Back to Basics: The Best White Tee Shirts for Women

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Today, we’re talking about the best white tee shirts for women.

A white tee shirt is the most versatile piece of clothing in your wardrobe. Especially in this time of dressing casually while staying in or close to home, having a few fresh white tees to throw on can make getting dressed a whole lot easier.

When your personal style leans classic, you need to strike an important balance. The basic items that compose the foundation of your outfits need to do a lot of work. Choosing just the right piece will make or break your look.

So they should be better quality, fit well, hang nicely, and maintain their integrity wash after wash.

In many cases, I say spend a little more on these items. Buy the best you can afford.

But here’s the thing, prices in recent years have gone off the deep end.

I’m at the point in my life, and maybe you are too, where I feel like money is literally growing wings and flying out my front door.

Between mortgages, home repairs, groceries, tuition, childcare, oh, and saving for retirement, there’s not a lot left over.

So a simple white tee shirt costing $100 or $200 is downright offensive. It’s also insane because all of the expensive tee shirt brands I have tried over the years are 100% sheer. 

The bottom line? When it comes to white tee shirts, there is little correlation between price and quality. The higher the price point does not mean the better the quality. In fact, iI find t’s quiet the opposite. 

Today, I rounded up my recommendations for the best white tees for women.

Qualifications for a top spot are affordability (these are all under $20), quality, durability, and of course, none of these are see-through.

And stay tuned, because in August I’m taking many of the items I featured in June and July and showing them to you in real life pictures, to wear now and later in the early Fall. 

The Best White Tee Shirts

The Best White Tee Shirts that Won't Break the Bank

Before we get into our list, a quick note. Your bra plays a vital role in the overall sheerness of a white tee. You want to wear a nude-to-you tee shirt bra so that you won’t see an outline through the tee. This is important, no matter how opaque the tee.

Also, because shopping online is truly the future of retail, follow a few steps before ordering. 

  1. Know your measurements and compare them to the size scale the retailer provides. 
  2. Read the reviews and pay attention to feedback around quality and how it fits. 
  3. Be sure to read the return policy. Many retailers are getting better with this, knowing they have to compete with Amazon on returns. If you are in between sizes, order both and return what doesn’t work. 

The Best Tee Shirts Totally Not See-Through

Lands’ End

Lands's End White tshirt

Lands’ End, $18

It makes sense that Lands’ End would make one of the best white tees. Their focus on quality and practicality is at the heart of their brand. I like this option because it has a bit of shape, but doesn’t cling, a nice sized sleeve (I hate when the cling to your arm) and a length that let’s you half tuck, full tuck or leave out. They also wash and wear well. 

Available in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. 

Read online reviews here. 

LL Bean

LL Bean White Tee ShirtLL Bean, $23

Similar to Land’s End, LL Bean shares their approach to quality. If you prefer a crewneck, this soft pima cotton has a lovely feel, is slightly fitted, and hits right at the hip. 

Available in regular, petite, and plus

Read online reviews here. 

Madewell

Madewell White Tee Shirt

Madewell, $16

This Madewell tee has a vintage, relaxed, pre-washed feel.  The sleeves are shorter than the Lands’ End and LL Bean options. It will give you a more casual look and pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts. 

Available in all sizes including a 3X.

Read its almost all five star reviews here. 

Universal Thread

Target Universal Thread White Tshirt

Universal Thread, $8

You simply cannot beat the price of the v-neck tee from Target’s in house brand. But here’s the thing, don’t order it online. There is too much variation in their sizing to make the potential for having to ship back and forth worth.

So next time you’re at Target, roll your cart over to the Universal Thread area, and take a look yourself. I bought mine in a large to account for shrinking and I’m very please with it, especially  since it’s under $10. 

Available in XXS- XXL here, also in plus size. 

Uniqlo

Uniqlo White Tshirt

Uniqlo, $15

Over the years readers and members in our Facebook private group have raved about the basics you can find at Uniqlo. So, of course, I gave them a try. This crew neck white tee shirt, is $15 and is really great. It’s feel super soft, hangs away from the body without being boxy, and washes well. 

Available in XXS – XXL.

It gets tons of 5 star reviews too, which you can read here

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A Go-To Dress For Transitioning Back to the Office

It’s fair to say that our professional lives are going to look weird for the rest of 2020.

While some parts of the country are pulling back their reopening plans, many are slowly turning the lights on. In my hometown of Philadelphia, people are commuting and back in the office, even if it’s just part-time.

But the city is hot (so hot), with temperatures in the mid 90s, and, most dress codes are toned down versions of what they were pre shut down. 

Which leads to the question, after months of working at the kitchen table, what’s an easy outfit option that is comfortable, cool, an a little more professional than yoga pants? 

A dress, obviously! 

And not just any dress, but this Lola jersey dress from Boden, available in an array of colors and prints, in regular, petite and long, ranging in sizes 2 – 22. 

Basics Building: Go-To Dress for Work 

Navy Dress by Boden

Dress, $85 

I’m thinking specifically for readers who are either walking or taking mass transit into a hot city. Maybe you’re in an office with a skeleton crew or a municipal or government building coming back online.

You want to look polished, but not overdone, comfort is key, but feeling dressed up is a welcomed change.

This dress requires nothing else. Simply throw it on and go. 

A Better Basic for Under $100

 

This dress is everything Boden does well, and has almost all five star reviews from customers.  

The fit is lovely; it’s not too long or too short and the cut is ideal. A v-neck is universally flattering, and the waistband will help pull you in, creating a slimming shape. 

While I’m not personally a fan of their prints, picking it up in either black or navy means you  have an incredibly wearable dress (with pockets!) for under $100.

How would I wear this?

Assuming I was commuting (or just didn’t want to fuss with heels) you can easily wear this with flats. I would wear these Allbirds Tree Breezers in Navy for both comfort and style.  They are similar to Rothy’s  in that they are eco-friendly, washable and breathable, so your feet won’t sweat in the summer heat. 

Finally, use what you have in your closet! I would carry this bag from Target that we featured last month and keep accessories simple with these studs from QVC (another reader favorite).

 

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Basics Building: White Jeans

Basics Building: White Jeans

If you could only buy one item to update you summer wardrobe,  I would tell you to pick  up a pair of white jeans. I wear mine all the time. You can pair them with just about anything, and instantly create a crisp, summer look that is always classic and always appropriate. 

Today, I’m continuing our Basics Building Series, with great fitting white jeans in straight or skinny legs in all sizes. 

Basics Building: White Jeans

Basics Building: White Jeans

My favorite white jeans, not only for me but for clients, are by NYDJ. Their fit is on point, they are comfortable, NOT see-through, and reasonably priced.

Let’s talk about price for a minute. White jeans range in price from $25 for Old Navy, to multiple hundreds of dollars.

I see no reason to spend an exorbitant amount here, but you might want to spend a bit more to get a quality pair.

NYDJ averages $119.  You can find them on sale throughout the season so keep an eye out. 

In terms of styling, straight or skinny leg is the way to go. Skip trouser or boot cut because they end up looking sloppy, and the whole point fo white jeans is to create a clean and tailored look.

The most important sizing note, specifically for NYDJ is to SIZE DOWN. These run full and stretch out.

Straight Leg

 

Basics Building: White Jeans

Straight Leg: Petite and Regular, On Sale for $83 and Plus, $109

A straight leg white jean is a nice alternative to a skinny while still creating a long, lean line of the leg. You want these to hit around your ankle, either just at or slightly below. This way, you’ll be able wear them with a low heel or flats. 

These are available in petite and regular from a 00P to a 16 here and plus size here up to a 26W.

Skinny Leg

Basics Building: White JeansSkinny: Petite and Regular, $119 and Plus, $99

Then there is the skinny. Remember that while you’ll feel these on your body, they are not the same thing as a legging. If they are too tight, especially in white, you’ll be showing off everything. You still need to size down in these, they run a full size big. 

Here, I’m featuring the petite and regular also in 00P – 16. There are two plus options to highlight. The first is the denim plus option here, and above is a stretch cotton pull on pant that is a nice alternative to denim. 


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Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

We are continuing our basics building series, where I highlight one key piece from our Classic Wardrobe Checklist. Today, I’m featuring the striped top, in advance of its upcoming Wear it Three Way post.

I remember being a kid, seeing pictures of Jackie Kennedy wearing a slim pair of pants and a perfectly fitted striped top, and being instantly drawn in. How could one person be so incredibly chic? 

Since then, she and other icons (like the forever beautiful Carolina Herrera) have been my style guideposts. Their perfectly pulled together, well-edited, subtle, and approachable style has been my style goal and the basis of my entire business.

Perhaps, one of the core pieces of any style is the striped top. It’s undoubtedly the holy grail of classic American style and is foundational if you love French girl style. But no matter where you land stylistically, a striped top will serve you well hanging in your closet.

The Classic Striped Top 

 

Clockwise from Left: One, $24  |  Two, $25  |  Three, $38  |  Four, $30 

For today’s post, I rounded up a few options, to  cover as many sizes as possible. 

First, this one from Old Navy. it comes in missy, petite and tall, up to a size XXL. Right now, with all of the extra at check out discounts it’s about $17. It’s a relaxed fit, with three quarter sleeves and in comfortable boatneck style. 

Next up, this crew neck, long sleeve top from Everlane. It’s as basic and classic as it gets, with a reasonable price tag. If you’ve been curious about Everlane, their better basics are a good place to start. I find they run slightly small, so if you are in-between sizes, go up one. I’m a big fan of them as a brand; my one call out is that their sizes are still limited and could benefit from a more inclusive range.

Boden is another retailer that really nails the striped top. Generally speaking, they are even too preppy for me, but their basics are well made and they have an inclusive size range up to a 20/22. 

I LOVE this option, with a split top neck (similar to a boatneck) and slim body. This is more fitted and longer so if you are tall (like me) it’s a nice option. 

Finally, I included this square neck option from Gap since a boatneck, or crew neckline isn’t flattering on everyone. If you have a fuller bust, and want to try out the look, this might be a good alternative. 


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A Perfectly Polished Fleece for Work From Home Days

I’ve been home-based for most of my career. As a working mom, I can tell you that, even though it comes with its own unique set of challenges, I would pick working from home over going into an office any day. 

Hopefully, as we return to normal, more companies will be generous with their work from home opportunities. Countless studies show that a flexible work environment helps attract and retain female workers, and more women in the workforce, particularly in leadership positions, are better for everyone and everything. 

So today, I want to share one piece of advice, especially if you’ve recently been thrown into a virtual work environment, that has helped me succeed in my roles at work and home over the years and that is: ignore the idea that you have to have set work hours. 

I know that goes against everything you hear and read online. But the truth is if you work from home, have kids underfoot, are managing a home, busy family life, and the new challenge of homeschooling, there is no way possible you can also work a strict 9 – 5. 

So don’t even try. 

Routine Instead of a Schedule 

Instead, find a routine that works for your internal clock and your family’s schedule while still allowing you to be mindful of your work responsibilities, knowing that every day will look a little different. 

Over the last few months, my best, most productive days are the ones where we follow a loose and unconventional schedule. 

We have two-morning routines, one for me and Bri before the kids get up, and one to get the kids moving and set up for school. 

Bri and I tag team during the day, focusing on who has the most pressing deadline. That might mean I cover the kids when he has a call, or he jumps in when I need to meet a deadline. 

One of us stops work around 5 to start dinner (or these days order something) while the other wraps up a call or project, we try to take a walk as a family, and spend time with the kids. 

Then, we have two nighttime routines. One that gets the kids either to bed or settled for the night, so we can get in a few more hours of work, and then we have a simple routine to end our night later on. 

Instead of trying to replicate your usual office hours, consider an alternative schedule that will allow you the flexibility you need right now to wear all the hats. 

And of course, try to get dressed for the day. 

It makes all the difference in your mood and outlook. 

I featured this pale pink fleece over on Instagram a few weeks ago, and I’ve received so many messages from followers that they ordered it and LOVE it – I wanted to share it here too. 

It comes in four colors: black, light grey, oatmeal and pink, up to a 3X! 

Perfectly Polished Work From Home Fleece


Charles River Tunic Pullover

I make no exaggeration when I say I wear this several times a week. It’s the ideal weight for this time of year, when the mornings have a little chill in the air. I wear it with leggings for walks, or comfy jeans and sneakers. The quality is surprisingly fantastic. 

What makes this a real winner, though, is the length. So often, these kind of pieces feel just a little short in the body and then shrink over time. Because this is cut like a tunic, it covers your bottom!

You can see it in my below. 

I ordered the large (because it’s from Amazon and I always size up), but I could easily have worn the medium. I’ve washed it several times already and it hasn’t shrunk at all. 

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Basics Building: The Perfect Cashmere Sweater

Everlane Cashmere Sweater

Today, we continue our series, Basics Building. We’re using some of the time we have staying safe at home to walk through our Wardrobe Checklist. In each post I’ll offer my pick for one of those must-have items. 

I’m prioritizing the order of these posts based on the season, inventory, and need. As usual, all of my recommendations are based off my personal experience. I don’t work or represent any of these brands.

Think of it like this, if you were one of my personal shopping clients, these are the pieces I would have put in your dressing room. Fun, right?

As we work through the checklist you’ll start to build a modern, yet timeless wardrobe. 

For this post, I highlighting, perhaps, one of my favorite sweaters of all time, the Everlane cashmere crew.

It’s fabulous.

Everlane Cashmere Crew

Everlane Cashmere Sweater

Sweater, $100  

Cashmere is one of the best kinds of little luxuries, isn’t it? 

You can wear a simple cashmere sweater with your best pair of black pants to the office, and with cut off shorts at the beach. It’s the epitome of my own personal style: classic, relaxed, and subtly refined. 

But, as with everything, prices can be all over the place. So let me break this down: you don’t have to spend a small fortune to get high quality. Just in organizing this post, I found several cashmere options over $400.

That is stupid. 

In all categories of clothing you reach a point where price has nothing to do with quality. Over the years brands and retailers have been living on another plant when it comes to what they are trying to charge women, especially for basics.

And don’t get me started on how their prices sky rocketed as their level of service sunk into the gutter. 

Perhaps, I’m getting old and more conservative with my money (these are both true). I am, however, very willing to pay for things that will last, and even happier to pay for service and ease of transaction. 

Everlane checks all those boxes. What I like the most about them, aside from their clean and modern design, is their prices are what they should be.

As a company, they focus on ethical manufacturing and transparent pricing. 

High Quality, Fair Price

Everlane Cashmere Sweater

Sweater, $100  Available in 15 colors, in sizes XXS – XXL

The fact that this sweater is $100 is incredible. The cashmere is what is called “certified grade A” which is the highest quality you can get. It’s often touted as the reason for the high retail costs for other brands.

And, they source (ethically) from Mongolia, which, again, is the premier location that tends to drive up the base costs. 

So what does this mean? Basically, you’re getting all the high designer talking points at a fair price. 

Size-wise, I find Everlane, in general, runs true, and sometimes a little small. Be sure to check your measurements against their size guide.

This specific sweater has a relaxed fit, it shouldn’t cling to you, or feel oversized in any way. It’s not a super heavy sweater, this is a lightweight, thinner knit that you can wear all year long. 


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