Style | August 11, 2020 12:18 pm

The 15 Best White T-Shirts You Can Buy Right Now

Simple, yes, but not basic.

Best white t-shirts for men

The white t-shirt has long been touted as an iconic and necessary piece of clothing. Thanks to the likes (and sex appeal) of James Dean and Marlon Brando, the simplicity of the tee was made alluring. But despite its supposed iconic status, the white t-shirt as it exists in many closets today is an afterthought, something bought out of necessity rather than want, and then treated as such. But instead of treating the white t-shirt as disposable, it’s time to start viewing it as a serious part of your wardrobe.

So let go of the old, worn and probably yellowed white tees you’ve been wearing for way too long and invest in some that can actually be worn as standalone pieces. Below are 15 white t-shirts, from sustainable to affordable to splurge options, all ideal for incorporating into your wardrobe as permanent pieces.

The Classics

Entireworld Recycled Cotton Classic tshirt

Entireworld Recycled Cotton Classic T

It doesn’t get anymore classic than this. Entireworld’s Recycled Cotton Classic T is on the slimmer side, but neither too long or too short in length.

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee

Forty Five Supima Crew Tee

If softness is one of your priorities when it comes to a t-shirt, Forty Five’s Supima Crew Tee fits the bill. The 100% USA-grown Supima cotton means softness with every wear, while the attention to detail and craftsmanship sets it apart. It’s the kind of tee you can slip on with a pair of jeans and leave you feeling like a movie star.

J.Crew Slub Cotton No-Pocket T-Shirt

J.Crew Slub Cotton No-Pocket T-Shirt

J.Crew’s slub cotton lends this t-shirt a more textured look and feel that’ll help it stand out ever-so-slightly from other white tees. And if you find yourself inclined to layer, this one will work just as well under a sweater, jacket or button-down.

The Affordables

Uniqlo Men Supima Cotton Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

Uniqlo Men Supima Cotton Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

It’s only natural that the purveyor of affordable basics, Uniqlo, be included in the list. There’s really no beating a $10 t-shirt, especially one crafted out of 100% Supima Cotton. And if you find yourself prone to stains, it’s the perfect white tee for stocking up on.

Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew

Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew

Everlane includes this tee as part of their “Uniform” collection, which means you probably should, too. While $18 still might seem on the pricey side for a plain white t-shirt, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a cheaper version that’s certified organic.

Calvin Klein Underwear 2-Pack Short Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt

Calvin Klein Underwear 2-Pack Short Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt

Who doesn’t love a two-for-one, especially when it’s from a brand as iconic as Calvin Klein?

The Pockets

Madewell Garment-Dyed Allday Crewneck Pocket Tee

Madewell Garment-Dyed Allday Crewneck Pocket Tee

Some might think of a pocket on a t-shirt as nerdy, but some of us have sunglasses that need holding! Besides, this slouchy, slightly off-white crewneck from Madewell will make you look anything but nerdy. We’d go so far as to say it would even make you look cool.

Richer Poorer Men's Pima Crew Pocket Tee

Richer Poorer Men’s Pima Crew Pocket Tee

As if you needed any more incentive to buy this perfect pocket tee from Richer Poorer, $5 from every one purchased will be matched by This Is About Humanity, The Cross Border Xpress to help raise $100,000 for emergency food efforts at the border.

UO Scoop Neck Curved Hem Tee

UO Scoop Neck Curved Hem Tee

Sometimes you want a white t-shirt that’s a little outside the box. This cream (not white) tee from Urban Outfitters features a longer, curved hem and slouchier silhouette.

The Splurges

James Perse Combed Cotton Jersey T-Shirt

James Perse Combed Cotton Jersey T-Shirt

James Perse has long been heralded as maker of the perfect white t-shirt, and for good reason. This pristine offering is cut from an ultra-soft cotton jersey so it’s not only good-looking but comfortable.

Acne Studios Logo-Appliquéd Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

Acne Studios Logo-Appliquéd Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt

You might think this is just another white t-shirt, but if you look closely you’ll notice a little icon on the chest resembling a displeased emoji. The appliquéd patch might seem random, but it’s actually Acne Studios’ official/unofficial logo. So if you want to signal to others just how cool you are, wear this and see who notices.

Sunspel Sea Island Cotton Crew Neck Tee

Sunspel Sea Island Cotton Crew Neck Tee

Okay, nearly $200 might seem like a lot for a white t-shirt, but this isn’t one of those things you purchase and wear with abandon. Rather, let this shirt from Sunspel be the end-all-be-all of white t-shirts in your wardrobe, the one you pull out for very special occasions. Just no eating and drinking while wearing it.

The Sustainables

Noah Recycled Cotton Tee

Noah Recycled Cotton Tee

Give yourself a little pat on the back when wearing this Noah tee crafted from 100% recycled cotton. Although you might be sacrificing some uniformity when it comes to the fabric, and it might not be as pristine as non-recycled options, you won’t be sacrificing any comfort or style. Besides, its imperfections are what make it worth buying.

Outerknown Sojourn Tee

Outerknown Sojourn Tee

Sometimes, it’s okay for your white tee to get a little dirty. If you can’t resist adventure, even while wearing white, opt for the Sojourn Tee from Outerknown. The 100% Organic Pima Peruvian Cotton means the tee is both light and soft, thus conducive to outdoor activities.

Vuori Clothing Tuvalu Tee

Vuori Clothing Tuvalu Tee

We’re willing to bet you have yet to encounter a t-shirt made from organic seaweed and sustainable wood pulp, but if you’re looking to purchase one, look no further than Vuori Clothing’s Tuvalu Tee.

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