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
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.
- Know your measurements and compare them to the size scale the retailer provides.
- Read the reviews and pay attention to feedback around quality and how it fits.
- 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, $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.
LL 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.
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.
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.
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.
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