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Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt Everlane Women’s Cotton Crew Mott & Bow Marcy Fitted Crew

The Best Women’s White T-Shirts

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Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt

  • Best find under $10
  • Slightly boxy fit
  • Cult Japanese brand
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Everlane Women’s Cotton Crew

  • From the masters of modern basics
  • Classic “boyish” fit
  • Cut and sewn in Los Angeles
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Mott & Bow Marcy Fitted Crew

  • Incredibly soft feel
  • Flattering, curve-hugging fit
  • Cotton blend made in Peru
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For a lot of us, the perfect white T-shirt is a sartorial white whale. It is, in a word, classic. Because it can go with everything, one single white tee has the power to change your fashion fortunes forever. But these days, with every label staking claim to the “perfect white tee,” it’s never been more complicated to be so wonderfully basic.

 

So in the interest of all of humanity, we put on racks on racks of white T-shirts to find the ones that best fit the widest range of body types, look equally stylish beneath layers as they do worn on their own, and, of course, feel soft and comfortable, even after a few washes.

 

And yes, we know: Style is subjective! Plus, there’s everything from personal taste to body shape to local climate to take into account. But to us, the best white T-shirt is the ultimate style chameleon. In our search for the “perfect” white tee, we kept it simple, focusing on classically cut crewneck designs with minimal branding. And even though we tested some unisex options, we learned that T-shirts cut specifically for women provided a more flattering fit overall. Without further ado, below you’ll find the best white T-shirts for women, at three different price points.

 

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Uniqlo Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt

Starting from $10

The Details

Sizes XXS–XXL

100% Supima cotton

Machine-wash cold

Available in nine colors

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who stain shirts easily
  • Fans of the French tuck
  • People who love to mix high and low fashion

Why We Love It

Plenty of people balk at the idea of investing in a white T-shirt, and we totally get it. Why spend so much on something that’s going to get dingy, anyway? Plus, there are tons of under-$10 options out there! But as we learned, not all of them are worth your time, let alone your money. We’re confident that our pick — Uniqlo’s Supima Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt — is your best bet for a good-looking tee so reasonably priced you won’t think twice about inevitable spills.

We’re big fans of this Japanese retail chain for its well-made, affordable basics, and this tee is no exception. The T-shirt is 100% cotton with a weight that’s heavy without feeling stiff. Sheerness is a matter of taste, but if you’re someone who prefers to keep the color of their bra to themselves, the opacity of this shirt is a major selling point. No bras to be seen here!

Uniqlo white tee half-tucked

Most of the shirts we tried in this price category were either too thin, too starchy, or embarrassingly too big. Each of the Hanes tees we tested — a sized-down ComfortSoft (way too long), Nano T-shirt (basically see-through), Beefy-T (like wearing a box), and Relaxed Fit (passable) — all had their own problems. Our runner-up in this price range, the Amazon Essentials Short-Sleeved Crewneck, is a blend of cotton, modal, and spandex, and had a better fit than most we tried, but the fabric was stretchier than our testers preferred for an everyday tee (it felt more like something we would wear for working out).

Uniqlo offers the rare combination of low price, fit, and quality. But let’s not forget: It’s still under $10. And even though it’s cut from 100% Supima cotton, which makes it stronger and softer than other shirts we tested in this price range, the shirt is not preshrunk, so it will shrink a bit when you wash it. We also found that the seams puckered slightly after a machine dry. Long story short, if you want to keep your tee in its most pristine condition, you should line dry it. That said, none of our testers found shrinkage to be deal-breaking.

Still of Uniqlo white tee lying flat

We can vouch for the softness of this shirt: Not only did it feel great against our skin, it also felt much more expensive than its price tag would suggest. Naturally silky-smooth, it just had the feel of luxury. The shirt held its shape beautifully after a full day of wear and a couple of washes. Made from a natural fiber, it’s also nice and breathable, a must for anyone who has a tendency to overheat.

As for fit, this shirt has a boxier one. If you’re looking for a clingy, formfitting white tee, this might not be the one for you, but our testers appreciated its drape (it’s perfect for a French tuck). The shirt is structured, but not baggy, with a neckline that lies flat. The sleeves are also a bit roomier than those of our $$ and $$$ winners, which is nice if you prefer a looser fit. Of all the shirts we tried in the budget category, Uniqlo’s was the only tee our testers said they would wear on its own.

Side shot of Uniqlo tee tucked in

Our shorter testers found the shirt’s length to be just right — not too short, but not a ton of excess fabric — though if you’re on the taller side, or long-torsoed, you might be in danger of exposing a bit of your belly when you raise your hands. We found its fit to be pretty true to size, despite not being as stretchy as our other picks, so if you’re between sizes or if you prefer an oversized fit, we would err on the side of sizing up. Of all our picks, this shirt comes in the widest variety of sizes (XXS–XXL) and also a bunch of colors (nine, to be exact). So if you decide to betray — er, branch out from — your white tee, you’ve got options.

We can’t talk about Uniqlo and white tees without mentioning the Women’s U Crew Neck, which is cut from heavyweight cotton and features a chunky ribbed neckline. It’s slightly more expensive and wasn’t plain enough to recommend more widely, but the whole Uniqlo U line is worth a gander. Either way, if you’re seeking a structured, affordable white T-shirt whose looks far exceed its price tag, Uniqlo’s Supima Cotton Crew Neck is a slam dunk. It will last much longer than most tees at this price point, but it’s inexpensive enough that you can wear it while eating those sloppy joes without fear. That, friends, is what we call having it all.

User Reviews

“Opaque, thick (in a good way). Just your overall excellent staple piece for a reasonable price. I can see these lasting me years with good care.”
— Tee From Uniqlo
“I have been searching endlessly for this material in a tee since I bought them a while back at another store that no longer sells them. I cut hair all day and this is the only T-shirt fabric that hair doesn't cling to. The price and color selection is phenomenal!”
— Sarahj From Uniqlo
“Beautiful color choices, soft and comfortable fabric.”
— Robb From Uniqlo
“I love this tee, because it feels very nice to the skin — very smooth. The quality seems to be good, but I haven't washed it yet, just worn it yesterday. The fit is very comfortable and relaxed — not too much, just like I needed it. It does have a nice drape to it, which I absolutely love! The fabric is not too thick, not too thin — just perfect. The only cons are that it's a tad short. I wish it were 1 inch longer.”
— Irina From Uniqlo

Uniqlo

Thick fabric, easy drape

Where to buy

$10 at Uniqlo
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Everlane Women’s Cotton Crew

Starting from $18

The Details

Sizes XXS–XL

100% Supima cotton

Machine-wash cold, tumble dry low

Available in 10 colors/patterns

Made in the USA

What / Who It's Best For

  • Consumers who care where their clothes are made
  • Anyone looking to level up their basics
  • People who like a slim cut

Why We Love It

Throughout our search, we realized that separating the “meh” from the “bury me in this shirt” came down to better details, and those details are what we got with Everlane’s Cotton Crew, our clear favorite in the $$ category. From fabric and construction to neckline and sleeve length, this shirt got high marks for all the ways it could be styled: untucked with a pair of jeans, tucked into a pair of high-waist pants, underneath a snug sweater — there’s nothing it can’t do!

Everlane white tee untucked

Let it be known that the BuzzFeed office has its fair share of Everlane stans, and for good reason. The direct-to-consumer brand has built a devoted fanbase for its stylish, versatile basics, and it’s not afraid to share how much every article of clothing costs to make, and where that money goes — from materials to labor to transportation. Whether you’d consider Everlane “affordable” depends on your outlook on money, but its pricing is certainly lower than most other ethical retail brands (we see you, $40 tank tops).

One of the elements of this tee that all of our testers adored was its sleeve length. As we quickly found out while trying out a plethora of T-shirts, getting a consensus on sleeve length is tougher than it sounds. And while in fashion, like with pizza toppings, you can’t please everyone, all of our testers agreed that the sleeves on this Everlane shirt hit that sweet spot between too long and too short (no shade to a cap sleeve, but they’re divisive!). “TBH, they made my arms look toned,” one tester said. “They were tight enough to not be flopping around, but loose enough where it didn’t feel like my armpit was being strangled.” Another seemingly small thing we love about this shirt is its collar — it has enough width that it lies flat, and it’s close-cut without sitting too high on the neck (because we love a mock neck, but we want it to be intentional).

Still of Everlane white tee folded

Like our $ pick, this Everlane tee is made from Supima cotton, which is fairly thin, though not sheer. The brand uses a 40-single yarn for its women’s tees, which, in the textile word, means a tighter weave and a softer shirt. One of our testers noted that she wore dark bras underneath it without appreciable peek-age. While it’s not flimsy, it feels much more lightweight than our $ pick. Like, so soft that you kind of forget you’re wearing it. To get a little nitpicky (hey, that’s what we’re here for!), this shirt is constructed with more care than any of the ones in the $ category — stronger visible stitching, and the seams lie flatter, even after a machine dry, though we did still find that it shrank a bit.

This tee has a fitted look, which isn’t to say that it’s skintight. Everlane describes it as “boyish” and a “true gamine classic,” and come to think of it, we could totally see Audrey Hepburn rocking it while tooling around Rome. It looks great fully tucked in, and it also layers well with almost any kind of sweater. The layering potential is a huge selling point for this one, but our testers all said they felt comfortable wearing this one out on its own as well.

Front shot of Everlane white tee tucked in

Some of our testers, along with some customer reviews, noted that because this tee has a slim, straight cut, people with larger chests — or those who prefer a more relaxed fit — should consider sizing up. If you’re looking for style and comfort and you’re willing to spend a little extra (just a little, really) for ethical fashion, this one might just be your forever(lane) favorite.

 

User Reviews

“The best-fitting tee I’ve ever had, and I live in T-shirts. They are my go-to, whether alone or under a sweater or blazer.”
— Lizzie From Everlane
“I purchased this to replace an old white tee that was showing its age. This is definitely a step up! It's the quintessential white tee needed for any wardrobe.”
— cwitkowski From Everlane
“Love this tee! I purchased the white and while I will need to wear a cami underneath, it’s not super see-through. It’s a lightweight material and fitted nicely (size up for a baggy fit). Will be purchasing more colors!”
— AlannaS From Everlane
“I love the cotton crews for basics. I'm petite and the small fits perfectly (they do shrink a teeny bit in the wash). They're slim but not tight, and the sleeve length is not too short.”
— erg24 From Everlane

Everlane

Ethical production, perfect fit

Where to buy

$18 at Everlane
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Mott & Bow Marcy Fitted Crew

Starting from $30

The Details

Sizes XS–XL

50% pima cotton / 50% modal

Available in five colors

Preshrunk

What / Who It's Best For

  • People who value comfort and style equally
  • White T-shirt connoisseurs
  • Tall and long-torsoed people

Why We Love It

If you don’t know Mott & Bow, they make jeans. Really good jeans. So it makes sense they’d go ahead and make some of the best white tees in the game. We’ve used the word “soft” to describe ourpicks in both the $ and $$ categories, and we stand by that, but it has to be said: Our $$$ pick, Mott & Bow’s Marcy Fitted Crew, is next-level soft. Look, we’ve never personally felt the cheek of a baby angel, but…you get the idea. The combination of pima cotton and modal is some kind of fabric magic. This shirt is soft. Almost silky, a number of reviewers noted.

Back shot of untucked Mott and Bow white tee

A quick sidebar about pima vs. Supima cotton: Supima is a kind of pima that’s grown in the US, so all Supima is pima, but not vice versa. Mott & Bow’s pima cotton comes from Peru and features the same extra-long fibers, making for a softer and stronger fabric that doesn’t require any extra chemical washes to soften it (which we didn’t know was a thing!). The addition of modal to the mix makes the tee stretchier than our other two picks, which helps it hold its shape better throughout the day; modal (which is a kind of rayon) is so soft and breathable, you’ll typically find it in underwear and pajamas.

That said, the fabric is thin — “a little sheer, but somehow it still worked?” according to one of our testers. To put this best: It looks intentionally thin, rather than thin because someone made a miscalculation. Despite how delicate this tee looks, our testers’ shirts suffered no ill effects when machine-washed with cold water and machine-dried. The seams and collar both stayed flat, and because the shirt is preshrunk, its fit was unaffected (and you won’t have to worry about it turning into a doll-sized shirt in the wash).

Mott and Bow white tee folded

Our testers loved the stretchiness of the tee: “It really clung to all my curves,” one noted. We know that a curve-hugging style isn’t to everyone’s taste, but while this shirt is snug, it doesn’t feel tight. Across the board, our testers found this to be the most comfortable tee they tried across all price categories. Many reviewers commented that if you want the shirt to be snug as opposed to tight, you should size up. While none of our testers had a problem wearing their usual sizes, it’s definitely a matter of taste. Some reviewers also noted that the shirt runs a little long, which is great for people on the tall side or who have long torsos. Its length also makes it easy to tuck in (again, a matter of taste — fashion!).

Of course, $30 is more than a lot of people want to spend on a white T-shirt, which we totally respect. Our testers were definitely in that camp at the beginning of this experiment. When they tried this tee, though, a couple of them declared themselves converts: “I think from this experience I’m learning that I am a slob who thinks white T-shirts are meant to be cheap and crappy. This shirt has shown me a new way,” one said. Other tees we tested in this price tier gave us sticker shock, even after trying them on.

Mott and Bow white tee untucked

Hey, if we’re going to drop $30 on a basic tee, we want it to feel special. So if you’re someone who wears white T-shirts no matter the occasion and you’re looking to elevate your basic a bit, we can’t recommend this one highly enough. To quote one of our testers, “It’s like butter.” Need we say more?

User Reviews

“These are hands down the most comfortable — and more importantly, flattering! — tees I’ve ever owned. I’ve tried them all, and they are either too tight, too thin, too baggy, or lose their shape too easily. Not these tees! I got one in every color, and I may just double up! They are lovely alone or perfect under blazers or jackets for fall. You need at least one!!! I did size up per other reviews, although I’m not sure it was necessary.”
— Katie W. From Mott & Bow
“I love this. Knowing it runs slim, I ordered a large (by measurements I'm a small) and it was just right. A little on the long side, but the hem scrunches naturally or you can do a half tuck. Definitely will be ordering more.”
— Cheryl C. From Mott & Bow
“Your hunt for the perfect white T-shirt is over. This is the softest T-shirt with a beautiful fit that almost feels custom. And I'm petite (5'0"), so it's often difficult to find quality pieces that fit well without any adjustments. The price cannot be beat, especially for the quality. Five stars for sure!”
— Terra M. From Mott & Bow
“I’ve been looking for the perfect T-shirt for years. I’ve bought everything from a $5 to a $75 T-shirt. These are by far the best. I have broad shoulders, a thin waist, and wider hips. Sometimes crewnecks are extremely boxy, because I have to order a larger size for my shoulders. However, these couldn’t be any more flattering. Same size after wash and dry, not faded, super soft, and made well. I couldn’t be happier!”
— Christina E. From Mott & Bow

Mott & Bow

Supremely soft, perfectly snug

Where to buy

$30 at Mott & Bow
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