I love a good white t-shirt. And I have many of them…
They’re great for wearing alone, layering under sweaters & cardigans, jackets, and work with jeans as well as trousers (and skirts, of course). I personally need one or two short sleeve white tees that are crewneck, at least one that is a v or scoop neck and one that has an open neck and a little slouchy.
I’ve written a lot over the years on my favorite white tees, and ultimately, it comes down to James Perse: the casual tee is my favorite all-time tee, the slub crew neck is a great crew neck with texture (although it definitely shows it’s age pretty quickly in white), and the short sleeve v-neck tee is an excellent v-neck. I now wear size 1 in all of these. They’re all made in the US. I’ve yet to narrow down a good white slouchy t-shirt recommendation. I have an organic cotton one by Alternative Apparel that I really love, but it got a hole in the shoulder after only a handful or so of wears. To be fair, it’s the older version and was very very thin – I think they’ve re-designed the same style with a sturdier cotton.
All of those are relatively sheer though, which doesn’t bother me, but I understand that’s a point of contention 😉
I’ve had many Splendid tees over the years, but they don’t last like James Perse. Best of all are their 1×1 cotton tees, which are ribbed, and heavier knit, providing coverage. They tend to stretch a little though, and pill slightly after many years. I still have and wear my 1×1 tees, but as layers, and at home. Splendid’s light jersey tees are nice, and have good drape, but mine developed a hole rather quickly all things considered.
Petit Bateau (they have quite a few styles available on Amazon also!) is new to me, and I bought my short sleeve and long sleeve from SLOWRE as they came through for consignment. The size on it says 18a, which maybe is the same as 18Y on the site now? I have no idea. The knit is similar to Splendid’s 1×1, but more sturdy and they don’t seem to show their age as quickly. The fit is beautiful, and the neckline on the crew is heavy, and just where I like it (high, but not too high), and I reach for it when I want a slightly longer tee. I bought mine secondhand, and I have no idea how old it is right now, but it’s still in beautiful condition. The black long sleeve tee is smaller, and cropped, which I like for certain things, but mostly I wanted it to wear with higher-rise pants/skirts.
I also love that nearly everything Petit Bateau is still made in France (as it was 120 years ago). They specialize in children’s/babies items, but I’m absolutely a convert to their basic crew tee; I love the weight and simplicity of it. I’m not sure I’ll have to replace it anytime soon, but if I need to, I’ll buy Petit Bateau again.
What’s your favorite white tee? Why?
*as for more eco-friendly/ethical/sustainable white tees, I have tried many, but haven’t loved any, and here is a link to my reviews of some of them. Ultimately, I liked the Zady organic cotton v-neck (I have it in grey though) better than their crew neck – it was just too fussy, and not good for layering because of the raglan sleeves. I also LOVE linen tees, but they just stretch out and lose their shape so much with time/wear, especially the one I wanted so badly to love by Amour Vert, it’s back to the drawing board this summer for those…