A few years ago, I had a series where I would seek out the best of everything, whether it was yoga pants or table decor. I always had so much fun discovering new brands and getting feedback from all of you, but somehow the process got away from me as work got busier. When I realized I wanted to replace my worn white tees in my wardrobe, it felt like the perfect time to revisit the series. After reading reviews and asking around from friends and colleagues, I ordered 10 white t-shirts from Shopbop, ranging from $20 to $98. Read on for my reviews, including my top choice:
Vince has always been one of my favorite brands, but this tee is just not doing me any favors. The neckline is way too high, and the material, while soft, is very stiff and hugs in an unflattering way. It's almost like a baby tee up top, but the actual length of the tee is way too long to work with most outfits.
Even though Stateside is one of my favorite loungewear brands, I'm not loving the look of this tee. It's tight in the wrong places and is a little too 90s for my taste. While it is nicely fitted in my chest, it's not a tee I'd reach for.
When this first arrived, I was surprised at how non-white this is in person. It's faded more to a tea stain appearance, which I actually really like. The tee is beyond comfortable, and it's super soft without being too slippery. I love how this feels similar to a vintage tee– I'll definitely be keeping this one!
Rag and Bone's tee is a solid option, but it is very expensive, so you really have to love it in order to keep it. It has a slight burnout look to the fabric, and it's a better length than a lot of the other tees I tried on. While it hugs really nicely, I don't know if I'm in love with it enough to justify the price.
My Karla x Hanes crop tank is easily one of my most reached for items in my wardrobe, which is why I was beyond disappointed when I hated this tee. The material is very stiff, to the point where the collar feels almost like a mock neck, and it's really small and tight in my normal size. Perhaps you could wear this to a more formal event, but as an everyday tee, it just doesn't work.
James Perse is always a great, reliable option for me. This tee is slightly oversized in the best way possible (I went for a size 2 instead of my usual size 1). It feels great to the touch since it's "starchy in a good way," and with good proportions, it's easy to half tuck into vintage jeans or a skirt.
This is a great option, especially if you're looking for something a bit shorter. It has a slightly wider neckline, which can be flattering on a large bust, and the tee has the best soft distressing at the hem. It tugs slightly when tucked, but I really like the overall feel of this tee.
I own this tee in black, and while I appreciate the distressed burnout pattern in the black, I actually don't like it at all in the white. I probably won't be keeping it, but if you do like the look of it, I can attest that the tee is super soft and gets even softer the more you wash it.
This tee isn't too tight or too boatneck, so it's a great option if you're looking for a traditional white tee. The sleeves are well fitted, but it's way too long for my taste. I would never leave it untucked if I were to keep this.
Madewell is usually a great affordable tee option, but this one just didn't sit quite right. While I appreciate the detail of the rolled sleeve, it doesn't hit at a flattering length. The shirt itself is also way too long. It bunches a ton at the waist and ends up looking beyond unflattering. Instead, I've heard great things about this Madewell option, which I recommend if you're looking for a budget tee!
While it's super fun to try on a ton of different tops and declare the best one, white tees are truly so specific to your taste that it's hard to say I found the best one. If you're like me though, and want something fitted, medium length, and easy to tuck, you can't go wrong with the RE/DONE Classic Tee. Although it's an investment, I can tell this is a tee that will last me years and get better with age. If $78 is not quite in your price range, definitely seek out Madewell tees, just try and avoid anything with too long of a hem or cuffed sleeves!
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