Originally published on July 31, 2019.
Legend has it, the perfect white tee can changes lives.
I say this with only the slightest bit of tongue-in-cheek delivery, as myself (and many others) can attest, finding that perfect off-duty item—be it the perfect white tee—is like experiencing the world’s most luxurious mattress. Your life will never be the same. Similarly, that favorite sweatshirt, a treasured pair of slacks, the leggings you want to live in…the list goes on for creations to covet. And within each one of these wonders runs a current of commonality, the thread that ties them all together: superior comfort.
If you’re like me, then you very well know that comfort drives the majority of all wardrobe decisions when off the clock (and heck, even on the clock, for that matter). This time of year, with high season at its peak, my personal comfort is derived from any piece that’s breathable enough to keep me cool in my non-air-conditioned apartment (or out about town, running from one errand to the next). That’s where the ever-classic white tee comes into play. Intrinsically comfortable with its soft fabrication, clean lines, and easy shape, it’s the one building block that transcends seasons (looking just as chic solo as it does layered under a sturdy leather jacket!) and exudes off-duty ease without even trying.
Now take those qualities and amplify them to unprecedented levels and what do you have? A wardrobe staple that elevates the everyday beyond measure. Here, I’ve rounded up 5 minimal-chic white tee styles that will help you blend in, yet also stand out—consider them your blank canvas for drawing up your own distinctive off-duty look.
1. ‘The Cotton Crew’ by Everlane ($18)
2. Slim Crewneck Tee by Cuyana ($45)
3. Relaxed V-Neck Tee by Reformation ($28)
4. Essential Boatneck in White by Boden ($35)
5. ‘Made It’ T-Shirt by ADAY ($78)
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