My favorite white tee shirts...

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25) is a comfortable, light slub tee I love.

This post is for Carrie, who asked me a couple of weeks ago in a comment what my favorite white/ivory tee shirts are. The answer, in typical shopping lover fashion, is that I don't have a favorite tee shirt but rather many favorites! This post is devoted to them, and why I love each.

Take the Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25, above). It comes in many color options which is important to me because when I find a tee I like I tend to pick it up in at least 2 colors. It's soft and long (I loooove long tees), with a deep u-neck that never stimulates my gag reflex the way crewnecks can. And it's perfect for the weekend with its thin heathery material, perfect for pairing with a lacy bra you can see through the tee.

Inside, more of my favorite white tees, from stark white to softest ivory...

Madewell's 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee ($20), shown here via Nordstrom 
and also at Madewell of course, is a wonderful pocket tee that's easy to layer.

When it comes to tee shirts, my qualifications for each purpose are different. Across all purposes I want a tee shirt that is first and foremost soft. (No scratchy tees for me!) Then I want either a deep crewneck or a v-neck. From there, my needs change depending on a tee's use. For a layering tee, I want it to hit below my hips. A by-itself tee should have a pocket and hit at a flattering place on my hips. Cropped tees are good for high-waisted shorts or skirts, and white tanks are a staple come summer.

One tee I absolutely love is Madewell's 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee ($20, above). It has the perfect size pocket and is the ideal casual length for me. The thick neckline does well to balance to my chest and the v-neck shows just a hint of cleavage without being over the top.

Ivory tees are very hard to find right now as optic white is having a moment, but I do love and recommend the Halogen® Curved Hem Tee (now $24) which is on sale at Nordstrom. This tee is very, very soft and though it does have a split hem the top is long enough that the hem is flattering rather than funky and hard to work with. I like to wear mine over leggings to go out or my pajama shorts at home. The wide neck is pleasant for broad shoulders like mine -- it looks great with a big necklace if you want to dress it up!

The Vintage Wash V-Neck Tee ($25) is fantastic with jeans.

Believe it or not, Gap of all places also has some fantastic tees! It's no secret that Gap's quality had fallen off a cliff for the last several years but with some basics (what they used to be known for!) the quality appears to be returning.

A few of my favorite tees from the Gap family are the Embroidered Long Sleeve Swing Top ($35) which is thin but lovely on, the First-Layer Fitted Tank for Women (now $4-$7) -- my favorite layering tank, the Fitted 2-Way Layering Tank for Women (now $5-$8) which can be a scoop or v-neck depending on which way you face it, the Fitted V-Neck Tee for Women (now $7) which has a spectacular body-skimming fit but is prone to sweat stains (at that price point I hardly care), the Signature Linen Scoop Tee ($37) which is lightweight and great with skirts or chinos, and the Vintage Wash V-Neck Tee ($25, above) which is probably my favorite of them all!

Although it has a small pocket, this tee somehow looks so damn good with jeans! I can't really explain's some combination of being the right cut, the right length, and the right shade of white to look great with denim. I love mine, and I bought another one as a backup because I tend to go through white shirts really quickly.

Those are my favorite white tee shirts. Anthropologie's Lace-Line Tee (now $40) is my favorite white long-sleeve tee, but the white is currently sold out online. What are some of your favorites?