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Best white t-shirts for women: quality tees to add to your wardrobe

Looking to refresh your t-shirt collection? Still hunting for that Perfect White Tee? We’ve got the best of 2022’s white t-shirts for your perusal, as worn and recommended by Mumsnetters.

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated Apr 27, 2022

A smiling woman wearing sunglasses and a white t-shirt

A white t-shirt is a true wardrobe staple. Dress it up or down, wear it to bed or to work, tuck it in or let it hang free… the possibilities are endless. Like other classic pieces, it’s impossible to have too many white t-shirts, and we’ve scoured the internet to find the best t-shirts for every occasion. 

A dreamy white t-shirt that fits just how you like it, isn’t too see-through and flatters your body shape is hard to come by, so we’ve enlisted the help and wisdom of Mumsnetters to bring you the cream of the white t-shirt crop. 

These are the best white t-shirts to buy for 2022.

1. Best overall white t-shirt: Uniqlo U Crew Neck T-Shirt

A woman wearing a white t-shirt and beige trousers

Price: £13 | Buy now from Uniqlo

"Their t-shirts are lovely quality and wash/wear brilliantly (keep shape and colour). Long enough in the body and a steal at around £10 each" - recommended by Mumsnet user, BestestBrownies

"Uniqlo U short sleeved crew neck T-Shirt. Excellent quality cotton, smooth but not see through, and only £12.90. I have five!" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, whiskeyfoxtrotcharlie

For softness, durability and not having to worry about your bra being visible, Mumsnetters love Uniqlo’s white t-shirts. Made from 100% cotton, this crew neck style has a flattering cut, with just the right amount of stretch. Uniqlo has a huge range of white t-shirts - with v-necks, slouchy fit, cropped and oversized styles to choose from. The U crew-neck is a particular favourite among Mumsnetters thanks to its lovely thick cotton, just-right neckline and versatility. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: XS-XL

2. Best budget white t-shirt: Fruit of the Loom Short Sleeved T-Shirt

A white t-shirt

Price: £3 | Buy now from Amazon

"Fruit of the Loom men's t-shirts. Really good quality, and cheap. I get the small for a more fitted shape, and large for around the house" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Bezalelle

"I keep recommending fruit of the loom, I've several which are the base t shirts for other companies and they're better quality than any "fashion" t shirt" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, goose1964 

For a really classic, unisex tee, you can’t go wrong with Fruit of the Loom. They’re cheap as chips on Amazon and come in every colour imaginable. This one is made using ‘Belcoro yarn’ - a process that produces a softer cotton fabric that stays softer for longer, bobbles less and is particularly good for printing on. These are brilliant for printing your own designs or slogans on, but they also look great just as they are. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: S-5XL

3. Best eco-friendly white t-shirt: Rapanui Boxy Fit Tee

A woman on a beach wearing a white Rapanui t-shirt

Price: £12 | Buy now from Rapanui

"I got some from Rapanui after seeing them recommended on here. They are perfect - although not much choice on necklines. They are environmentally friendly too. They have loads of print ones but I ordered the plain ones and a boxy tie dye one" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Squiz81

"I also ordered from Rapanui after seeing it recommended on here. Really happy with mine - the boxy ones are good for hiding a 'mum tum'. Suggest downsizing as they're quite wide fitting. I'm finding longer length t shirts don't look great now I've hit mid 40s" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, lookdeepintotheparka

A cult Mumsnet favourite, Rapanui is an Isle of Wight-based company specialising in stylish, ethically and sustainably produced, made-to-order clothing. Their boxy fit tee is a cool, easy to wear basic, which is flattering on different body shapes. The best part is, once you’ve worn out your t-shirt, you can send it back to Rapanui and they’ll recycle it into new t-shirts - return postage is free and they’ll give you a discount towards your next order. 

Key specs

  • Material: Organic cotton
  • Size range: 8-18

4. Best oversized white t-shirt: Weekday Now Oversized T-Shirt

A woman wearing a white Weekday t-shirt and baggy black trousers

Price: £12 | Buy now from Weekday

"I bought some t-shirts from Weekday in the sale recently and was really impressed - they were nice cotton, fitted well and look great" - recommended by Mumsnet user, irecitethegruffaloinmydreams

"Weekday are amazing. Wash brilliantly and hold their shape" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, HeyMicky

If you prefer a white tee with an oversized fit, this one from Weekday is a good bet. Made from soft cotton jersey, it falls below the hip and has wide, extra long sleeves. Mumsnetters are impressed by the quality of Weekday t-shirts, saying they keep their shape and softness even after multiple washes. The oversized sleeves give this t-shirt a trendy silhouette, making it a simple way to update your look. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: XXS-XL

5. Best long-sleeve white t-shirt: Boden Double Layer V-Neck Top

A woman relaxing on a sofa in a long-sleeved Boden t-shirt

Price: £32 | Buy now from Boden

"Boden do good quality t-shirts" - recommended by Mumsnet user, IggyAce

"I’ve been wearing Boden long sleeved ones for 4 years now without them wearing out so I really think they are worth the investment!" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Tertiathethird

This long-sleeved t-shirt from Boden is sleek, chic and versatile. Its super-flattering wide v-neck means it’ll suit different body types, and its slim fit and subtle stretch make it perfect for layering. The top has a double layer at the front, so it’s anything but see-through. Boden is part of the Better Cotton Initiative, so you can rest assured your t-shirt is made from ethically sourced cotton. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton and elastane
  • Size range: 6-22

6. Best classic white t-shirt: Esprit Women's T-Shirt

A woman wearing a white Esprit t-shirt

Price: £14 | Buy now from Amazon

"Last year I bought Esprit t-shirts, which were great, and Benetton ones which were lovely colours but not nearly such good quality"  - recommended by Mumsnet user, PenguinP

With a high, crew neck, rolled sleeves and a dropped back hem, this is a classic, wear-it-anywhere white tee. Featuring a slightly dropped shoulder and a boxy fit, it has a subtly cool fit and looks great tucked into jeans. Made from a finer weave than some of the other t-shirts on our list, this one is slightly see-through. Great for if you prefer a gauzier fabric, but best teamed with a nude bra or layered with a vest. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: XS-XL

7. Best scoop neck white t-shirt: Vero Moda Soft U-Neck

A woman wearing a white Vero Moda t-shirt and light green trousers

Price: From £6 | Buy now from Amazon

"Vero Moda. I have long sleeved tops from there that I wear all the time and they're still as good as new" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MNetter15

This scoop-neck number from Vero Moda has a beautifully feminine look. Made from soft cotton jersey, it’s long on the body and doesn’t ride up. Reviewers say this t-shirt comes up small, so it’s best to size up. We think this white tee looks great with jeans, flats and an oversized blazer. 

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton and elastane
  • Size range: XS-XXL

8. Best v-neck white t-shirt: Levi’s Perfect V-Neck T-Shirt

A woman wearing a white Levi's t-shirt and jeans

Price: From £12 | Buy now from Amazon

"Levi’s do nicely cut, good quality t shirts - recommended by Mumsnet user", OverThinkingUnderDoing

Levi’s is a timeless brand for casual basics, so we’ll forgive the little logo on this otherwise plain white t-shirt. This one’s subtly fitted, with a flattering, soft v-neck and really smooth cotton. Its slim fit makes it perfect for tucking into jeans or layering under a chunky knit cardigan. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: XXS-XL

9. Best quality white t-shirt: Whistles Emily Ultimate T-shirt

A woman wearing a white Whistles t-shirt and jeans

Price: £35 | Buy now from John Lewis

"Whistles have the best t-shirts. Perfect length, fit and thickness. £35 but I always feel good in just a tee with theirs" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Itsabeautifuldaytosavelives123

Looking to splash out on a timeless basic? This Emily t-shirt from Whistles will get you amazing quality, tons of wear and something that’ll go with practically everything in your wardrobe, all for under £40. Whistles is known for stylish details, and this t-shirt is no exception: made from slightly sheer, breathable cotton, we love the stand-out seams and boxy fit. 

Key specs

  • Material: 100% Cotton
  • Size range: XS-L

10. Best slouchy white t-shirt: Daily Ritual Stretch Short Sleeve T-Shirt

A woman wearing a white Daily Ritual t-shirt and jeans

Price: From £6 | Buy now from Amazon

Amazon is starting to develop its own clothing brands, and Daily Ritual is emerging as one to watch for great basics. This slouchy t-shirt has a cool, relaxed fit and a subtly stylish back seam. We’re not huge fans of the cute but useless pocket, but this is a flattering tee made from a good quality cotton blend.  

Key specs

  • Material: Cotton, modal and elastane
  • Size range: XS-XXL

What’s the best material for a white t-shirt?

The best white t-shirts are made from 100% cotton. Cotton is breathable, soft and if well cared for, it improves with age. However, more fitted t-shirts benefit from a cotton and elastane blend, to give them a little stretch without being clingy.   

Which brand has the best t-shirts?

Uniqlo has a brilliant selection of high-quality t-shirts in stylish colours. We also love Fruit of the Loom for bargain tees in a rainbow of shades. 

How do you ensure a white t-shirt isn’t see-through?

There’s inevitably a small amount of sheerness in a white cotton t-shirt, due to the woven fabric construction and light colour. Double-layer white t-shirts are available, like this one from Boden, but your best bet is to invest in a smooth t-shirt bra in a tone that matches your skin - this will minimise the see-through effect. 

What’s the best white t-shirt to buy?

Uniqlo’s U crew neck t-shirt is the best white t-shirt to buy. It’s a true classic made from high-quality cotton, with stylish details and a not-too-hefty price tag.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real woman, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which white t-shirts were rated by stylish Mumsnet users. We compiled a list of the best t-shirts for women they loved for fit, comfort, style and value-for-money.

We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which white t-shirts were recommended by fashion experts and bloggers - and what customer reviews said about them too. 

Having collated all that information, we picked the best t-shirts that we thought would make the best buys.

Why you should trust us 

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