We touched on this before, but I’ve been increasingly disappointed in basic t-shirts’ level of quality. I’ve always worn basic tees more than the average person, so I’ve not shied away from paying more for them, and I’ve never found one at the Gap or Old Navy that I liked. I also prefer to buy most of my clothing “made in the US”. But lately, price doesn’t equal quality, at least in terms of my expectations.
My holy grail white t-shirt is and will always be the James Perse casual tee; it fits my body the best, I love the scoop-neck, the length of the tee and the sleeves. My latest white one got a hole after only a few wears, so James Perse sent me a new one. They’ll work with you too, if you buy a tee from James Perse and get holes or have a major quality issue, they will work with you to resolve the issue. I sent my ‘holey’ tee back for them to take a look at and asses the problem. Hopefully the more we contact designers and send defective products back, they’ll get the message that we’re not satisfied paying $$ for clothing that doesn’t stand up to wear.
I also love LnA because of the longer length, thinner material, and that it nips in more at the waist, but they don’t hold up very well, and it’s better if you don’t dry LnA at all – I tend to use these more for layering. Now though, I’m pretty much a convert to Everlane. I have three of their v-neck tees, one white large, one burgandy medium and one black medium. I think the medium fits better, but overall, the fabric is comparable to James Perse and so far they seem to be holding up very well.
Here are my three favorite white tees on me:
More White t-shirts I love:
What are your favorite white tees?