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The fashion equivalent of buttered toast, a white T-shirt is a wardrobe basic that’s tran-seasonal and timeless.
According to Lana Wilkinson, celebrity stylist and founder of the Lana Wilkinson shoe brand, a crisp white T-shirt will easily be the most well-worn item in any woman’s closet.
“A white T-shirt is the ultimate wardrobe staple as it is appropriate for all months of the year, making the styling possibilities endless,” she tells news.com.au.
“Whether you’re layering it under a blazer, or on its own with your favourite denim, statement black or track pant, it is truly the most versatile piece in your wardrobe.”
WHITE T-SHIRTS TO TRY
CREW NECK WHITE T-SHIRTS
The original T-shirt design, the crew neck T-shirt is the perfect option for everyone.
Tommy Hilfiger Icon Slim Crew Neck SS Top, $79.95
As with all Tommy Hilfiger designs, this slim fit T-shirt is classic and understated.
It’s created with organic cotton jersey that has a natural stretch to it.
Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton Straight Fit T-Shirt, $14.95
A straight cut, crew neck T-shirt is a versatile addition to any wardrobe.
It’s made from sustainably sourced cotton and with its StayNew™ technology, this one will stay bright white for longer.
Forever New Riley Basic Tee, $29.99
This relaxed fit crew neck tee works perfectly tucked into a high-waisted skirt or paired with jeans.
It’s made from organic cotton and has a simple relaxed fit, making it a fuss-free addition to your wardrobe.
Cotton On The One Crew Tee, $19.95
A stellar crew neck T-shirt option, this Cotton On tee is created with 100 per cent cotton.
With a relaxed fit and curved hem, it’s ready to accompany you on any casual outing.
Roxy Women’s Surfing In Rhythm T-Shirt, $45.99
Lightweight and loose fitting, this T-shirt is the perfect option for comfy dressing.
It’s created with 100 per cent cotton and features roll up sleeves too.
V-NECK WHITE T-SHIRTS
A great option for women with bigger busts, V-necks are forever in style.
Atmos & Here Essential Cotton V-neck Tee, $19.99
A go-to affordable v-neck T-shirt, this Atmos & Here option is stretchy and appears ever so slightly sheer under light.
It’s created with 100 per cent cotton jersey and features a straight hemline.
Lauren By Ralph Lauren Lounge V-neck T-Shirt, $90
It’s the subtle ribbed fabric that gives this v-neck T-shirt the edge.
Made from 100 per cent cotton, it features short sleeves and a regular fit.
Stradivarius V-neck T-Shirt, $14
Giving you plenty of change from a $20 note, this T-shirt is a brilliant budget option.
Created from 100 per cent cotton it’s super soft and comfy.
Reux Lee V-neck Tee, $69.95
If you prefer your T-shirts a little dressier, this is a great option thanks to its keyhole back feature.
Its boxy cut makes it ideal for pairing with jeans or pants and boots or sandals.
Marks & Spencer Pure Cotton V-Neck T-shirt, $21
This simple v-neck slub T-shirt with subtle texturing is perfect for everyday wear.
It’s created with sustainably sourced cotton.
Boden The Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt, $40
This 100 per cent cotton T-shirt features a relaxed fit that will seamlessly adapt to your summer or winter wardrobe.
It’s created with textured slub jersey for added dimension.
CROPPED WHITE T-SHIRTS
Perfect to pair with high-waisted skirts and jeans, a cropped T-shirt is a great staple to add to your collection.
Topshop Picot Trim T-Shirt, $19.95
This is a white T-shirt with a decidedly feminine touch thanks to its delicate picot trim around the neckline and sleeves.
It’s created with lightweight, ribbed, stretchy cotton that’s semi-sheer.
Atmos & Here Jackson Fitted Crop Tee, $24.99
Bare your midriff in this slim fit cropped T-shirt with fun ribbed detailing.
Created from stretchy jersey, it’ll easily slip into weekly rotation.
Cotton On The One Baby Tee, $14.99
A cropped T-shirt with a relaxed vibe, this Cotton On option can be thrown on with a mini skirt or paired with palazzo pants.
It’s got natural stretch to it and is created with 100 per cent cotton jersey.
If you prefer your T-shirts a little roomier or longer, a relaxed fit is the way to go.
Everlane Air Oversized Crew Tee, $39
This oversized T-shirt is perfect teamed with denim and white sneakers for a relaxed day out.
Created with lightweight, drapey, 100 per cent cotton fabric, it’s easy to style with your existing wardrobe.
Camilla And Marc Vida Metallic Logo Tee, $180
This oversized crew neck T-shirt features Camilla & Marc’s signature logo on the back in an embossed metallic finish.
Created with cotton jersey, it’ll look just as good styled with jeans or activewear.
ASOS Design Ultimate Oversized T-Shirt, $20
If you like your oversized T-shirts well and truly roomy, this loose, boyfriend-style option is perfect.
Its drop shoulders add to the relaxed look and it’s created with soft jersey.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT WHITE T-SHIRT FOR ME?
Despite being such a simple item, there’s nothing simple about finding the perfect white T-shirt, so what should we look for?
Nicole Adolphe, Head of Style at THE ICONIC, says there’s “no right or wrong answer, it really comes down to personal preference” but there are a few things to consider.
Choosing a cut that works with your body shape will ensure you’re always comfortable.
“Generally speaking, I suggest deeper V-necks for bigger busts, while higher crew necks tend to be more flattering on smaller builds,” Nicole tells news.com.au. “From here it’s important to know what you’re after. Do you like slim, over-size, boxy, or a standard fit? As for sleeves, are you after a fitted, boxy, capped or a rolled aesthetic. Once you know what you’re looking for it’s easier to find the right cut.”
WHAT LENGTH SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Before you add to cart, Nicole says it’s worth determining whether you prefer a cropped T-shirt or whether you’d like something longer you can French tuck into your jeans.
“Do you prefer a longer length T-shirt? If you aren’t fussed, a mixture of different lengths and cuts in your white tee wardrobe means multiple styling options, depending on the look you’re going for,” Nicole says.
WHAT FABRIC SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A WHITE T-SHIRT?
Yes, the fabric you select will also impact how the T-shirt feels and looks. “Go for organic cotton jersey if you want that soft T-shirt feel, linen jersey for something more breathable, or for a more opaque (less sheer) option, I recommend opting for a cotton jersey fabric,” says Nicole.
Lana agrees that “natural fibres” are the key to a standout white T-shirt. “I tend to choose styles made with organic cotton as these are breathable but still thick enough to be worn to the office with a blazer in the cooler months,” she says.
SHOULD I LOOK IN THE MEN’S DEPARTMENT FOR WHITE T-SHIRTS?
An untapped resource of white T-shirt gold? The men’s fashion department. “Don’t be afraid to venture into the men’s department when looking for your next white T-shirt,” says Lana. “Men’s basics are usually less expensive and are cut in an effortlessly relaxed way, so they can be perfectly paired with a tailored pant, short or denim.”
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