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…
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!
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?