Twists on the White T-Shirt

Five improvements on the traditional tee

Versatile and universally appreciated, few garments are as modern as the good old white tee. The staple crosses nearly every genre of personal style, from hip hop to hipster, holding a permanent place in closets everywhere. To add a little creativity to the classic James Dean look, here’s a short list of our current favorite variations on a whitey.

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A premium alternative to the sandpaper-like quality of department store three-packs, RIC’s better-fitting white tees come in two basic cuts—crew and V-neck. Both are clean, simple and extremely soft. Plus, the v-neck doesn’t droop down to your stomach.

Made in the USA with preshrunk cotton, the three tees come in a bag made from jersey remnants, are available in black and grey too, and sell for $50. RIC also sells them individually for $23 through their online shop.

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For a similar feeling to RIC but with a slightly more refined cut, check out Orlebar Brown’s Bobby V. Lightweight cotton makes the V-neck comfy, while the curved front and rear bottom hems makes it fit and look even better. A slender but not-too-skinny silhouette loans the Bobby a stylish enough look to wear alone or as a perfect undershirt. Look online for a list of international stockists where the Bobby V goes for $85.

A ’90s favorite, the pocket tee takes any white tee from undershirt to everyday shirt. Few do the look as well as Comune’s Amazon to snag one for yourself.

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Taking the pocket concept one step further is Los Angeles brand Tantum. The simple idea adds flavor to a regular fit white tee with an unusual pocket detail. Crafted in California, each one-of-a-kind shirt has a different fabric—from camo to Native American-inspired prints and their most recent patchwork designs. Head over to their Tumlbr for more information, and find a selection selling for £50 each from End.


Bl33n‘s monster tees turn the everyday staple into a subversive statement. Flip the shirt over your head like you just scored a goal in the World Cup to reveal your wild side within. The screen-printed unisex shirts, made in Los Angeles, sell for $100 through Bl33n’s webshop.

via Out Magazine