Despite their simplicity, basics aren’t always an easy thing to get right. With fewer frills and flash to distract from potentially imperfect silhouettes and proportions, it's all up to the tailoring and quality to deliver. Since we're always on a quest to find which basics reign supreme, today, we’re venturing back to square one with the humble white tee. A wardrobe building block, white t-shirts for the fashion set are very much like opinions for everyone else-every has one. Yet it does takes some trial and error to figure out which works for your styling needs and body. To save you the effort (and money) of test-driving every single white t-shirt out there, we turned to the people most likely qualified to weigh in on the subject: stylists.
Along with safety pins, double-sided fashion tape, and arsenals of lint rollers, every good stylist keeps a white tee or two within their on set prop kit, so it's no surprise that their recommendations are right on the mark. From Insecure's costume designer to Gabrielle Union's stylist and more, I asked 11 of today's top stylists to give me their unfiltered opinions on the best white tees around. Whether you're shopping on a budget or looking for something luxe, there are plenty of great options ahead.
"Jean Colonna’s sheer, ribbed tank tops changed the tank top game for me. I discovered them while working for Carine Roitfeld and nothing has compared to them since - complete perfection. I come across them from time to time on eBay or vintage shopping so I have a few in my kit. My favorite t-shirt of all time is a very soft, worn-in one I stole from another stylist's kit, Kathryn Typaldos. I wear it all the time! But other than that, its less about the brand and more about how well it fits a particular client. Acne, Dries and Uniqlo t-shirts have never steered me wrong in fit, shape or colors."–Shiona
"To me, the ideal white t-shirt is soft, yet not too clingy, and without a super short sleeve. Overall I typically prefer a more relaxed silhouette. For shoots, layering, and just all-around greatness, I stock up on packs of Hanes Tagless tees for men. After washing they tend to develop a more lived-in look that I love." –Rebecca
"My favorite white t-shirt is one from The Row. My mentor and friend, Matt Henson, gifted me a white short sleeve t-shirt years ago and it’s perfect. At the time I was going through a James Dean phase, wearing only white tees and denim. They’re so simple but so special (the label is made of metal instead of your typical woven)." –Corey
"It can seem pretty unusual but all my white tank tops and t-shirts are vintage from the 80s-90s! They belonged to my uncle when he was a kid, so I still have tons of them. They're from the classic French brand Petit Bateau in girls' size 12, and really are the best ones ever! They're the perfect fit–not too large, and not too tight. But also kind of sexy...? Well, at least I feel sexy in them! Even after all these years, they're still available."–Emma
“The white tee is not only just a staple, it’s almost like a badge of honor–you really can’t have enough! When I’m on set I want to be comfortable and feel like I’m in my own skin. This tee from The Front General Store in Dumbo is a special secret of mine for their cotton tees from Japan and vintage band tees.” –Ian