Happy hump day, friends! It’s time for my annual white t-shirt review and comparison post.
A white t-shirt is a summer wardrobe essential, but finding the perfect one can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Some years, the offerings are better than others.
I’m happy to tell you that I have quite a few that I like this year. Most are ones I already own, but I did find a couple of new ones that are worth a look.
This year’s post is a bit different than the last few years. I don’t have nearly as many t-shirts for this year’s post. In fact, I wish I had a few more to show you. All that to say, you still may want to reference my 2020 White T-Shirt Reviews in addition to this one, as many of those (or something similar by those brands) are still available, but I did want to post an update for 2021.
Rather than showing the good, the bad, and the ugly; all of these are t-shirts that I own and recommend. I also tried a few different necklines this year, instead of keeping it to all v-necks, so I hope that’s helpful. Since I like all of these equally, I’m going to list them in order of price point. Let’s dive in!
2021 White T-Shirt Reviews: The Best White T-Shirts
Sizing Note: I’m 5’5″ and a 32F, and I typically wear a small in t-shirts and sweaters. I’ll do my best to give guidance on sizing, but it’s hard with t-shirts because whether or not to size up depends largely on chest size. If in doubt, I recommend ordering two sizes and returning the one that doesn’t fit.
Everlane The Organic Cotton V-Neck $18
This t-shirt is 100% organic cotton with a straight hem and a narrow v-neck. It’s about as basic t-shirt as you can get, and it’s a good price, but it is my least favorite of the bunch.
The sleeves are a little too long for my liking, and I prefer a wider neckline. Plus, it’s kind of stiff, even though it’s on the thinner side. That said, if you like a very traditional fit, this one is worthy of your consideration. Definitely size up, though, if ordering; I’m wearing the medium.
Caslon Rounded V-Neck T-Shirt $19
This tee is 60% cotton/40% modal and 26″ long with a straight hem. It has a gently rounded v-neck, short sleeves, and a chest pocket. It’s listed as semi-sheer, and I would agree with that, but it’s not so thin that I feel I need a layering tank underneath.
I really like the rounded neckline, and the sleeves are a flattering length. My only complaint is the chest pocket — I’m not a fan of those, but this one isn’t terribly offensive.
This makes a really nice layering tee, and I also wear it alone. For the price, you really can’t beat it. It also comes in a slew of other colors and prints, and it runs true to size; I’m wearing the small.
BR Slub Cotton-Modal V-Neck T-Shirt $24.50
This tee is also 60% cotton/40% modal, and it’s 24″ long, so a little shorter than the two above. I already have this in the scoop neck, and I wear it a lot, but mostly as a layering tee. The way it’s a little shorter and more fitted, it works really well under jackets nad cardigans.
This v-neck version is very flattering — it’s not so low as to be revealing, but I find the shape and proportions very pleasing to the eye.
While I tend to wear mine as a base layer, the seam up the back is a nice detail, and it really should be shown. My biggest issue with this tee is that it’s almost too thin to wear without an under layer — another reason I tend to wear it under jackets and cardigans.
It also runs really small; I’m wearing the medium, and it’s none too big. As you can see by the way it fits around the shoulders, especially in the back view, I might even be able to size up to a large. So yeah, all in all, a solid choice; but definitely size up one full size.
BR Slub Cotton-Modal Crew-Neck T-Shirt $24.50
This is the only tee I ordered in two different necklines, but I was curious to try the crewneck version, and I really like it. It has the same seaming detail up the back as the v-neck, shown above, and overall, I just think it has a flattering fit, and I like the slub texture.
For the price point, I feel like these BR tees are a very good value. But again, size up if ordering this tee. I’m wearing the medium.
AllSaints Emelyn Tonic Tee $40
This tee is 100% cotton and 25 1/2″ long. It has a raw-edge v-neck tee, and the fabric is more of a smooth cotton jersey. It’s on the thiner side, but not so thin that I need a layer underneath.
While it’s hard to see in these pictures, this tee isn’t quite as stark white as the others. If you like a softer off-white shade, this is a great option.
I personally love the raw edges; they give it a subtly edgy vibe that appeals to me. It also comes in grey (which I have) and black. It washes and wears well; I’ve had the grey tee for two years, and it’s still going strong. This tee runs true to size; I’m wearing the small.
Velvet By Graham & Spencer Kira Scoop-Neck Tee $62
This tee is my new favorite. It’s 100% cotton and made in the USA. It’s 25 1/4″ long with cropped sleeves and a flattering scoop neck. The material is blissfully soft, and it has a great drape.
They really managed to nail that perfect weekend-ready casual cool vibe, and the quality is fantastic.
Yes, it’s spendy, but if you wear white t-shirts as much as I do, the cost per wear averages out over time. This tee runs true to size; I’m wearing the small.
ATM Schoolboy V-Neck T-Shirt $85
I almost didn’t include this one because it appears to be discontinued, but they do make a crewneck version that is fully stocked. The crewneck is actually their most popular tee, and it comes in other colors and prints. (I have the leopard from the #NSale last year.)
This tee is 100% cotton and 23 1/2″ length with a v-neck. It has a slightly boxy, shrunken fit, and the slubbed Peruvian cotton jersey is thicker than most slub fabrics. Whenever I wear this, I get comments on it. It’s spendy, but the quality is evident.
I love the shape of the v-neck and the slightly shorter length. It makes a great stand-alone tee, but it also layers nicely under jackets and sweaters. This is the t-shirt I reach for most often, but I have a feeling the Kira Scoop-Neck (above) is soon going to give it some stiff competition.
One caveat: Definitely size up in this tee. I have a medium in my leopard crewneck from the#NSale as well as this white v-neck, so I assume the white crewneck fits much the same.
Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee $19.50
So that’s it for this year! I also ordered this popular Madewell tee, but it didn’t arrive in time to be included in this photo shoot. Here are last year’s pictures.
As far as I know, this year’s version is the same. Its’ not my favorite because of the location of the boob pocket, and the boxy fit. The v-neck is also a little low, but all in all, this is a solid choice for the price point. It’s true to size; I have the small.
I hope this post is helpful. If you have a favorite white tee, feel free to share in the comments!
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