This is without a doubt the start of white t-shirt season and time for you to go through your collection, chuck those that aren’t pristine and invest in a few new ones. If you’re anything like me you wear a white t-shirt more throughout spring and summer than anything else.
For the purposes of this post I’m referring to your absolutely plain white t-shirt, the one that works with everything from smart jacket to weekend casual – you probably already have several of these. I don’t think you can have too many.
I like mine to be quite fitted, with a scoop or v neck, not too long and made of something preferably with a little extra stretch in it other than pure cotton. Cotton and modal are my current preference. There is so much pure linen around that looks lovely on the shelves but I suggest that unless you’re in complete control of your washing you be careful with these. Yes they look good but boy do they shrink if they creep into the dryer by mistake.
My favourite places for white t-shirts in the UK from designer to high street, are Net-a-Porter, particularly for the US brands, Hallhuber at House of Fraser, Gap for basics that never let you down and White Stuff. I never want to pay too much because inevitably you’re going to get coffee or worse on yours and then it’ll need replacing.
In the US I go to Target – their t-shirts are brilliant to wear and brilliantly priced. J Crew, Banana Republic and Loft. Favourite department store Nordstrom carries brands such as Caslon and far too many designer brands to list here (and you can also pay the earth for something very simple). Also in the US check out Anne Taylor if you’re looking for something a little dressier to wear under a suit jacket.
The stores are full of t-shirts particularly at this time of year. Neon orange and yellow are hitting the center stage, but if you’re looking for the best basic go for white. If you want yours extra fitted go a size down.