White T-Shirt Contest: Which One Is The Best?

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Jeans and a white t-shirt are probably one of the most basic, easy outfits of all time. The jeans and tee themselves can be as simple as they come, but the accessories and styling give you all the creative freedom to create the look you want.

As someone who has coveted the “perfect white t-shirt” through the years, I thought it was time to round up and review 10 crew neck white t-shirts. For the most part, these are 100% cotton tees. They are crew neck, standard sleeve, and generally hit at a standard length. There are a few t-shirts in the bunch that have different characteristics or fabrics, but generally, those were the parts of the shirt that I tried to keep similar for comparison’s sake.

I ranged in price point from $12.00 all the way up to $80.00, and I was very curious to see which t-shirt ended up being my favorite!

If you’re interested in watching videos of the t-shirt try on, you can check out my Instagram Stories today!

I’ll share a few notes about each of the t-shirts below, and you can find my least favorite and a most favorite at the bottom of this post!

Let’s get into it! (p.s. I’m wearing a medium in all of these t-shirts)

One. J.Crew Factory Girlfriend Crewneck Tee // Comes in 9 colors // Size range: XXS – 3X // Cotton // Price: $24.50

This t-shirt is as straightforward as it gets, and I love that. I loved the circumference of the neck, the length of the tee, and the detail of the vertical seam running down the back. The fabric has a nice weight to it and wasn’t overly see-through!

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Two. 100% Organic Cotton Vintage T-Shirt Gap // Comes in 16+ colors // Size range: XXS – XXL // Cotton // Price: $19.95

I really didn’t love the wide neck in this t-shirt. The length was nice, and the sleeve length was nice, but in general, I felt a little frumpy in it due to the larger than necessary neck hole! The fabric was noticeably soft, and probably the softest of the bunch.

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Three. Madewell Whisper Cotton Rib-Crew Neck // Comes in 10 colors //  Size range: XXS-4X // Cotton // Price: $19.50

I love this white t-shirt because of the ribbed collar. It’s a tiny detail that makes the shirt feel unique. The arm seams are dropped on this t-shirt, and the hem is rounded. This specific tee has been washed multiple times (I pulled it out of my dresser!) so it has gotten a tiny bit smaller with washes. It is also shrinking up a tad bit unevenly. I like it, but the rounded hem can be hard to “style” beyond just wearing it out.

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Four. Walmart Free Assembly Cuffed Pocket T-Shirt // Comes in 10 colors // Size range: XS – 3X // Cotton + recycled cotton // Price: $12.00

I loved the pocket and cuffed sleeve detail on this t-shirt. The price point is fantastic as well! I wish it was a brighter white. This specific one looked dingy compared to the other t-shirts hanging on my rack and almost read as cream-colored. It’s thin, has a relaxed albeit slightly boxy fit, but generally fits really well all around!

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Five. Madewell Supima Cotton Essential Tee // Comes in 5 colors // Size range: XXS – 3X // Cotton // Price: $25.00

I’ve had this t-shirt for a long time and really love it. It’s a warmer white than some of the others that I’ve included in this roundup, but not quite as off-white as the Walmart t-shirt. It’s a good weight, not see-through, and is a relaxed fit. I have this tee in a dark, charcoal grey and wear both it and this white one very often.

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Six. Z Supply Core Crew Tee // Comes in 2 colors // Size range: XS-XL // Cotton // Price: $42.00

This tee was the longest of the bunch. It felt thin and was a tad bit see-through. If you like to tuck in your shirts, this would be a really nice option because of its length!

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Seven. Vince Essential Crew Tee  // Comes in 3 colors // Size range: XS- L // Pima Cotton // Price: $80.00

This felt very luxe but fit *very* small. It’s also see-through! Not my favorite and definitely not worth the price tag!

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Eight. EveryWear Slub-Knit Tee for Women Old Navy // Comes in 2 colors / Size range: XS-4X // Cotton // Price: $8.00

This is like the *perfect* combination of the feel from the J.Crew Factory t-shirt and the rounded hem of the Madewell Whisper Cotton tee. I loved the fit of it! As usual, I think a little wash and dry would help the neckline of this t-shirt (it’s a little big for my taste), and the price is hard to beat.

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Nine. Modern Crewneck T-Shirt Gap // Comes in 4 colors // Size range: XS-XXL // 58% Cotton // Price: $24.95

This tee felt very soft and thick, but I really didn’t love the bulky “tubed” collar. It felt outdated and boring to put on. It’s more fitted than some of the other t-shirts I tried on for this post.

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Ten. Luxe Touch Crew-Neck T-Shirt from Banana Republic // Comes in 3 colors // Size range: XXS-XXL // Cotton // Price: $39.50

This material felt really nice in my hand, but generally, I found it to be too stiff for a comfortable t-shirt choice. It’s hard to explain this without feeling it, but I just found it to lack stretch or flexibility. It also ran small BUT it wasn’t see-through so that was a win.

So, which one was my most and least favorite?

My most favorite of the entire bunch is the J.Crew Factory Girlfriend crew neck t-shirt. It’s a bright white, it has a classic fit, and if I’m looking for a no-nonsense simple white tee, this is what I would reach for.

My least favorite is between the Vince tee and the Gap t-shirts. I explained why I didn’t like them in my notes under the photos, but generally, the fit and overall look of these t-shirts didn’t work well for me.

Again, if it’s helpful to hear me talk through some of the details, check out my Instagram stories today!

P.S. If you enjoyed this, you may also like reading about my favorite built-in bra tanks!

**Unfortunately, I need to close comments on this blog post as there is a very sad display of hate and immaturity in the comments section. I’ve had to hear mean commentary about my size for 10 years, and frankly, I’m tired of it. If you have legitimate questions about any of the t-shirts that I featured in this comparison post, please send an email to [email protected] If you want to comment on my size, weight, body shape, etc. or simply share any other personal displeasure you have of me, please e-mail me directly at [email protected]

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Comments (26)

  1. Laura says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    What a fun post. I *love* Vince tshirts and feel that they are very much worth the price (I work from home so I am in a t-shirt most days). Since I wear them so much, the value outweighs the price. However, I do agree that if it’s a bad fit, it’s not worth it. I esp. love their shrunken crew tee (doesn’t come in white though, so it wouldn’t have made sense in this post anyway 😉 ). Thanks for writing!

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      I agree– once you find a fit you love, it’s totally worth it!

  2. Rowelaur says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    I love this post so much! Super helpful!

  3. Shannon says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    This was unexpectedly enjoying to read about and watch. 🙂
    Question for you…how do you keep your jeans from rubbing little holes in your t-shirts? You *have* to know what I’m talking about lol. For me, it’s the little piece of jean fabric poking up from the button. I have never found a solution and it happens to every single tshirt I have owned…even boxy, lose fit ones. I just keep wearing them haha.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      So, weirdly that has never happened to me! But it has happened to some of my friends! I wish there was a fix but I think it’s just being aware of how you could be leaning against your counter or desk, and making sure you aren’t rubbing the fabric!

  4. M. says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Just curious, why did you focus solely on crew neck tees? For most women, v necks are way more flattering 🙂 Can you do a comparison of white v necks, or maybe different types of necklines? Would love to see that type of content!

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      I thought it would make the most sense to compare a handful of the same type of t-shirt instead of mixing up the neck style. Sounds like a v-neck tee comparison post would be helpful as well!

  5. Hilary says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Love this post! I appreciate all of the details, and I imagine is was quite exhausting trying on so many shirts. This post will be a great one to refer back to when shopping in the future- different outfits may need different kinds of tees!

  6. Dana L says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Thank you for this helpful post. I’ve been looking for a white crew. I like vnecks too, but I’ve found the modesty of crew shirts can be more helpful when mommin’ it at the park, etc!

    Do you wear a tank or something when the white tee is sheer? I love the luxe crews from BR but they are often a bit sheer and I haven’t got a good solution yet.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      No, I don’t wear a tank only because I run hot. Typically I just steer clear of shirts that are too see through, but it’s all personal preference 🙂

  7. Tammy Lynch says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Love your blog!!
    From your pictures, I like the Madewell Essential tee. For me personally, I do not like the rounded hem. It is hard to find a white shirt that isn’t not too see through. My favorite brands are Lands End – Many colors and I can get a Tall so the top stays tucked in. Also, Target’s brand, A New Day. Very soft. I prefer crew to a V neck. Some V’s can be very low cut, and someone like me who is small chested, the crew neck is much more flattering.

  8. Posted August 18, 2021

    Isn’t it so interesting how “one shirt” can be made so differently and look so differently?!?!? I think my favorite ON you (from an outside perspective and not the one wearing so I can’t FEEL it) is the Madewell Supima Cotton Essential Tee.
    I haven’t worn a white t-shirt in about 15 years because I can’t find any that aren’t see-through. This was helpful!

  9. Marcie says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Great post. So helpful. Thanks for keeping the price points reasonable.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      For sure, I think it’s helpful to see a variety back to back!

  10. Brenna says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    This was terrific and soooo helpful! You must, must also check out the everlane tee as it’s been my go to for the last 3 or 4 years! xx

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      I need to! My sister was just wearing some really cute everlane jeans– I need to check them out!

  11. Harlene says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Really appreciate this comparison. It gives me a great starting point and a few new options in my quest.
    Thanks

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      I’m glad it was helpful for you!

  12. Ireland says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    You need to admit you’re a size Large. None of those t-shirts fit you.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      Funny, I scanned my blog post and didn’t see where I asked for sizing opinions…?

  13. Tate says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    THANK YOU for doing the legwork of trying all these tees! This is so helpful! I agree with the other commenter who suggested a similar round up of v-neck tees. Honestly, any “staple” clothing item reviewed in this style with the pictures of you wearing it and descriptions of what you do and don’t like would be great. I’d love your take on jeans (especially straight leg jeans now that skinny jeans are apparently out of style 😭) and black leggings. I’m one who only follows here since I don’t have social media anymore, so keep up the good work! I appreciate you!

  14. Devin says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    In what world is the neckline of #2 wide? 🧐

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      My world ( ??? ) . Perhaps it doesn’t read the same through a photo, but the collar felt wider than I typically like for it to be when it comes to a crew neck t-shirt.

  15. April says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    LOVE this post and story! I have been looking forward to this one (the white tee struggle is real!). Beyond the content, I appreciate the way you packaged this for us- reference blog, option to see fit in video on insta plus pictures here, summary boxes with pics… A+ content!

  16. Lauren says
    Posted August 18, 2021

    Why do you insist on wearing shirts that are so darn tight?? All of these white shirts could look great but they are pulling across your chest and mid section. Stop pretending you are medium. Just size up and own it.

    • Kate says
      Posted August 18, 2021

      Did you read this post?

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