You’re standing in front of your closet, unsure of what to wear. You turn to an old friend: the classic t-shirt. It’s one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own, perhaps more so than white sneakers or even blue jeans. As part of the foundation of our closets, the best t-shirt for women can be formal or casual, paired with your workout clothes, favorite office outfit, or even dinner.
One of the most important aspects of t-shirts is their optimal use for layering. Like a blank canvas, a classic t-shirt can be the star of your outfit, ready to add a personal touch. With a variety of necklines and silhouettes, from crew necks to V-necks, you’re sure to find something that suits your taste. (Make sure you’re also wearing your favorite t-shirt bra to ensure a seamless look.) When it’s time to transform your t-shirt into a nighttime suit, take a cue from celebrity stylist Nausheen Shah, who has a foolproof (and easy) option. “Tie a knot in the front or back and reshape it for a slimmer, more fitted look,” she says. It’s a simple fix that can quickly enhance and transform your outfit.

Of course, if you are organizing your seasonal closet, consider having a few different styles. Having a wide range of t-shirts in a variety of shapes and colors ensures that you won’t struggle to find the perfect t-shirt for your outfit. Shah chooses different styles depending on what you’re wearing. “For high-waisted pants,” she shares, “I like a seven-quarter t-shirt.”

With the wide variety of T-shirts available in the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite (and best) just for you. Shop them below.

Vince Essential crew

A black T-shirt makes a sophisticated statement and is a great choice for daytime and evening wear. Why not pair it with jeans for work, and then – if you’re not already wearing them – slip on heels for an easy dinner outfit.

Sizes: XXS-XL
Colors: 21 options
Material: Cotton
Customer Reviews: “Vince t-shirts are high quality, lightweight and comfortable. The sizing is accurate and not snug. Although I already had these colors, I couldn’t resist the Amazon price. NOTE: If you have issues, the material is very thin. I highly recommend Vince t-shirts!”

Gorgeous Short Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt

If you don’t already have a white V-neck tee in your closet, here’s a reminder to get one. Perfect for layering, the gym, and traveling, this classic style could be your smartest purchase of the year so far.

Size: XXS-2XL

Colors: 18 to choose from

Material: cotton, modal

CUSTOMER REVIEW: “This super comfortable t-shirt is made from a super soft and silky material and is given 5 stars. I will be purchasing more of these beautifully made t-shirts. Highly recommended!

Freeman Nina Tee

Exposed seams set this t-shirt apart from the norm. The blue wash is also available as a neutral color. You won’t feel like you’re wearing a bright color, but you won’t feel like you’re wearing black or white either.
Size: XS-XL
Color: 6 options
Material: cotton
Customer Reviews: “This is a great everyday t-shirt. It does run large. I have it in medium and large. It is very soft and very flattering.”

Madewell Whisper Cotton Ribbed Crew Neck T-Shirt

Madewell is known for their highly sought after Whisper Cotton shirts, and this crewneck shows it again. Due to the great price, I won’t judge you for having more than one in your closet.

Size: XXS-2XL

Color: 6 options

Material: cotton

Customer Review: “I recently purchased this t-shirt from Madewell and I am very pleased with it! It is very comfortable, lightweight and soft to the touch. The ribbed crew neck adds a vintage vibe that I love. The regular fit and hip length make it versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits. Plus, I appreciate that it supports the mission of Good Cotton to protect the environment and the cotton community. Overall, it’s a must-have piece in my closet!”

Everlane Organic Cotton Muscle T-Shirt

The Muscle T-Shirt has an edgy silhouette that’s a far cry from the typical t-shirt. The relaxed fit is versatile and glamorous.

Size: XXS-2XL

Color: heather gray, white, bone/black, black

Material: Cotton

Customer Reviews: “The cut of this t-shirt is a little cooler than a standard t-shirt. I love wearing it. It is made of high quality cotton and stands up to many washes and wears. I bought it in both gray and black and both run large.”

J.Crew Ribbed Fitted Boatneck T-Shirt

J. Crew’s ribbed tees are our favorite. We have them in a variety of colors thanks to the thick ribbed material that takes a basic tee from sophisticated to dreamy. The boatneck on this one is an upgrade from my typical crew neck; suffice it to say, I want it in every color.

Size: XXS-3XL

Color: heather gray, white, bone/black, black

Material: cotton, rayon, spandex

CUSTOMER COMMENTS: “Purchased in the store, the boatneck gives it a more refined t-shirt look, but the fabric is a little heavier than a typical t-shirt.”

Anine Bing Walker T-shirt

If you’ve been seeing Anine Bing sweatshirts and t-shirts all over social media, you’re not alone. The fan-favorite brand, beloved by the likes of Kate Moss and Meghan Markle, has made its way into closets around the world. The leopard print on this oversized T-shirt is a subtle focal point that catches the eye without screaming for attention.
Size: XS-L
Colors: washed black, vintage black, ivory
Material: cotton

Leset short-sleeve t-shirt with holes

Picking holes is another unique way to incorporate texture into a t-shirt. This white dress with scalloped edges exudes femininity.

Size: XS-XL

Color: White

Material: jersey, cotton

Vuori Pose Backless T-Shirt

Any t-shirt with a built-in bra (with removable padding) will fit. Because its unique fabric resists moisture, you can wear it to workouts and meals – just …… maybe not right afterward! Sign me up.
Size: XS-XL
Color: black, white heather gray, dark oregano
Material: modal rayon, spandex
Customer Review: “Purchased this for my trip to Paris. It is lightweight, comfortable and easy to put on and take off.”

Buck Mason Pima Slim Round Neck Top

This is the T-shirt of all T-shirts. It checks all the boxes. I personally love the bay leaf color because it feels like a nice change from black, white, or gray.
Size: XS-XL
Colors: 7 options
Material: cotton

Reformation Hudson Long Sleeve Henley T Shirt

Everyone needs a Henley in their collection. In a beautiful cream color with delicate ribbing, this T-shirt feels like a premium alternative to a standard T-shirt.

Sizes: XS-XL
Colors: Sugar, Earth
Material: Cotton, Spandex

The Drop Sydney Short Sleeve Short Crew Neck T-Shirt

This fast shipping option from Amazon’s The Drop label features fun back seam detailing that makes it slightly different from your other favorite white tees.
Size: XXS-5XL
Material: cotton
Customer Reviews: “Love the neckline, the fabric, the fit, and the way it washes and wears. I own it in black and white and wear it all the time! Highly recommend. It does have a bit of a generous fit, but I love the style.”

SKIMS Stretch Cotton T-Shirt

The SKIMS hype is in full swing. Whether you’re obsessed with the brand’s shapewear or eagerly awaiting the arrival of its swimwear collection, the Kim Kardashian-founded label also offers great basics. This fitted T-shirt is tight and soft, perfect for everyday wear.

Size: XXS-4XL
Material: Cotton, Spandex
CUSTOMER COMMENTS: “This is a great example of a fitted, minimalist collection of basics …… For me, not having to wear a bra underneath my tops makes me feel very stressed.”

Cozy Earth Super Soft Bamboo Pullover Crew Neck

One of the most comfortable tops our editors have ever worn, the Cozy Earth pullover t-shirt is perfect for lounging around but looks elegant enough to wear to the office, too.

Size: XS-3XL
Material: bamboo viscose, acrylic, spandex
CUSTOMER REVIEWS: “As soft and comfortable as they claim. If the crew is clean, I wear it. It has become my go-to! Especially comfortable on these cold days.”

ThirdLove WonderKnit™ Sleepwear T-Shirt

ThirdLove is known for its extreme comfort, from bras and basics to sweatshirts and pajamas. The critically acclaimed WonderKnit™ pajama tee is not only perfect for following the Z trend, the draped fit also doubles as a super comfy lounge outfit.

Size: XS-3XL
Material: Cotton, Modal, Spandex
Customer Review: “I bought this shirt on a whim, I sleep hot and I’m not a fan of buttoned/heavy pajamas. I was shocked at how comfortable this sleep t-shirt was! I bought a size larger than I did because I wanted something flowy and it fit perfectly, so I would recommend buying a size up!”