The Best T-Shirt Brands for Ultra-Plain, Super-Chic Crew-Necks

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Hunting down the best T-shirt brands is like searching for the holy grail of fashion. Such is the importance of the quest for many fashion lovers. Here at Who What Wear, we're always being asked where you can find perfect tees to add to your wardrobe staples. But first off, it's worth reminding ourselves of the requirements that make an incredible T-shirt. For starters, they should fall just right—not too clingy and not too loose (unless you're after the oversized look). Other factors include it being in a block colour (with the exception of the Breton) for maximum styling options. Our preferences are tees in black, white or grey—although other hues are acceptable as well. (Wild, we know.)

Finally, there is one last trick that we highly recommend when on the hunt for this basic: Try shopping outside of the women's department. The men's section (or just head over to Mr Porter) can be a trove of T-shirt wonders, particularly if you're looking for a style that you might want to cinch with a belt. Here, we've rounded up the very best T-shirts you can locate—from high-street options to designer ones. Click through our gallery to shop from our favourite T-shirt brands.

1. Arket

Arket is right at the top of this list as it's consistently a brand that all the Who What Wear editors go back to for expensive-looking affordable basics.

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£15)

Arket Crew-Neck T-Shirt (£15)

2. Cos

Of all the brands that has really upped its game this year, it's definitely Cos. Without fail, I find the label delivers chic, cool items that have real longevity. And the T-shirts are no exception.

Cos Regular Fit T-Shirt (£15)

Cos Slim-Fit T-Shirt (£15)

3. Marks & Spencer

A classic high-street brand that rarely lets you down.

M&S Collection Linen Crew Neck Straight Fit T-Shirt (£15)

M&S Collection Pure Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt (£13)

4. H&M

On a real budget? H&M really does offer great items at a lower cost.

H&M Fine-Knit T-Shirt (£10)

H&M Fine-Knit T-Shirt (£10)

5. James Pearse

If you're looking to invest, James Pearse is one of the leading luxury brands for tees.

James Perse Vintage Boy Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt (£80)

James Perse Vintage Boy Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt (£75)

6. Dries Van Noten

I hadn't considered Dries before but these oversized crew-necks are perfect.

Dries Van Noten Helinga Supima Cotton-Blend Jersey T-Shirt (£290)

Dries Van Noten Helinga Supima Cotton-Blend Jersey T-Shirt (£290)

7. Balenciaga

OK, so this does have a little logo on it (very autumn/winter 2021, thank you very much) but if you're a Balenciaga fan then these tees are for you.

Balenciaga Embroidered Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt (£450)

Balenciaga Embroidered Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt (£450)

8. Monki

I have a white T-shirt from Monki that I've owned for over six years and it's still going strong.

Monki Soft T-Shirt (£15)

Monki Soft T-Shirt (£15)

9. Uniqlo

For the ultimate classic tees, look to Uniqlo. The brilliant thing about this brand is that they offer much more interesting colours too.

Uniqlo Women Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeved T-Shirt (£10)

Uniqlo Women Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeved T-Shirt (£10)

10. GAP

When I asked the members of our group So... Should I Buy This? Gap came up as one of the biggest recommendations.

Gap 100% Organic Cotton Vintage T-Shirt (£13)

Gap 100% Organic Cotton Vintage T-Shirt (£13)

11. Hush

Don't sleep on Hush, they really have some great tees.

Hush Bria Boxy Cotton T-Shirt (£27)

Hush Bria Boxy Cotton T-Shirt (£15)

12. Ninety Percent

Sustainable brand Ninety Percent knows how to do great cotton basics.

Ninety Percent Fay Oversized Organic Cotton-Jersey T-shirt (£45)

Ninety Percent Fay Oversized Organic Cotton-Jersey T-shirt (£45)

13. Raey

I really love Matchesfashion's in-house brand Raey. Chic, luxurious but super simple.

Raey Recycled-Yarn Cotton-Blend T-shirt (£85)

Raey Recycled-Yarn Cotton-Blend T-shirt (£85)

14. Frame

You might know Frame for its denim but it's worth looking at its T-shirts too.

Frame Slubbed Linen-Jersey Crew-Neck T-shirt (£95)

Frame Slubbed Linen-Jersey Crew-Neck T-shirt (£95)

15. Whistles

I love the length of the sleeves on these tees from Whistles.

Whistles Rosa Double Trim T-Shirt (£35)

Whistles Emily Ultimate Tshirt (£35)

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