A plain white T-shirt is both the most basic piece you can buy and one of the hardest item to shop for. In theory, it’s a throw-on-and-go staple that makes putting outfits together easier. The truth? Finding one that fits like a dream can be a nightmare.
Keeping it clean is a huge task, too. Washing with other whites is ideal, but the bare minimum piece of advice is: Never wash your white T-shirt with dark clothes, especially ones that haven’t been washed before. (They’ll have excess dye that will run off and stain your pristine tee.) Using a detergent with a brightening agent, not over stuffing the washing machine and occasionally soaking your T-shirt in oxygen bleach are all key to maintaining that glow. Protecting really good white T-shirts pays off—in exchange for a bit of effort and TLC, you’ll get an ultra-versatile piece that pairs well with just about anything, from mom jeans to a power suit.
Below, we’ve rounded up a few great options to add to your shopping cart.
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