The Underrated Yet Extremely Essential Fall Basic I'm Buying on the Cheap

There are some fashion items that are so rudimentary that I can never remember to buy them, and when I really need them and tell myself to order them, I forget as soon as I see a bright, shiny object to order instead. Know what I mean? In this case, the thing I always forget to buy but always need (this time of year especially) is long-sleeve T-shirts—both solid and striped. The ones I wear the most usually have a crew-neck, and I find that owning a combination of fitted and oversize ones will do you the most service.

My observation is that long-sleeve T-shirts often get overshadowed by short-sleeve tees, sweatshirts, and sweaters. But when you need to layer or when you need something that's not too warm but not too light, your best bet is a long-sleeve tee. In case you need to be reminded just how essential they are to an outfit, I found a whole slew of examples for you. And in case you need to stock up on them, I'm sharing 16 of my current favorites, most of which are under $100. Scroll to be convinced.

The Outfit Ideas

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@basicstouch

Style Notes: When shopping for striped tees, go for an oversize one for the most current look.

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@tylynnnguyen

Style Notes: For ballerina vibes, opt for a scoop-neck second-skin tee.

Style Notes: When your bottoms are loose, it's always a good idea to pair them with a slim tee (and vise versa).

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@raeannlangas

Style Notes: Shorts and a long-sleeve tee will always be a go-to early-fall outfit combo.

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@anna__laplaca

Style Notes: A cream-colored tee looks especially chic with checked trousers.

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@smythsisters

Style Notes: Striped tees are great with jeans but even better with leather pants.

Style Notes: Stock up on close-fitting tees for layering.

Style Notes: Just another great example of slim on the bottom, loose on top.

Style Notes: Want a tee that's a bit more dressed up? Get yourself one with shoulder pads.

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@greceghanem

Style Notes: Neutrals are great, but having a couple of colorful ones on hand is also recommended.

Long-sleeve T-shirt outfit

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@claire_most

Style Notes: Never underestimate the power of a cool neckline.

The Best Tees

I love the chocolate-brown stripes on this perfect tee.

This perfect little tee is a Reformation classic, and it comes in so many good colors.

Skims fitted tees are cult favorites for a reason.

Celebs like Hailey Bieber are obsessed with this brand.

This It-color tee is sure to sell out.

Camel tees are incredibly useful.

Madewell's Whisper tees are the stuff of legends.

It doesn't get more classic than this.

Everything Alo makes is soft and cool, including this tee.

Everlane will always be an amazing source for excellent affordable tees.

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