The Best White T-shirts to Buy

The perfect white T-shirt is hard to come by. Here, the Viva team shares their favourite pick of the crop

The Gentlewoman's collaboration with Sunspel. Picture / Supplied.

“My T-shirt priorities are as follows: box-cut, generous in length and roomy sleeves that stop in the middle of the elbow and shoulder. I have lived in a white V-neck by Isabel Marant from Workshop for the past few years, which is a light cotton-linen blend, although if I was to buy another it would be The Gentlewoman’s classic version in collaboration with UK heritage brand Sunspel.” — Jessica Beresford, digital content producer

“If I’m in the States, I’ll stock up on J Crew vintage T-shirts — white, grey, navy — they are a fine light cotton, with a slim fit and a nice neat sleeve. Closer to home, the Bassike white T-shirts at Superette are 100 per cent organic cotton, with a relaxed, yet shaped fit.” — Amanda Linnell, managing editor

“I get all my white T-shirts from Rodd & Gunn and Sunspel — both brands offer the right length and are super soft. They also utilise cotton that’s finished and sourced from Italian mills and are versatile enough to wear everywhere.” — Dan Ahwa, fashion editor

“I don't often wear plain white T-shirts as I still haven't figured out an appropriate bra to wear underneath, but I have two that I wear every now and then. The first is a fine, cotton jersey T-Shirt from Commoners, and the second, and preferred, a heavier V-neck cotton cashmere tee from Levi's. I'm keen to try the basic T-shirts from Kowtow too, made from organic cotton jersey.” — Zoe Walker, associate editor

Juliette Hogan does the best elevated basics that are made in New Zealand and last forever. My favourite is the Ronnie T — it’s made of 100 per cent linen, meaning it’s breathable and soft to wear. I also can’t stand T-shirts that cling and this one has just the right amount of slouch.” — Danielle Clausen, editorial assistant

“A basic white tee, besides maybe a grey marle tee, is one garment that practically makes up my day-to-day uniform. I love what Bassike do with their T-shirting and how they manage to get that unique, gritty texture to their 100 per cent organic cotton and the fact that they are committed to sustainable manufacturing.” — Rosie Kelway, writer

“I love Kowtow — it's soft, drapes beautifully and wears exceptionally well, despite my tendency to machine wash everything when you probably shouldn't! Their T-shirts and tanks have the best proportion of volume to shape that I've found, and best of all they're ethically made from organic cotton.” — Rebecca Wadey, wellbeing editor

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