How do you find the best white T-shirt? It might seem like a simple question, but tracking one down that checks all 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. No one likes the feeling of slipping on a boxy, ill-fitted white tee that is as stiff as cardboard against their skin. Finally, however, the search is over.
Throughout the history of pop culture, from Marlon Brando to Kendall Jenner, the white T-shirt has been ingrained in both our lives and our wardrobes. “Everybody needs it. Every culture and subculture has used the white T-shirt. That’s where the genius is,” says Karla Welch, a stylist who committed herself to developing the perfect white tee. For us at Vogue, the shirt has become a unifying closet staple. As we return to the office, travel, and make social plans, there’s something comforting about wearing a crisp, classic white T-shirt in the morning—fresh and dewy-faced. Perhaps we’ll add a touch of jewelry, whether that’s a pair of gold hoops or a minimalist chain necklace. But the best white tees can be paired with just about everything, from comfortable at-home yoga pants to dressy skirts for the office and beyond. And what’s more iconic and representative of our daily lives than a white T-shirt and a classic pair of blue jeans? Two editors weighed in on this divisive topic, and the verdict is in: Yes, jeans can be comfortable at home too.
Below, 35 Vogue editors share the best white T-shirts for women and men to wear now and forever.
Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, Associate Fashion Editor
Taking notes from the FW22 runways, a plain white tee paired with an elevated bottom has increasingly become my go-to uniform. Whether with tailored trousers, a flowy skirt, or classic straight-leg jeans, a cotton tee never fails to add that crisp finishing touch to a classic look.
Naomi Elizée, Market Editor
This white tee from Loewe may be a bit of a splurge but it is worth every cent! Made from a soft cotton-jersey with the house’s ‘Anagram’ logo embroidered discreetly on the chest. In my opinion, this is the perfect white tee to throw on with a pair of jeans and sneakers to feel laid back yet chic.
Taylor Anderson, Associate Manager, Social Media
The Skims Cotton Jersey T-Shirt has quickly become the hero item of my closet. It is the perfect everyday tee, and the stretch-cotton material makes it a comfortable, lightweight shirt.
Eliseé Browchuk, Experiences Production & Marketing Manager
When it comes to feel-good essentials, look no further than Kotn. An ethically sustainability-focused brand at its core, Kotn products are made with biodegradable fibers that are buttery soft. I fell in love with their classic white tee, which perfectly shapes my torso and is, best of all, 100% Egyptian cotton.
Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer
Time and time again, K.nglsey continues to prove that basics don’t have to be boring. I could live in the label’s expertly crafted tees and tanks.
Madeline Fass, Market Editor
There’s nothing better than the feel of a super worn-in t-shirt, and Mother’s Rowdy tee masters that vintage feel, without ever having been worn before. Plus, it has just the right amount of slouch you want from an oversized silhouette.
Alexandra Michler Kopelman, Director of Fashion Initiatives
The Petit Bateau Iconic T-shirt is just that. It is simple and elegant, and looks just as good with a long evening skirt as it does a loose pair of worn-in denim. Bonus points: The brand makes them for kids too.
Katie Henwood, Senior Manager, Audience Development
I have searched high and low for a white T-shirt that is both flattering and practical. Enter this Everlane tee—thick enough to wear on its own, a little boxy for easy movement, and cropped just right so it hits the top of whatever high-waist item I pulled on that day. I love the pocket detail for added interest, but it’s also available without a pocket if that’s more your style.
Michella Oré, Associate Producer
Marc Jacobs’s Heaven Logo Baby Tee is the closest I have to a white T-shirt, and it also happens to be one of my favorites. I love the blue ringer detailing and faded screen print that adds a pop of color to any outfit without clashing with any additional prints I might throw in.
Helena Suric, Senior Director, Talent Casting
Why just have one perfect tee when you can have five? I get a pack of boys Fruit of the Loom in size XL, and at this price point, I don’t even blink if I spill coffee on one. They get softer with wear and are great on their own, layered under sweaters, for workouts, or for sleep…exactly why you need five!
Anna-Lisa Yabsley, Executive Director, Content Strategy
There are two things I consistently look for in a white tee (or any tee for that matter): 100% cotton and an oversized fit. I have a long torso and require length. I also love a boxy cut and a drop-shoulder seam. This tee from Totême fits the bill nicely.
Julie Tong, Senior Commerce Editor
Soft, plush, and with a vintage-like feel, the perfect white T-shirt did not exist…until now. Don’t walk, run to get this Éterne tee.
Sarah Spellings, Fashion News Editor
I have broad shoulders and love how they look in a muscle tank. This one is absolutely perfect. The sleeves hit right at the edge of my shoulders in a way that’s surprisingly delicate, and the cotton is fine and soft. Paired with wide-leg trousers, it gives me the Phoebe Philo–esque look I’ve been trying to achieve my whole life!
Kiana Murden, Beauty Commerce Writer
After years of searching for the perfect white tee, I realized that my preferred everyday staple top isn’t a T-shirt at all but rather a formfitting bodysuit like this one by Free People. I love the modern femininity a square neckline gives me, paired with the slinky, tighter material that allows me to dress this up or down. Also because it’s a bodysuit, I never have to worry about it riding up.
Steff Yotka, Global Director of Social Media
I love the filmy texture—without being totally transparent—of Bassike’s tees. Their long-sleeve with a slight mock-neck is my absolute favorite, but if you must go short, their tee gets the job done with style.
Abby Sjoberg, Director of Audience Development
Not only is this my favorite white T-shirt, but it’s also possibly my favorite T-shirt altogether (there are so many colors)! Fit and price are key, which is why I love this crewneck from Uniqlo.
Virginia Smith, Fashion Director
I’d love to have this Raey T-shirt in all colors hanging in my closet, but if I had to choose one, it would be a classic white. The proportions are hard to get right on a short-sleeve tee, but this one is perfect.
Atalie Gimmel, Manager, Social Media
Besides the neckline, my favorite thing about this crewneck tee is the 50% cotton, 50% modal material. Never have I ever worn a shirt so soft and comfortable, which makes it perfect for working from home.
Arden Fanning, Contributor
I’ve started arranging basics by softness because I reach for silky clouds first, and my Mackay tee lives on the good shelf. It feels like a bouncy ribbed knit designed for the film wardrobe of a “successful minimalist” character.
Cassandra Pintro, Associate Producer
If there is one item I absolutely can’t go without, it is a Uniqlo Supima cotton tee. I’m all for “buy nice, not twice,” but at this price point, I can’t help but double up each season.
Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer
I’ve been wearing Cos’s oversized white tees lately. I love the slouchy fit and that the cotton is slightly thicker than your standard tee. I can wear one with black trousers and it still looks dressy.
Clarissa Schmidt, Commerce Producer
I have, maybe, two or three white T-shirts on hand, and that’s because I prefer to keep only my favorites on rotation. I’ve been really loving this crewneck tee from AG because of its soft, lightweight feel. Though it has an oversized silhouette, I can still tuck it into jeans or shorts for a polished look.
Lilah Ramzi, Features and Commerce Editor
I’ve never been a wear-my-boyfriend’s-shirt kind of girl. So I appreciate a white tee that looks nothing like a man’s undershirt. The sleeves on this A.L.C. cotton top do just the trick.
Lucy Dolan-Zalaznick, Senior Associate, Creative Development, Social & Visuals
If you have a bit of time and patience and are looking to shop sustainably, head to @shopcountryof or follow them on IG to keep tabs on their frequently refreshed stock of vintage white tees (think: paper-thin Hanes). If you need to fill the perfect-white-T-shirt-hole ASAP but still want to stick to slow fashion, Pretties makes the baby tee to end all baby tees locally in Downtown LA.
Chioma Nnadi, Editor, Vogue.com
Simple white tees are a hard sell for me. I rarely go for them, but when I do, there has to be a little twist, a touch of humor. That’s why Vaquera’s teddy tee really speaks to me on so many levels. Yes, it’s a white tee, but it’s anything but simple. The cheeky lace trimmings take it from basic to something completely different. I’d wear this piece with a pair of baggy jeans and my new square-toe pink Martine Rose loafer slides.
Alexandra Gurvitch, Manager, Creative Development
My favorite white tee is the Hanes x Karla crew because I like my tees to have weight, especially if they are white. I love it so much that I have it in both the cropped and tank versions! White tees can veer unflattering, but this one retains a good structure.
Mai Morsch, Associate Market Editor
I love Leset’s Classic Margo tee. It hits at just the right length and is relaxed without being too boxy.
Lauren Valenti, Senior Beauty Editor
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Judi Rosen makes the most incredible basics: smartly cut, supremely soft, and—most important—consciously crafted and built to last. Call it the ’90s supermodel effect, but lately, I’ve been excited to stock up on perfectly shrunken white baby tees for spring and summer. Cool, sexy, and versatile!
Celia Ellenberg, Beauty and Wellness Director
Even if you didn’t live through the ’90s baby tee era, you can appreciate the perfect cut of Gil Rodriguez’s modern adaptation: the fine-ribbed knit, with cap sleeves, is designed just long enough to tuck into jeans (high-waist pants forever!). Pro tip: Buy a few at a time so you don’t have to be too precious about every wear.
Willow Lindley, Accessories and Collaborations Director
I love all the Buck Mason basics. These tees are so soft and fit perfectly for any occasion you need a perfect white top.
Charlotte Diamond, Associate Fashion Editor
A white T-shirt seems to be the toughest item to shop for, but like it is for most things, Aritzia has the perfect one. This tee is tight enough, thick enough, and buttery enough that it looks tailored for the office and is the perfect lounge item.
Elise Taylor, Senior Living Writer
My wardrobe weak spot is a shirt that is comfy enough to lie on the couch in, but also acceptable to wear during work Zoom meetings. Did I ever realize I’d have this extremely niche need? Nope, but here we are!
Enter A.P.C.’s Marina short-sleeve shirt. It’s made of 100% cotton, which makes it perfect for lazy lounging. The added collar makes me look like I have my act together. Which I don’t, by the way.
Ian Malone, Experiences Manager
Christian Cowan is better known for his red carpet creations and viral runway moments than wardrobe essentials. His unisex, white t-shirt challenges that assumption. Perfect in thickness and cut, the shirt is ideal for any occasion. The subtle crystal “C” detail injects just enough glamour into this basic.
Madeline Swanson, Editor
I love Kule’s cotton tees for their classic unisex shape and soft, lightweight feel, with sleeves that are just long enough and never too tight. They tuck perfectly into my favorite jeans (a French tuck preferably, so as not to hide the brand’s trademark stripe at the bottom hem—my favorite part!).
Carrie Marks, Director, Audience Development
I wrote about this no-fuss Hanes white tee in my WFH outfits post, and I’ll take another opportunity to sing its praises. I love the fit because it layers really well under sweaters and tucks easily into pants and skirts. And if you’re the kind of person who, like me, can’t keep your whites white forever, the price point here is quite forgiving when you need to restock.
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