Every Editor On Our Team Bought This Specific Style of T-Shirt This Week

In the fashion realm, cult pieces often find their origins in unexpected corners, though it's clear that there's still gas in the Y2K aesthetic which has borne yet another trend. Cue baby tees, which have been winning over the style set in recent weeks. But what exactly constitutes a baby tee? 

Essentially, baby tees are cropped T-shirts which are often tight-fitting (but not always).These pint-sized garments feature a shorter length, typically ending just above the waist, and are reminiscent of the tees that were commonplace in the early '00s—the sort worn by Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, often in tandem with low-rise jeans and skirts slung low on their hips. Back in the day, baby tees often showcased playful graphics, motifs, and vibrant colours, though 2023's take looks somewhat more refined than the crops that dominated my own wardrobe first time around. 

This week when I added a couple of cute cropped tees to my latest Zara order that I realised I'd been unwittingly influenced to do so. Be it on Instagram or TikTok, my eyes have been opened to the fact that baby tees are absolutely everywhere right now, and their presence is affecting the entire Who What Wear team. Upon sharing my observation on our group Slack channel, floods of messages poured in; "So that's why I suddenly want to buy one!", "I hear the Skims baby tee is really great", and "I've been trying to shrink an old T-shirt this week" were just some of exchanges we shared. 

Baby tees are still basics; wardrobe foundations that work with a significant amount of other clothing, so they're pretty well open to any styling interpretation you see fit. Lean even farther into the Y2K aesthetic by paring yours with cargo trousers (here's looking at you, Sofia Richie), or take the quiet luxury approach with some chic suiting and heels. Either way, summer's looking cropped, and I'm here for it. 

Scroll on to see how fashion people are currently wearing the baby tee trend and shop some of my favourites on the market. 

Shop the Baby Tee Trend


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It doesn't get simpler than a plain white baby tee worn with blue jeans. 


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The perfect accompaniment to trending short sets. 


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Invest in a black baby tee and wear with white trousers for a sophisticated look. 


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Tan-coloured baby tees look so high end, especially when worn with tailored trousers. 


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Give your suit a cool spin with, you guessed it, an itty bitty baby tee. 


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Who said your baby tee had to be plain? 


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Looser-fitting styles look just as chic. 


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This is Y2K styling at its finest. 


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Hailey Bieber goes back to basics with a white baby t-shirt, blue jeans, and heels. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.