I Own a Dizzying Number of White T-Shirts and Think These 8 Are the Best

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Everyone has that one item they can't stop buying no matter how many versions they already have. For some, it's shoes, for others, it's bags or accessories. For me, it's white T-shirts. I recently went to clear out my closet and realized that my dresser drawers were bursting with repeats of the same classic basic. Somewhere along the way, I became a low-key hoarder of them and when I finally sat down to gut my closet, I got the chance to reevaluate the many iterations I've collected over the years. A number of them went straight to the donation pile but the few that went back into their places are what I'm considering the best white T-shirts in the game.

I've decided that each of the versions below are worthy of their spot in my closet because they fulfill a specific category of T-shirt. Whether it's the vintage tee that's perfectly worn in and soft or the sculpting tee that rivals my actual shapewear, my collection of white tees has been well vetted. Ahead, I'm taking you through each of them and explaining why I think they're the best of their kind (with the mirror selfies to show for it).

Best Lightweight T-Shirt

Madewell Whisper Cotton Rib-Crewneck Tee

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Wearing: Madewell Whisper Cotton Rib-Crewneck Tee ($20); Wilfred by Aritzia Effortless Pants ($148); Koio Bari Loafers ($298); Necklet Triple Layering Clasp ($42), Maldives Chain ($48), and Snake Chain ($32)

Whisper is right. I'd been eyeing Madewell's top-selling tee for a while now, but after trying it out I can honestly say it lives up to the hype. It's lighter-than-air feel is so comfortable.

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I appreciated how the material looks semi-sheer but doesn't actually show anything underneath. The best of both worlds.

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Best Vintage T-Shirt

Re/Done Heritage Cotton Classic Tee

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Wearing: Re/Done Heritage Cotton Classic Tee ($95); vintage pants; Necklet Triple Layering Clasp ($42), Maldives Chain ($48), and Snake Chain ($32); ARSN Your Rolex Doesn't Impress Me Ring ($58)

I'm such a sucker for vintage staples, and Re/Done's Heritage tee gets a 10/10 in my book. It's slightly boxy and has that soft worn-in feel that I usually only find from digging through a rack of thrift tees.

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Note how the color isn't a true white which gives it a lived-in look.

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Best Boxy T-Shirt

Mother Denim Rowdy Bright White Tee

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Wearing: Mother Rowdy Bright White Tee ($95); vintage skirt; Elleme Cache Cache Mules ($405); Necklet Triple Layering Clasp ($42), Maldives Chain ($48), and Snake Chain ($32)

On the other hand, this is my favorite for a fresh-out-of-the-packaging look. It makes sense that a denim brand as beloved as Mother would offer the perfect tees to accompany its jeans and this one is boxy, oversize perfection.

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It's all in the name: This tee is crisp and bright white.

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Best Sculpting T-Shirt

Express Body Contour Cropped Tee

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Wearing: Express Body Contour Cropped Crew ($24); Wilfred by Aritzia Effortless Pants ($148); Koio Bari Loafers ($298); Necklet Triple Layering Clasp ($42), Maldives Chain ($48), and Snake Chain ($32)

I've never had the urge to describe a tee as polished until I tried this cropped tee from Express. It's like your favorite pair of compression leggings—it sculpts, lifts, and smooths everything out for one pulled-together look. I'll definitely be buying multiple.

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I love how expensive it looks with tailored trousers.

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Best Baby Tee

Lacausa Frank Tee

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Wearing: Lacausa Frank Tee ($48); Agolde Pinch Waist Jeans ($198); Koio Bari Loafers ($298); Necklet Triple Layering Clasp ($42), Maldives Chain ($48), and Snake Chain ($32)

I'll tell anyone who will listen about my love for Lacausa's Frank Tee. It's somewhere in between a baby tee and classic fit—slightly shrunken but not tight—plus, it's feather-light. I wear mine at least twice a week.

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Another look at the tissue-thin texture.

Best Oversize T-Shirt

Good American Essential Boyfriend Crew

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Wearing: Good American Essential Boyfriend Crew ($39); vintage Levi's; Elleme Etoile Heels ($405)

Peak comfy—that's how I'd describe Good American's Essential Boyfriend Crew. Made from a weighty fabric, it's got a wide cut and longer hem that's perfect for doing a half-tuck like I did here with jeans or wearing over bike shorts or leggings.

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I like the off-white tone of this one.

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Best Stretch T-Shirt

Cotton Citizen Classic Tee

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Wearing: Cotton Citizen Classic Tee ($65); Levi's Ribcage Bootcut Jeans ($98); Jenny Bird Stevie Necklace ($140)

Cotton Citizen has cool loungewear down to an art form, so it's no surprise that its T-shirts are equally as good. Its Classic Tee has remained a fixture in my wardrobe for years now, sticking it out through multiple apartments and countless closet cleanouts, which I think speaks for itself.

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I love this one so much I have it in black, too.

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Best Ribbed T-Shirt

Brandy Melville Hazel Top

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Last, but definitely not least. Whatever your thoughts on Brandy Melville are, you can't deny that its basics are surprisingly good. The baby tees, in particular, are perfectly shrunken and so comfy. Judge me if you want for shopping there, but I've never been more satisfied.

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That ribbing, though.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.