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    28 Basic Tees You'll Want In Every Color Of The Rainbow

    As if you needed an excuse to stock up on basics.

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    1. A sun-protection shirt as an extra layer of protection for all the outdoorsy things you do. Oh, and it wicks away sweat, too!


    FYI, it's made of UPF 50+ fabric.

    Promising review: "Soft and comfortable; a great base layer, but fine for stand-alone wearing. Perfect fit — not too loose/bulky for a base layer, but not too fitted that it looks like underwear when wearing alone. I bought three colors and love them all. (And the white one is not too sheer.)" —Java Queen

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and available in a variety of colors and sleeve lengths).

    2. An athleisure fit with a scoop neck for more air flow, no matter where you wear it. ~Air flow~ is so important, guys.


    Get it from Walmart for $7 (available in women's sizes 0X–4X and six colors).

    3. A moisture-wicking beaut that'll keep you looking cool, calm, and collected by extremely famous but precariously positioned architecture. Plus, it has 2,900 five-star reviews!,

    Promising review: "I bought these in size M–2XL for a family vacation. Women ages 36–60. We all have different body types. We all loved the shirts. Long enough your belly doesn't show if you raise your arms. Perfect temperature for July in Orlando, Florida. It rained at Disney and we were dry within a few minutes. I have this shirt in three colors already and plan to buy more. I'm 5'2", 140 lb. and size medium fit perfectly." —Jennifer Ham Major

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in women's sizes XS–4XL and 15 colors).

    4. A loose-fitting ribbed tee that's ever so slightly cropped and has a V-neck, so you'll easily be able to keep your cool no matter the temp.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $20 (available in women's sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    5. A thin cotton number for those days when it's too hot to wear clothes but honestly you have to bc society.


    Some reviewers who ordered white or light colors noted it's a bit sheer, so take note!

    Promising review: "I'm very casual and have been replacing shirts with more simple tops as my older ones have worn out. I ordered two of these and loved the fit so much that I ordered more. The top goes down to the top of my thigh (I am 5'5", 178 lb. and an hourglass shape). I probably could have gone a size down to a Large, but wasn't sure if it would end up too tight across my D-cups. The shirt is easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion. Have and would repurchase!" —Tiffany Hawkins

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and various colors and sleeve lengths).

    6. A classic jersey fit with an easy fit you can rely on when you're in a sartorial bind.


    Promising review: "I purchased six of these shirts and have bought eight more of these previously. My review is for all the shirts in this order. In my opinion, Champion makes the best of these kind of shirts. They hold their shape and color well, and last a long time. They are perfect for work shirts and simply to work out. Soft and lightweight, they can be worn for any casual situation and you don't overheat in them during the summer. They are the best everyday tee shirts for the money." —Steven W Galambvari

    Get it from Amazon for $7.70+ (available in men's sizes S–4XL and 21 colors).

    7. A perfect V-neck ready to have your back (and front, and sides) the next time you're pressed for time picking out a top and need a solid option.


    Promising review: "Very nice T-shirt. The arms have ample room and are long enough to cover the widest part without looking like an oversized men's T-shirt. The model makes the shirt look somewhat fitted in the waist but it is not, it's a standard boxy shape shirt. The length is fantastic — comes right to the crease of the leg and hip. Maybe I didn't read the sizing right but it seems to run large. The tag says 2X 26–28. It fits more like a 26–28 on me than a 2X would. I normally wear a 2X and this feels like a loose 3X. It also says it's 100% cotton so I expected it to shrink but after drying it on the low setting in the dryer it hasn't shrunk yet. Since I've got the room, I might turn up the heat next time. I really like this shirt and am buying more in a smaller size." —Joolietta

    Get it from Amazon for $9.55+ (available in women's sizes M–6X and 12 colors).

    8. A jersey shirt in 35 colors so if you can't find a hue you'd like then that's on you.


    Get it from Walmart for $5.59+ (available in men's sizes S–XL and 35 colors).

    9. A ~cool~ shirt built to avoid sagging through washes and wear. AND it has a longer shirt tail, which anyone with a long torso (ME!) will appreciate.

    Duluth Trading Co.

    Get it from Duluth Trading Co. for $10 (originally $19.50; available in women's sizes XS–2XL and 10 colors).

    10. A dry-fit performance tee you could get away with wearing any ol' day in case you're a sweaty person. ::raises hand::


    Promising review: "The best darn tees (I bought in pink and teal) that I have ever bought! Seriously, the quality of construction is far, far better that I expected from a $9.99 tee. the material is silky and drapes beautifully. Just right for a grocery trip, casual lunch, or dinner. You could even add a scarf to dress it up! I'm back to buy others colors. Oh, did I say it launders and is wearable straight out of the dryer? Yep." —JamieJ

    Get it from Amazon for $5.20+ (available in women's sizes S–3XL and five colors).

    11. A box-cut tee in combed cotton that'll get softer with every wash and become a go-to in your rotation.


    Get it from Everlane for $20 (available in women's sizes 2XS–XL and five colors).

    12. A pocketed tee that, OK, maybe isn't "basic" exactly because it has a Carhartt logo on the pocket, but it's great quality and comes in a rainbow of colors., Amazon

    Note that reviewers say this runs quite big, so size down at least one!

    Promising review: "Love these shirts. They wash up well, don't shrink, the neck stays tight. Sure, they are pricier than other T-shirts, but well worth the extra money. Others will be long relegated to the rag bag or sleep shirts for your family and these will still be going strong. Bite the bullet and order a few. You won't regret it. I ordered several of these and the Dickies. Very close. These were cut about an inch longer. Other than that, they were virtually identical. The length made the difference for me. Dickies went back and I ordered more Carhartts. But, be advised, they are a heavier material than most. Too heavy to be worn as an undershirt." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $12.71+ (available in men's regular sizes S–3XL and tall sizes L, XL, and 3XL, and 24 colors).

    13. A pima-cotton looker with a slightly rounded hem for a basic that'll feel anything but.

    Buck Mason

    Promising review: "OK, normally, I would not pay more than $6 for a T-shirt. There is just something wonderfully worn-in about the Buck Mason tees, and the colors are so lovely and earthy." —Peggy

    Get it from Buck Mason for $32 (available in men's sizes XS–2XL and 12 colors).

    14. A maternity shirt that'll leave ample room for your bump without worrying about stretching out your pre-natal tops.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love these T-shirts. They fit perfect, feel great — not too tight, not too baggy. No need for an undershirt either! I bought a black one and loved it so much I bought two more! Wish I could get one in every color!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in women's sizes S–3XL and 10 colors).

    15. A spill-protected option with an extra few inches on the tail to prevent any plumber's crack situations.

    Duluth Trading Co.

    Get it from Duluth Trading Co. for $9.99 (originally $24.50; available in men's sizes M–2XL and six colors).

    16. A mock turtleneck with longer sleeves for a bit more coverage that won't sacrifice comfort.


    Promising review: "Love this top! It runs small so I would size up as other reviewers have suggested and as I did. I ordered two to start and after wearing one I went back and ordered more! The colors are as shown based on the two I currently have. I would recommend this shirt for sure, my new favorite!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–XL and a variety of colors and sleeve lengths).

    17. A comfy crewneck just begging to be paired with your fave statement collar necklace.


    Get it from Walmart for $5.88 (available in women's sizes S–3XL and 11 colors).

    18. A boxy number with rolled sleeves and a pocket as a super easy-to-wear option.


    Promising review: "I like the material and the sleeves add an interesting detail. It covers my arms just at the right place. I live the V-neck style of this shirt. I stayed true to size which was perfect but I also could go up a size and be OK with that. If your size is not available, try sizing up. I would not size down though." —Geri

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and five colors).

    19. An anti-odor merino wool tee, an investment made to avoid itch, odor, and any discomfort. Oh and you can wear it for DAYS according to many reviewers.


    Promising review: "I was skeptical about wearing this for so many days in a row with no smell. However, I wore it five days in a row (until I spilled some yolk on it) and the last day I mowed the lawn in 97 degree heat, wearing the T-shirt. It actually helped me remain cool as the sweat it was wicking away acted as a coolant whenever there was a breeze. No smell — even after that! It cleaned up really nice. I purchased early for a motorcycle trip I am making in August with the idea I could bring fewer clothes to wear. It worked, this stuff is really unbelievable!" —Clifford J.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in men's sizes S–XL and six colors).

    20. A curved hem more or less built for an over-the-shoulder smolder.


    Get it from Forever 21 for $14.90 (available in men's sizes S–XL and four colors).

    21. A cropped bubble number that'll show you're really on a ~roll~ with your sartorial choices lately.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $38 (available in women's sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    22. A swing tee as a stepping stone to mastering the French tuck.


    Reviewers note that it's a good idea to go down one size while ordering.

    Promising review: "Love the fabric, I am usually a L or XL. In this I chose a L. I love the flare over the hips and the forgiving fit." —Mary K. Sither

    Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in women's sizes XS–2XL and 15 colors and patterns).

    23. A slim-fit option you'll probably start wearing once a week because it's that good.


    Get it from Revolve for $40 (available in women's sizes XS–L and four colors).

    24. A Shark Tank–famous undershirt with built-in underarm pads that'll turn moisture and body heat into vapor instead of unsightly sweat stains.


    Promising review: "I didn't know these even existed until seeing them on an episode of Shark Tank. I gave them a try and wow! No more sweat spots. I have hyperhidrosis and sweat a lot, mostly in my armpits and hands. I would always sweat through my shirts, even with wearing an undershirt. With this shirt, I have yet to see any sweat spots. It fits well as an undershirt." —RoBroKnos

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49 (available in men's sizes XS–3XL and three colors).

    25. A two-pack of slim-fit scoop necks because if you're buying one tee, you might as well buy another.


    Promising review: "These are probably the best T-shirts I've ever purchased (and I am a true T-shirt connoisseur). The length is perfect, the fabric is just right (not too thin or thick) and nice quality with just the right amount of stretch. The neckline is also perfect — not too deep (I'm pretty busty so this is important to me) and not too shallow, the colors are really nice as well. Honestly, I wish they came in every color and I could buy them individually, because I would!" —beth1307

    Get them from Amazon for $10.67+ (available in women's sizes XS–2XL and 17 color combos).

    26. An organic hemp top with inside-out details for a casual take that'll be more memorable than the other plain tees in your closet.

    Back Beat Rags

    Get it from Back Beat Rags for $43 (available in women's sizes XS–L and olive).

    27. A two-pack of no-show shirts, even in white! If you wear a bra, you know how annoying sheer white shirts can be....,

    Promising review: "These shirts are extremely high quality for the price you pay. I’m 98 lb. and 5’2" and the XS are slightly a little loose on me but I’m very petite, so I run into that a lot. Still it’s not a problem, and they feel and fit great! Very stretchy and they are a little long but I am short. Get these though! You won’t be sorry!" —Cyndy Rodriguez

    Get them from Amazon for $16+ (available in women's sizes XS–2XL and 27 color combos).

    28. And a T-shirt bodysuit in case you've had it up to here when it comes to tucking your shirt into your bottoms.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $40 (available in women's sizes XS–L and three colors).

    Feeling like you have your life together because you have some solid basics:

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