We asked a fashion expert how to find the perfect white t-shirt. Here's what she had to say.

There are very few items of clothing that we consider as important as the plain white t-shirt

Sure, staples such as a pair of light-wash jeans and a tailored black blazer are important when creating a well-rounded wardrobe, however, without a white tee, it all falls apart.

Believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into finding the perfect white t-shirt, and despite it seeming like a pretty straightforward process, there is quite a bit of thought that’s required when shopping for one.

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First, you need to figure out the type of fit you prefer. Did you want it to be tighter or more boxy? What about the length? Do you prefer a longer or shorter hem? 

Then, it’s time to think about the material. How sheer did you want it? Did you want the shirt to be more of a breathable fabric? Or something that’s thick and holds its shape?

No two white t-shirts are the same, and because it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, we consulted with Lisa Bean, Senior Designer Buyer at The Iconic.

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“When shopping for a white t-shirt, consider investing in a piece that is made from quality materials, like this Regular Fit T-Shirt from COS that is made with 100% organic cotton,” Bean told Mamamia. “While these pieces may come at a slightly higher price point, their durability ensures they will last for years, unlike items made with fabrics like polyester and nylon, that quickly lose their shape, requiring you to repurchase them at the start of each season.”

We know it can be tempting to pick up the first white t-shirt you lay eyes on, but it's important to note that buying a shirt made from low-quality fabric costs more in the long run, because chances are, you’re going to have to spend your hard earned cash on a replacement pretty quickly. 

Basics are meant to last, and it's likely that you're going to be wearing it often, so they should flatter your figure and fit in well with your overall style. For example, if you gravitate towards outfits that are more refined and polished, you probably don’t want to buy anything that’s too oversized. But if you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum and you prefer a more laid back look, you want to avoid silhouettes that are fitted and tailored.

If your style sits somewhere in the middle, or you want a t-shirt that’s versatile and can be dressed up or down, Bean says, “a boxy, white t-shirt that has a slightly longer sleeve length is universally flattering and should be a staple item in everyone’s wardrobe.

“It can easily be transformed from a corporate daytime look, into something a bit more dressed up for evening time.”


So, now that you know exactly what to look for when shopping for a white t-shirt, it’s time to talk about styling. The beauty of a white tee is that it’s a laid-back garment, and the lack of effort is what makes it so chic.

But in saying that, certain styling choices can take your outfit from zero to 100.

“I pair my tee’s with a straight leg jean and a pointed kitten heel, or with wide leg jeans and sneakers for a more relaxed look. It’s the easiest way for me to feel put together when I am in a rush,” advised Bean.


“Dress up what is otherwise a very simple outfit with gold jewellery, such as these gold studs, and a staple black bag.  

“If the weather is unpredictable (like it often is in Sydney in Spring!), pair a white t-shirt with a linen or cotton overshirt, or under a blazer if you’re heading into the office.”

So, if you’re ready to dive into the world of white t-shirts and want to buy one for yourself, then take a look at our favourite picks below.

CAMIXA Martina Linen V-Neck T-shirt, $89.90.

Image: CAMIXA, The Iconic.


Jac + Jack Kyah Tee, $110.

Image: Jac + Jack, The Iconic.

COS The Full Volume T-shirt, $59.

Image: COS, The Iconic.


COS Regular Fit T-shirt, $35.

Image: COS, The Iconic.


Atmos&Here Curvy Organic Cotton V-Neck Tee, $29.99.

Image: Atmos&Here, The Iconic.

Witchery Crew Rib Tee, $49.95.

Image: Witchery, The Iconic.


Assembly Label Organic Base Tee - Women's, $40.

Image: Assembly Label, The Iconic.


Country Road Deep V-neck T-shirt, $40.

Image: Country Road, The Iconic.


Urban Classics UC Ladies Oversized Boyfriend Tee, $49.95.

Image: Urban Classics, The Iconic.

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Feature image: COS/Atmos&Here/The Iconic, Instagram @lisabean.

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