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. 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!