My favorite white tee shirts…

The Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25) is a comfortable, light slub tee I love.

This post is for Carrie, who asked me a couple of weeks ago in a comment what my favorite white/ivory tee shirts are. The answer, in typical shopping lover fashion, is that I don’t have a favorite tee shirt but rather many favorites! This post is devoted to them, and why I love each.

Take the Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25, above). It comes in many color options which is important to me because when I find a tee I like I tend to pick it up in at least 2 colors. It’s soft and long (I loooove long tees), with a deep u-neck that never stimulates my gag reflex the way crewnecks can. And it’s perfect for the weekend with its thin heathery material, perfect for pairing with a lacy bra you can see through the tee.

Inside, more of my favorite white tees, from stark white to softest ivory…

Madewell’s ‘Whisper’ Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee ($20), shown here via Nordstrom 
and also at Madewell of course, is a wonderful pocket tee that’s easy to layer.

When it comes to tee shirts, my qualifications for each purpose are different. Across all purposes I want a tee shirt that is first and foremost soft. (No scratchy tees for me!) Then I want either a deep crewneck or a v-neck. From there, my needs change depending on a tee’s use. For a layering tee, I want it to hit below my hips. A by-itself tee should have a pocket and hit at a flattering place on my hips. Cropped tees are good for high-waisted shorts or skirts, and white tanks are a staple come summer.

One tee I absolutely love is Madewell’s ‘Whisper’ Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee ($20, above). It has the perfect size pocket and is the ideal casual length for me. The thick neckline does well to balance to my chest and the v-neck shows just a hint of cleavage without being over the top.

Ivory tees are very hard to find right now as optic white is having a moment, but I do love and recommend the Halogen® Curved Hem Tee (now $24) which is on sale at Nordstrom. This tee is very, very soft and though it does have a split hem the top is long enough that the hem is flattering rather than funky and hard to work with. I like to wear mine over leggings to go out or my pajama shorts at home. The wide neck is pleasant for broad shoulders like mine — it looks great with a big necklace if you want to dress it up!

The Vintage Wash V-Neck Tee ($25) is fantastic with jeans.

Believe it or not, Gap of all places also has some fantastic tees! It’s no secret that Gap’s quality had fallen off a cliff for the last several years but with some basics (what they used to be known for!) the quality appears to be returning.

A few of my favorite tees from the Gap family are the Embroidered Long Sleeve Swing Top ($35) which is thin but lovely on, the First-Layer Fitted Tank for Women (now $4-$7) — my favorite layering tank, the Fitted 2-Way Layering Tank for Women (now $5-$8) which can be a scoop or v-neck depending on which way you face it, the Fitted V-Neck Tee for Women (now $7) which has a spectacular body-skimming fit but is prone to sweat stains (at that price point I hardly care), the Signature Linen Scoop Tee ($37) which is lightweight and great with skirts or chinos, and the Vintage Wash V-Neck Tee ($25, above) which is probably my favorite of them all!

Although it has a small pocket, this tee somehow looks so damn good with jeans! I can’t really explain why…it’s some combination of being the right cut, the right length, and the right shade of white to look great with denim. I love mine, and I bought another one as a backup because I tend to go through white shirts really quickly.

Those are my favorite white tee shirts. Anthropologie’s Lace-Line Tee (now $40) is my favorite white long-sleeve tee, but the white is currently sold out online. What are some of your favorites?


  1. Anthronana
    January 23, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Love love B.P boyfriend tees. I bought like 8 of them last month in all three colors. My husband thinks I am nuts. 🙂

    • January 23, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      Thank you for the recommendation!!

  2. nora
    January 23, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I hate T shirts with pockets. Do you have any non-pocketed favorites?

    • January 23, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Yes the Old Navy Fitted V-Neck Tee which I see I forget to link, d'oh! Will fix. There are several no-pocket tees linked in this post.

  3. Lindinha
    January 23, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    A white tee is exactly what I need after receiving the Fleurs de la Terre necklace in the mail this morning. Thanks again Nam!

    It's a gorgeous piece and a lot larger than it appears in photos. I'll need a snag-proof top that won't compete with it and this would be great. I think Madewell is running a sale on everything that's Whisper Cotton so if this is Roxy approved 😉 I'll pop into the store this afternoon and take a look.

  4. kelly
    January 23, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I like Splendid tees; they have the softest material. This one is my favorite right now:

    (Roxy, feel free to swap the link).

    It’s $50, which is more than I like to pay for a tee, but it goes on promo occasionally and I find the half sleeves and open neckline really flattering. It’s form-fitting but not skintight, and not too thin/sheer.

  5. Amelia
    January 23, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Any white tee recommendations for a NON-see through option??

    • January 23, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Yes I linked to multiple solid tees! The Gap Vintage Wash and Halogen Curved Hem are among them. ??

    • Straphael
      January 23, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Yes try Lands End. I hate anything white that's see through. I have their relaxed v-neck and it's soft, great shape and cut long enough, excellent 100% cotton and a nude bra will not show underneath. I have an xs, I'm 5'4″ 32dd.

  6. January 23, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Thank you for the recommendation! I will swap the link tonite.

  7. January 23, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I love white tees!
    A few of my favorites include:
    American Apparel V-Neck (not see-through)
    Z-Supply V-Neck (Super soft, sort of low, and slightly sheer)
    I hear amazing things about Current Elliott tees, but they are a little more than I'd like to spend. Now, I do love their simple muscle tees and buy them when on sale.
    I just bought Anthropologie's Sunday Morning Tunic in white. I thought it would be sheer, but I can actually wear it with just a nude bra. I LOVE it!!!
    I'm still reading everyone's recommendations as I am always buying a new white tee.

  8. January 23, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    Great picks! It's funny because I love cotton but I hate cotton white tees. Unless it's pima. Mostly I like slub and modal materials, with some cotton mixed in.

  9. lulu
    January 24, 2017 / 3:35 am

    New markdowns are showing.

  10. lulu
    January 24, 2017 / 3:51 am

    Ha ha. Thanks!

  11. Carrie
    January 24, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    Thank you for doing this Roxy!!! I'm off to find my perfect tee! 🙂

    • January 24, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      You're welcome! Sorry it took so long.

  12. January 24, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    I forgot to mention one of my favorite layering pieces. Oddly enough, I love Target's Liz Lange Maternity Tanks. I had them from when I was pregnant and I still wear them (many, many years later). They hold their shape and are perfect for layering under sweaters, tops, or wearing alone in hotter temps. I bought my a size small (I am between a small/medium) and I wear them all the time (gray, black, white).

  13. Bronzi
    January 27, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I love the Splendid ones as well. Great quality.

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