Let’s face it… every woman, to an extent, is a “t-shirt and jeans kind of girl”. Even the most stylish of stylish need a day off, and this is why owning a few luxe essentials is a *really *good idea. You’ve probably heard of American Apparel, C&C, Ella Moss, and the like, but there are many other less-established labels that give these brands a run for their money in the plain white tee-department.

The Best T-Shirt Brands

T by Alexander Wang

Soft as can be, but with edgier cuts than the norm, these shirts are definitely a fave of the Shop It To Me team. Known primarily for his high-end and fiercely fashion-forward RTW collections, Mr. Wang brings that same appealing aesthetic to the masses with his more affordable, extremely wearable “T” line.

KAIN Label

Cropped and sheer or long and loose-fitted, KAIN label offers a variety of t-shirt options in the $70-$150 range. Made of modal and silk, their fabrication is so soft and comfortable, you’ll barely know it’s there at all. We must warn you, though — while comfortable they can be a little on the see-through side, so prepare to wear a nude bra or layer it up!

**James Perse **

Probably safe to assume many of you have heard of this line, but there’s no way I could do an awesome tee roundup without including good ol’ JP. Those of you who own will likely agree — once you buy one shirt, you *will *buy many. Flattering, easy to wear cuts, in the most comfortable material known to man — James Perse is pretty much the cream of the crop when it comes to essentials, in my opinion.


From solid shirts to sundresses, this brand makes quality essentials like no other. A tad thicker than your average shirt, they are durable without sacrificing that casual, clingy fit that make basic tees so appealing. On the higher end price wise, but with Generra,  you get what you pay for – and we can’t ask for more than that, can we?

Three Dots

The company began with only three styles, three sizes, and twelve colors, and has quickly become a go-to for variety, comfort, and classic design…now extending their options into cashmere, dresses and more! With prices in the $40 range and up, Three Dots is a great choice for cute, quality basics.

Bop Basics

****Did you know that Shopbop.com – the fashion-forward retailer we know and love – also has an exclusive line of stylish basics? Racer back tanks, slubbed jersey shirts, and more…they’ve got all the day-to-day essentials you want at a friendlier price point than most.

**LnA **

This brand has attitude, without sacrificing it’s widespread appeal. For t-shirts and other basics with a little added sass, LnA has you covered. An excellent choice for your everyday top, edgy cropped tee, or even a cool pair of cut-out leggings (but don’t worry, we’ll save the legging schpiel for another blog post).

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