The Best T-Shirt Brands for Ultra-Plain, Super-Chic Crew-Necks

Hunting down the best T-shirt brands is like searching for the holy grail of fashion. Such is the importance of the quest for many fashion lovers. Here at Who What Wear, we always get questions about where to find perfect tees. But first off, it's worth reminding ourselves of the requirements that make an incredible T-shirt. For starters, it should fall just right—not too clingy and not too loose (unless you're after the oversized look). Other factors include it being in a block colour (with the exception of the Breton) for maximum styling options. Our preferences are tees in black, white or grey—although, other hues are acceptable as well. (Wild, we know.)

Finally, there is one last trick that we highly recommend when on the hunt for this basic: Try shopping outside of the women's department. The men's section (or just head over to Mr Porter) can be a trove of T-shirt wonders, particularly if you're looking for a style that you might want to cinch with a belt. Here, we've rounded up the very best T-shirts you can locate—from high-street options to designer ones. Click through our gallery to shop from our favourite T-shirt brands.

1. Arket

Arket is right at the top of this list as it's consistently a brand that all the Who What Wear editors go back to for expensive-looking, affordable basics. 

2. COS

COS has definitely upped its game this year. Without fail, I find the label delivers chic, cool items that have real longevity. And the T-shirts are no exception. 

3. Marks and Spencer

A classic high-street brand that rarely lets you down. 

4. H&M

On a real budget? H&M really does offer great items at a lower cost. 

5. James Perse

If you're looking to invest, James Perse is one of the leading luxury brands for tees.

6. Dries van Noten

I hadn't considered Dries before, but these oversized crew-necks are perfect. 

7. Balenciaga

Okay, so this does have a little logo on it (very autumn 2021, thank you very much), but if you're a Balenciaga fan, then these tees are for you.

8. Monki

I have a white T-shirt from Monki that I've owned for over six years, and it's still going strong. 

9. Uniqlo

For the ultimate classic tees, look to Uniqlo. The brilliant thing about this brand is that it offers much more interesting colours too. 

10. Gap

When I asked the members of our Facebook group So… Should I Buy This?, Gap came up as one of the biggest recommendations. 

11. Hush

Don't sleep on Hush. It really has some great tees. 

12. Ninety Percent

Sustainable brand Ninety Percent knows how to do great cotton basics. 

13. Raey

I really love MATCHESFASHION.COM's in-house brand Raey. It's chic and luxurious but super simple.

14. Frame

You might know Frame for its denim, but it's worth looking at its T-shirts, too. 

15. Whistles

I love the length of the sleeves on these tees from Whistles. 

Next up, the biggest autumn 2021 fashion trends to know.

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