low for something to casually wear with jeans or serve as a layer under vests and sporty jackets, I realized that the options presented to women are ridiculous. 

Most of them are see-through, which makes the top pretty much pointless. It doesn’t matter the price point; in fact, I’ve noticed the more you spend, the more transparent the material. 

And speaking of price points, who in their right mind would hand over $100, $200, or close to $300 for a cotton top? If you think I’m kidding, this simple white boatneck is $278 and almost sold out

The Well Dressed Life has never been about pushing the most expensive or inexpensive items. It’s not a bargain blog or one that focuses exclusively on high-end brands. Instead, my mission is to provide the best possible recommendations, using the current, seasonal retail mix in stores. In my experience, this is how most women shop, with limited time and budgets. 

So guidance around where to spend and where to save can be helpful, especially when price points across all categories seem out of control. 

While I try not to speak in absolutes, I will here; there is absolutely no reason to spend on cotton layering pieces. 

Instead, stock up on a handful of simple basics, like this long sleeve thermal knit top from Old Navy available in regular, petite, and tall from a size XS – XXL for an astonishing $8. 


$8 Basic Building White Tee

Old Navy White Long Sleeve Tee


Long Sleeve Tee, $8.00

These are extra nice this time of year, especially in our current casual climate. Pair with cotton joggers, leggings, or your favorite comfy jeans.

To dress it up, add a denim jacket (with your joggers) or a vest and scarf (with your jeans.)

For $8, I was so impressed with the quality and details. These are thermals, so they have a classic waffle texture. It’s not too heavy, though, so you won’t feel like you are wearing thermal, cold weather underwear. Instead, it’s soft, comfortable, and not see-through.

Another lovely detail is the curved hem, which finishes it nicely, especially if you wear it tucked out with a layer on top.

If this is a hole in your wardrobe, pick up a few of these. Rotate wearing them to keep them white and crisp longer. 

Runs true to size but go up if in between sizes. 

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Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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Basic Building: Long Sleeve White Tee

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Thursday 22nd of October 2020

One of my big pet peeves with Lululemon, which I normally love, is that their white tops are always see through. One thing I have found about old navy is the hems sometime roll. For long sleeve basic t I am currently left bing the LL bean stream side T in long sleeves. Fits great, not see through, and has a thick lay flat hem. But only in colors. No white. I bough both olive snd red, but really wish there was white as a more flexible wardrobe piece. And black. I’d buy both.


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Argh! The white is sold out. Any other recommendations for a white long sleeve tshirt that isn't see through?

Megan Kristel

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Try this link here, it's showing all sizes availalbe.

Allison Huffstutler

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Posts like this are why I have been following you for years and keep coming back! Thank you for offering options for any budget!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you for following!

Lori Lee

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thanks for this awesome tip! I get so frustrated with the see through issues. I just placed my order for one of these and look forward to receiving it.

Megan Kristel

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thanks Lori! I hope it works for you!


Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Great info, Megan, on a clothing piece so simple, but can also be very tricky to find! On another note, I follow several fashion blogs, more for entertainment than anything else, and your posts undoubtedly show that a great deal of thought and research goes into each and every day. It’s annoying to me when a blogger throws 20 different jackets, (or other clothing) against the wall and hopes the reader latches onto something, and it’s obvious they have jumped on the fashion wagon as an afterthought. Thanks for what you do and assisting me in developing my retirement wardrobe!

Megan Kristel

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Wow, Carol, thank you - I really appreciate this.