The 5 Brands We Always Go to For Our Basic White Tees

Discovering the perfect white T-shirt is a bit like searching for the holy grail. You'd think that being "basics" would mean they're fuss-free and straight-forward to find, right? Sadly this is not the case. In some ways, the simplicity of the white tee means that cheap fabrics, bad cuts and dodgy manufacturing are thrown in sharp relief (there are no bells and whistles to hide behind here). That's why when you find the brand that works for you, you cling to it for dear life.

So what are we looking for? In our opinion, the perfect white tee has to have thick fabric (although there are some exceptions to this rule—see Hannah Almassi's choice below), a relatively high crewneck collar and a silhouette that is fitted up top before skimming over the hips. Is that really too much to ask? Apparently so. To help you on your way to white T-shirt satisfaction, we've rounded up the five best brands that, in our experience, tick all the boxes. You'll be glad to hear that almost all our top picks are high street—yes really. Scroll down to shop the edit.