How To Buy The Perfect Plain White T-Shirt

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The white T-shirt is one of those staple items we all have in our wardrobe, but what makes the perfect plain white tee? We’ve created the definitive guide on what to consider when buying the best plain white T-shirts as well as how to get the most out of them, especially if you’re buying white T-shirts in bulk. 

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The Best White T-Shirts for Men

Some of the best quality white T-shirts on the market are a plain and simple white, and this is due to the fact they keep most of their organic properties and don’t need bleaching. Cheap white T-shirts don’t always have to be a bad thing, though. The price of your perfect white tee can range heavily depending on where you are buying them from. For you, we’ve nailed down the best T-shirts for men tailored to any budget.

Mid-Market Best Quality T-Shirts

Stuck on a budget but in need of a desperate refresh of your basics? While opting for a cheap white T-shirt can seem like an easy solution, they don’t always last. However, with a bit of a research (and a helpful recommendation by our buyers) we have devised our top picks for the whites on a budget.

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Having a proper fitted T-shirt is essential
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High-End Best Quality T-shirts

If you’re a man of quality over quantity, the brands such as Sunspel and YMC are an essential for the best plain T-shirts. Long-lasting with the right care, YMC and the progress of Hawskmill are versatile between layering and wearing alone.

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Styling A White T-shirt
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What Makes the Best Quality T-Shirts for Men

Before you buy, you need to try. Every man should wear a T-shirt that they look good in and feel good in – confidence is key. Our buyers and editors have nailed down on to what to consider when refreshing your T-shirt collection.

Mid-Length

A perfect white T-shirt for men should generally graze an inch or so past the tip of your trouser waistband, not so much that it looks like you’re wearing a tunic, but enough so your stomach isn’t on full display. If you can raise your arms without any tummy popping out to say hello, then you’re good to go.

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The Best White T-shirt Men’s
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Long-Lined White T-Shirts

Longer T-shirts offer a more alternative look but need to be styled the right way. Personally, we would pair a longer white tee with a pair of black slim-fit jeans, as baggier trousers can just make you look like you’re wearing the wrong sized clothing. The dark against the white will also make your long tee stand out more, highlighting it as your statement piece. Long-line T-shirts can look really good, however, be careful about how long you’re going. If you’re on the shorter side of life, consider avoiding these as they can make your legs appear shorter than they are by the T-shirt distorting body proportions.

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How To Style A Longline T-shirt
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The Fit of Your T-shirt

The fit of your T-shirt is a particularly important aspect when it comes to the white tee; it’s such a revealing colour so if it’s ill-fitted, everybody will know. We don’t mean you’ll be showing a lot of flesh, but rather, because of its starkness, if a white T-shirt doesn’t fit well, it’s pretty obvious. A well-fitted white T-shirt will work with your shape. Make sure it’s not too tight, including on the arms. Squeezing your skin inside a tight wrapper isn’t pretty and it’s not fooling anyone – we can tell if you’re trying to make your guns appear bigger.

For a snug fitting T-shirt, make sure there’s at least a pinch or so of free material around your arms and waist. Generally, T-shirts are short-sleeved, but long sleeved tees are not unheard of by any means. Many prefer wearing shorter sleeved T-shirts due to their ease of wear, however, long-sleeved T-shirts are just as good for layering and keeping extra warm. When trying on a T-shirt, you’ll want the seams of the sleeve to line up with the ends of your shoulders. If they sink further than this or fall short, you’ll know you’re wearing the wrong size (unless you’re going for the ‘Yeezy’ oversized vibe). The ends of the sleeve should give you a few inches, falling about midway down your bicep.

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Styling A Long-sleeved T-shirt
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Best Quality T-shirts Fits

From what to do and what not to do, we’ve given you a break-down of the key fits of any T-shirt, depending on your body shape. Be careful selecting what is most fitting to your silhouette as nobody wants to walk around wearing something they think they look good in rather than what they actually look good in.

Slim-Fit: A flattering fit for a broader shoulder body type, slim-fit is the most popular amongst the basics category.

Skinny-Fit: Got biceps to show off? Slim-fit is tailored to more athletic figures. However, always consider quality before you buy. Too tight and too thin can create transparency within the fabric.

Oversized Fit: A fit for the more fashion-forward. Oversized is famously worn along the likes of Kanye West & Jay-Z. Often designed with a fish-tail or long-lined at the hem, it’s an ideal T-shirt to throw on for your more casual days.

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Material

Having some knowledge about what your T-shirt is made from is also key. While this seems unnecessary, it’ll save you in the long run – from washing instructions to how to keep your tee in the best condition (and making sure the fit of it doesn’t change after one wash only).

Cotton Tee Shirts

100% cotton is something to look out for, not only because it offers comfort, but also because it’s a breathable fabric for everyday wear. Cotton is also great for keeping warm as the material is a tight weave. 100% cotton T-shirts are much more likely to last a long time because the quality will naturally be much better allowing for less room for wear and tear. Cotton doesn’t however, work well for workout clothes because cotton is heavily absorbent (it can absorb up to three times its own weight), so when you sweat in cotton it’s much harder to get it dry again. This also means it absorbs all of the workout smells too – not nice.

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Layer A Jacket Over A White T-shirt
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Neckline

White Crew Neck T-shirt

The crew neck is the most popular T-shirt neckline you’ll find. It’s also our favourite. The round neck highlights the shoulders and chest, making them appear wider, whilst slimming and narrowing the stomach, thus giving you that complimentary T-shape effect. If you’re ever stuck on which T-shirt to go for, opt for the plain white crew neck T-shirt – you can’t go wrong.

White V Neck T-shirt

Even though the V-neck T-shirt has had some bad press, they’re not all that bad. The V-Neck is probably best suited to those with rounder faces, as it draws your eyes away from that particular area. It’s also the perfect tee for guys with shorter necks, as the V-shape elongates this part of the body. However, if you neckline dips low enough to see chest hair, then please don’t do it. Just don’t.

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Styling a V-Neck T-shirt
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How To Wear Your Plain White T-Shirt

The beauty of T-shirts is their simplicity – they’re incredibly versatile items. The plain white tee is great because they match pretty much anything and allow for creativity elsewhere. They are perfect to wear on their own if you’re short of inspiration for the day’s outfit, or you can equally easily layer them up with other pieces. The best plain T-shirts can be styled in a number of ways and with such a variety of shapes and necklines available, you can be sure to find one that flatters you.

Casual

Especially for more the transitional months, play around with your T-shirt with layering and colour blocking with a touch of athleisure styling. To tailor athleisure to the season, we recommend working your look around a tonal palette. This means tapping into your minimal basics with neutral shades of navy, beiges, creams, blacks and greys.

A staple look for your basics includes being adventurous and doubling up the denim. For a safe yet stylish look, opt for a black slim pair of denim jeans and a blue denim jacket. Always remember to be careful of the blues – avoid acid wash and tired looking denim. This is completely versatile to whatever you do. If you are needing more of a smarter image opt for brogues, otherwise, white trainers are the ultimate go-to.

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Casual White T-shirt Style
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Smart Casual

Last minute plans? Why not pair your T-shirt with the staple pieces of your wardrobe. Take a biker jacket, for example, and layer your tee with a mixture of textures. Pair your leather jacket and your white T-shirt with some black slim-fit jeans and either a pair of loafers or a pair of clean white trainers depending on whether you want to tilt more towards smart or casual. This is a timeless throw-together for the wardrobe which is sharp, defined and is wearable from the bar to the pub.

Formal

Most formalwear can seem uncomfortable, especially if you have an all-day event to attend to. A shirt can often be too hot and sweaty, so this is where a white T-shirt can be the perfect alternative. This means ditch the tie and opts for your best plain white T-shirt. Fitting for the summer seasons, layering your blazer with a white tee still creates a fitted look, but with more a relaxed way of layering.

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How To Style A White T-shirt For A Formal Event
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How to Buy the Perfect Plain White T-Shirt

  • Always keep quality in mind. Good quality T-shirts may cost you a few more pennies, but it will be worth it. They will last longer and fit better.
  • Before picking a fit, think about what would compliment your body shape most. Be true to your body size, as white T-shirts can be very unforgiving.
  • Experiment with your style – mix textures, colours and prints when wearing your T-shirt.
  • Look after your white T-shirt during washes. Get to know the fabric and abide by the washing tags so you don’t end up shrinking it.
  • Try wearing your white tee as formal wear right through to casual and get the most out of it. Plain white T-shirts are very transitional pieces.
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Perfect White Tee
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On That Note

The T-shirt is a basic, but a vital item to have. Its versatility allows you to style and adapt it to a variety of different occasions. The best plain white T-shirt for men varies on not only your personal preference but also what shape you are, as different styles complement different figures. We think the most important thing to take away from this is to make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. Yes, it needs to look great, but it also needs to feel great too. Play around with different styles to see what suits your body and what you feel most at ease wearing. We can safely say the white T-shirt is a timeless, multi-purpose and essential item that we should all have a few of in our wardrobes.

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