- The basic white T-shirt is the backbone of any wardrobe, but a good one can be shockingly difficult to find.
- Our top pick, the Everlane Cotton Crew, manages to be affordable, stylish, and high quality, with the brand’s signature attention to sustainability and detail.
Like a good pair of jeans, the basic white T-shirt is the backbone of any well-rounded wardrobe. But, also like a good pair of jeans, the perfect white tee is nearly impossible to find. Why are these basics so hard for most brands to get right?
Find me someone who claims they haven’t gone down the rabbit hole in search of a stylish, comfortable white T-shirt and I’ll find you a liar. But with minimalism and elevated basics trending these days, it’s becoming easier than ever to find a quality white tee to complete your outfit.
Whether you’re looking for a boxy crewneck, a fitted baby tee, or a sleek V-neck, this list has got you covered. The most important things to consider when shopping for a white T-shirt are fit and fabric. You should know before you start to browse whether you want a tighter cut for layering or a slouchier silhouette.
Here are the best white T-shirts for women:
- Best women’s white T-shirt overall: Everlane The Cotton Crew
- Best women’s white v-neck: Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee
- Best thick women’s white T-shirt: Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt
- Best super soft women’s white T-shirt: Mott & Bow Marcy Fitted Crew
- Best boxy women’s white T-shirt: Everlane The Cotton Box-Cut Tee
Keep scrolling to check out our top picks.
The best overall
The Cotton Crew from Everlane is the standard white tee of your dreams, with a versatile silhouette constructed from lightweight Supima cotton fabric.
Everlane is King of Basics as far as direct-to-consumer brands go, so it’s not a surprise that the brand has nailed the basic white T-shirt. The Cotton Crew is a standout from Everlane’s T-shirt offerings.
It’s a basic crew neck tee with a slim, but not tight, fit and short sleeves. Manufactured in Los Angeles, The Cotton Crew is made of 100% lightweight Supima cotton and retails for $18.
The care instructions for this shirt are simple: machine wash cold, tumble dry low. It’s available in sizes XXS through XL. Thanks to Everlane’s model of transparency, you can check out a profile of the factory where your T-shirt was made. We at Insider Picks love Everlane’s white T-shirts, too.
"[A]all of our testers agreed that the sleeves on this Everlane shirt hit that sweet spot between too long and too short," according to BuzzFeed, which gave The Cotton Crew high marks for its versatility. It’s also been featured by Refinery29 and PopSugar and has a 4.65 average rating based on 2,300 customer reviews.
"This t-shirt is the most comfortable material, not to mention the fit is perfect. Not too boxy and not too tight. I want all of them!" writes one shopper.
Pros: Slim, "gamine" fit, lightweight, made in Los Angeles
Cons: Some reviewers said the fabric is thinner than expected
The best v-neck
The Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee is an easy, breezy top that you’ll want to pair with everything from denim shorts to blazers.
I live for a v-neck T-shirt. The Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee is a slouchy-yet-polished iteration that looks good with absolutely everything from denim cut-offs to an oversized blazer.
I’ve owned many Madewell v-necks and can attest to their quality. They last through many washes (truly — I abused mine in the laundry room in my college dorm) and look fantastic on the body. This one has a bit of a longer cut for easy tucking and a cool, slightly oversized breast pocket. The size range is also decent, running from XXS to 3X.
Insider Picks reporter Remi Rosmarin loves this T-shirt for its low price and lightweight fabric,
"This is the perfect three season V neck T!!! Very soft and a nice light fabric that is super comfortable. The "V" is quite deep, so could be a problem for certain body shapes, but this one’s going to a staple for me," writes one Nordstrom customer. The tee is highly rated on the retailer’s site, with over 2,360 reviews.
"Thanks to the weight of the fabric, this shirt wasn’t too see-through, and remained breathable," writes Refinery29’s Michelle Li. Rank and Style also rates this one of the best v-neck tees on the market.
Pros: V-neck, breathable fabric, sizes run from XXS to 3X
Cons: V might be too low on some people
The best thick T-shirt
The Uniqlo Women U Crew Short-Sleeve T-Shirt is made of weighty cotton, so you never have to worry about accidentally flashing anyone.
For a thicker material, you can’t beat the 100% cotton Uniqlo Women U Crew Short-Sleeve T-Shirt. It’s a basic tee with a high neckline and short, but not super short, sleeves.
The shirt boasts "perfectly balanced proportions" and a thicker, ribbed neckline for comfort and quality. The hems utilize a stitching technique that makes them more subtle and less prone to unravelling. It comes in XS to XL and is cut slightly longer at the back for a better overall drape.
"[T]he weight of this tee is so nice. it is heavier than a regular tee and wears really well. [D]efinitely recommend," writes one shopper. Overall, the U Crew has a nearly perfect average rating based on 100 reviews.
Creative director Meg Vasquez told The Strategist, "My forever issue with white tees is being able to see my bra through the shirt. The Uniqlo U tees are just thick enough that you can’t see your bra through the white material without being so thick that you feel like you’re wearing a weighted blanket." Elle also recommends the U Crew shirt.
Pros: Slightly thicker fabric, nice drape, affordable
Cons: Reviewers recommend sizing up
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