Wardrobe staple: The perfect white tee

Our edit of the best white t-shirts for every budget



No capsule wardrobe is complete without the perfect white t-shirt, a real staple in the spring months that easily pulls an outfit together. It may be often overlooked as a boring basic but the humble white tee really is so versatile. Layered under a khaki jacket with blue jeans and backless loafers for day time, worn under a navy blazer, blue jeans and heels for dinner. Or, for a night out, black leather trousers, a white tee, black blazer and heeled boots, looks stylish without trying too hard.


You want one that washes well, in a soft fabric, not see through and bright white. With so many on the market we’ve compiled the best for every budget…


ATM – 

Arguably the most well cut style out there, Anthony Thomas Mellilo knows how to make a good tee. The signature ‘school boy’ style seen here is made from the softest slub cotton-jersey ensuring its comfort, and whilst it’s not at the more reasonable end of the edit, it looks just as good on its own tucked into jeans as it does layered.


ATM Schoolbody Slub T-Shirt, £90


& Other Stories – 

As they’re worn so much, it can be useful to have more than one white t-shirt. If you’re after something with a little more interest, you can’t beat this Stories option. Made from 100% linen which is a great fabric for the warmer months and can look slightly more elevated than cotton. Tuck into skirts and trousers or even wear to the beach with shorts, every wardrobe needs a white linen tee.


& Other Stories Classic Crewneck Tee, £23


James Perse – 

Specially dyed and softened for a worn in look, this v-neck tee is perfect for summer and of supreme quality. Layer necklaces and pair with a printed midi or maxi skirt and your spring/ summer go to outfit is sorted.


James Perse Casual Slub T-shirt, £75


Arket – 

Arket really delivers on high quality basics at an affordable price point and their t-shirts are no different. Custom knit from a smooth, compact and naturally whiter long staple cotton, this is a firm favourite with fashion editors, and at only £12 you really can’t go wrong.


Arket Crew-Neck T-shirt, £12


COS – 

Quality is important in a white t-shirt as its vital that the fabric is not see through and COS is another brand that offers superior basics. Their crew neck cotton t-shirt in crisp white, (the navy and white striped is also particularly nice) is a basic that will see you through many seasons to come.


COS T-Shirt, £15