Easy Basic Tees


I’m a self described jeans + tee girl. And while a jeans and tee can be super easy and basic, I like to think that it can also be a cute way to show off accessories or shoes while keeping the main part of the outfit really simple.

Also, the right t-shirt can make a huge difference in the overall look of the outfit too!

I’ve tried a pretty decent range of price points and fabrics over the years and finally rounded up my tried + true basic tees in this post.

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight.


One. Gap Vintage Wash v-neck t-shirt. I love the rounded hemline and looser fit of this tee. It also doesn’t have too low of a neckline so it doesn’t require a tank or anything underneath! My tip for shopping at Gap or Old Navy is to order “tall”. Lately it seems like the cut of a lot of tees is short and box, so ordering tall helps give a bit more length!

Two. Z Supply Pocket tee. It’s hard to beat this perfect white tee. It’s got a slouchy pocket, is a bit longer of a fit, and has a moderate v-neck cut. Sometimes this can gape open when I bend over so if you are very conservative you may like a tank under it (like this one!!). I generally find that I’m comfortable in just the tee. I like this for casual days with leggings, or dressed up a bit more with a front tuck, cute shoes, and statement earrings.

Three. Old Navy Luxe tees are silky soft and great for a low price option! They typically have a rounded hem and are available in tall if you like a little extra length!

Four. Whisper cotton tees from Madewell are a staple I’ve had in my closet for a few years. They are kind of everything you want in a straight forward v-neck tee. Straight hem, low enough of a “v” without being too low, small pocket. The white is a bit sheer but other colors are not see through.

Five. These $8 tees from Target are the closest I’ve found to masquerading as a more expensive tee. They do shrink a bit in the wash but they are otherwise a great staple! I love the color selection and they offer crew or v-neck!

Six. V-neck Studio tee. This has the slimmest cut of the bunch, but is the ultimate classic white tee. The neckline isn’t too low, it should hit right at hip level, and it’s lightweight to work all summer long. These can be a bit on the thin side, so the white may be sheer, but the colored versions should be good to wear alone!

Seven. If you are looking for a casual, silky soft v-neck tee, you will love this one! There are tons of color options too. It’s an oversized fit so if you get your normal size, you’ll be able to do the front tie and have a little extra length in the back. If you size down, it’ll fit like a basic v-neck though it has a lot of room in the body.

Eight. EverWear crew-neck tee. I wanted to include a crewneck in here and also show the alternative fabric option that Old Navy offers beyond the Luxe tees. This version is more cotton based and doesn’t show every bump and lump like the luxe tees may. The rounded hem makes them modern and casual, and the weight is nice without being too thin!

I can’t write this post without mentioning the major love that Time and Tru line at Walmart (I know!!) got on my Instagram stories. I mentioned I was working on this post and a lot of people chimed in to say they loved this t-shirt. The neckline looks high enough to satisfy those who lean toward the conservative end of the spectrum too! I haven’t tried it personally, but I’ll try to grab one soon to give it a test! Also, this 2-pack of tees from Amazon looks pretty highly reviewed as well!

p.s. Curious about the right bra to wear with a white t-shirt? Check out my recommendations.

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Comments (18)

  1. Posted April 26, 2019

    Basic tees all the way! I have a few myself but I’m always looking for more colours. I tend to wear my white ones and grey ones the most! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Melinda says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    Everlane has the best T’s ever! Not too expensive either. You should try them out!

    • Kate says
      Posted April 26, 2019

      You know I have heard that! I tried them years ago but I need to give them another go!

  3. M says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    My favorite are Everlane’s tees! They hold their shape and have a great thickness.

    (Also, no apostrophe in tees. An apostrophe shows ownership. Just add an s to make it plural. xoxo ) Love your blog!

  4. Kacie M. says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    Great post, as I struggle finding a perfect 2 to wear alone or layer. Are the whites see through? That’s the problem I seem to come across with a lot of white shirts.

    • Kate says
      Posted April 26, 2019

      In almost every description I specify if it’s sheer or not! Thanks!

      • Kacie M. says
        Posted April 26, 2019

        After I posted, I went back and thoroughly read your post (no coffee yet!), and saw that you did. Sorry about that!

  5. Jaime says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    Girl, there’s no apostrophe when you make something plural. I’m not trying to be one of your usual trolls, but every time you wrote “tee’s” a small part of me died. I realize that’s not the point of this post, but it’s distracting, especially considering this blog is your technical job, and a level of professionalism should be expected. Surely someone out there wouldn’t mind giving your posts a quick grammar scan before they go live.

    • Kate says
      Posted April 26, 2019

      Just made that update! I’m on-boarding an assistant right now to have a second look at posts for these type of errors. Thanks.

      • Jaime says
        Posted April 26, 2019

        Thank you! I just tend to develop an eye twitch when I see these kinds of things, and I know others might as well. 🙂

  6. Lauren says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    The grace and lace perfect pocket tees (# 7) are amazing! I’m generally a small or medium in shirts at target, and I get an XS in the perfect pocket tees and they are still kind of oversized. They are seriously the most comfortable shirts ever, and are so flattering.

  7. Angela says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    I love tees like this for around the house but I usually end up ruining them with food stains from all the cooking. Probably time to reinvest in some new ones!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  8. Rhiannon says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    Great post! How do the Z Supply tees fit? They only go up to Large (sad face) but if they are super roomy, that could work for me…

    • Kate says
      Posted April 26, 2019

      They are a bit roomy but you may have a better experience with the Grace and Lace t-shirts!

  9. Tiffany says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    Love this post. Can we get one for tank tops…. struggle bus to find a tank you can wear with a regular bra that isn’t form fitting.

  10. Kate says
    Posted April 26, 2019

    I absolutely love basic tees! They are so easy to go on and basically go with everything. I have never tried the ones that you linked, so I will definitely have to get my hands on some of those!! Thanks for sharing, hope you are having a great day.


  11. Kelly says
    Posted May 22, 2019

    How do you wash/dry your madewell tees? Do they shrink if you dry them?

  12. Megan Ruth Rowlinson says
    Posted June 14, 2019

    I am a Madewell girl all the way. I love their t’s. They come in so many colors, are inexpensive and super soft. I wear them almost everyday! Wilmington, DE