The Fashion Magpie White Tee

I’m Dreaming of a White…T-Shirt.

I have a girlfriend who always looks impeccable, even when wearing a t-shirt and jeans, which is a fairly common occurrence for her.  You know the type: everything looks chic-er on her than it possibly ever could on yourself.  She let me in on a secret recently: she irons or steams everything she wears, and also spends a fortune on dry cleaning.  I’ve been forced to follow suit thanks to our petite living situation, where I need to store a lot of things in stacks vs. hanging, and therefore find myself forced to steam my clothes in the morning with this.  I have to say it’s paying off.  But it doesn’t mean I can fully replicate her stylishness because I don’t  think I’ve yet found the perfect t-shirt to complement my steaming job.  This has sent me on a wild goose chase in hot pursuit of the perfect white tee.  Below, my top picks:

+Levi’s seems like a solid place to start.  I like the boxy but slightly trim style of this one.

+Baserange is purported to make an excellent cotton tee, and this one has no visible stitches, which is kinda cool.  The brand produces “clean-lined, easy, and accessible garments that exist somewhere between modern culture and the natural world. The line’s French and Danish founders are committed to minimizing environmental impact and so opt for high-quality, sustainable fabrics like the exceptionally soft bamboo jersey of this understated t-shirt.”

+I’m a devotee of Monrow’s when it comes to loungewear.  This looks like it could be perfect.

+Given the price and reviews, I’d be nuts not to try Everlane’s.

+I’ve worn Hanes tees to work out in on and off for years.  The softest.

What’s your vote?

P.S.  Another great basic you should have in your closet.

4 Comments

  1. Baserange is one of my favorite lines for casualwear — I’m wearing one of their sweatshirts right now! — but will say that you will probably like their styles best if you prefer a bit of slouch/drape. If you’re looking for a more structured tee, I love my boxy pocket tee from Everlane — I don’t think they make the exact style anymore, though. I also have to give a shoutout to Jungmaven, which makes drape-y tees out of a cotton and hemp flax blend (they don’t look as crunchy as you might think!) and Frame — I have a white linen tee I got from them that I absolutely love.

    AND I still have a couple of T by Alexander Wang tees — definitely less structured — that have held up well over the past 7-8 years of wearing them.

    I broke my steamer recently, so I’m going to pick up one of the Joy mini steamers … have heard so many good things!

    1. Great recs! Now I’m intrigued by Baserange’s other offerings — have you tried their undergarments before??

    2. Yes, I have! I ride the line between petite and not … I’m just under 5’4 but am kind of muscular with a C cup and have found that most of the Baserange bras I’ve tried would be better suited to more petite ladies with A or B cups. The one style I really like is this one, although I have it in black mesh from a couple of seasons ago: https://www.net-a-porter.com/us/en/product/1024262/Baserange/set-of-two-ribbed-stretch-organic-cotton-soft-cup-bras

      I have one pair of underwear from Baserange — it matches the bra I linked above, but I would caution you to size up. I am about a 4 on the bottom (with a considerable bum!) and the medium is a little too low-rise for me. Might just be my bum size/shape, though! 🙂

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