I'm a Stylist—This Basic Buy Is My Most Worn Item All Year Round

Every wardrobe needs its foundation pieces, and every foundation piece needs to tick a particular set of boxes to make the cut. Firstly, it must be seasonless. No stashing it away once summer rolls around; instead, it should be easily incorporated into your year-round wardrobe. It should also transcend the trends, and generally be immune to fluctuations in your style. Of course, this is difficult to predict, but you know the pieces I’m talking about. Blue jeans, black boots, a blazer… Oh, and the white t-shirt.

The perfect white tee is surprisingly difficult to find, though as clothing goes it’s about as simple as it gets. The fabric is crucial for longevity—we’re team cotton all the way—and you want to choose a cut that will work with all your most-loved pieces. If you wear high-rise jeans on the regular, you might opt for a boxy cropped tee to avoid awkward bunching around the waist area. If you plan on layering your white T-shirt under dresses and blazers, consider a slimline fit. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of iterations to pick from, and the good news is we’ve already narrowed it down for you.

Below, you'll find our round-up of the 15 best white T-shirts for women, as well as some "wear with" options. But first, take a look at how some of our favourite influencers have been styling this staple lately.


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Anna wears a Tôteme tee with blue jeans—and enduringly chic combination.


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Tuck your slimline white T-shirt into a mini skirt and add a relaxed blazer, like Francesca.


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Brittany makes a case for white-on-white, styling her Arket tee with wide jeans and platform flip-flops.


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You can also wear this basic with trendy pieces; see Samantha's cool cargo skirt and cropped white tee combo.


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Monikh shows that sometimes simple is best with her black jeans and trainers pairing.





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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.