From James Dean, Marlon Brando, David Beckham to Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles, the iconic undergarment piece has been widely regarded for its simplicity which allows it to shape up to almost any kind of outfit and occasion.
Its versatility is what makes it a fashion staple for everyone.
From James Dean, Marlon Brando, David Beckham to Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles, the iconic undergarment piece has been widely regarded for its simplicity which allows it to shape up to almost any kind of outfit and occasion: paired it with dark jeans and a leather jacket, or with an open shirt for a casual look, or chinos with a textured blazer for smart casual.
From its military origins to an undergarment fit the white tee is one that proves to pass the test of time, weather, and trends. From casual, sporty to formal, the white t-shirt is a style canvas, yet its simplicity is a double-edged sword, so choosing the right one is, be its fabric, designs, neck type, and fit is essential. Here are some tips and selections of the best white t-shirts.
Most white t-shirts are 100% cotton however, the type of cotton a white tee is made can vary. Generally, the longer the cotton fibers are, the higher its quality and durability.
Upland/highland cotton.- Mostly found in most fast fashion garments due to its lower cost, but its short staples (20 to 30mm) makes it of medium quality.
Pima cotton.- One of the finest varieties of fine cotton which is softer and stronger than standard cotton due to its long fibers ( > 35mm), being resistant to tearing, wrinkling, and fading.
Supima (superior + Pima)cotton.- High-quality form of cotton considered to be one of the softest and strongest in the world. It has extra-long fibers and its resistance to pilling (formation of tangled cotton fibers balls that form as they age) makes it highly regarded and use for luxurious brands. Genuine Supima is certified by the American Supima Association (ASA).
Organic cotton.- Cotton that has been organically-grown, meaning no genetically modified seeds, pesticides, or chemicals are used. Its ups are that it uses less water and energy, unlike conventional cotton, having fewer environmental impacts.
The Perfect Fit
Not Too Tight Not Too Long: One key aspect when choosing a t-shirt is that it fits well, meaning that 1) you can feel, move and, breathe comfortably in it and 2) it accentuates your body shape naturally. The way a t-shirt fits you can make or break your look; make it too tight to the body and it may appear you are a gym lover or a that you have a tight-meat look highlighting love handles, make it too long and you will be wearing a grade-school nightgown.
Choose a t-shirt that covers your body without hugging it and long enough to tuck in but without hanging below your hips, letting you raise and move your arms easily without worrying to expose your abs every time you make the slightest movement.
Shoulders, Sleeves, Neck, and Hips.Sleeves should be in the middle of the upper arms at most and not too tight, if its too loose it would make your arms look small, too tight and your armpits will be restricted. The same applies to the neck zone, if you are using crewneck, make sure it doesn’t fit too tight or else it would make you look you are being strangled by your tee, too loose and the neck zone would appear stretched out and give the impression you use it before losing weight or that it has been worn many times. When it comes to hips, the t-shirt should end at the top of your hips.
Style and Simplicity
The appeal that makes a white t-shirt a wardrobe staple is its simplicity which makes it versatile to use on different outfits and pieces. In this sense, the simplicity of the white tee also refers to less is more, so don’t wear white t-shirts that have unnecessary graphic logos at the torso.