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There are some things in life that are just unquestionably essential: wearing deodorant, for example, eating an entire pan of pasta after a drunken night out and brushing your teeth before you go to bed.
And, as anyone even remotely interested in fashion will tell you, owning a white tee is up there on the list.
A white T-shirt can be wheeled out all year round, – whether it’s tucked into jeans or layered over a floaty summer skirt, – it’s a wardrobe staple, which will get more wear than most other items of clothing you own.
Don’t know what to wear? Nine times out of ten, a crisp white T-shirt can solve the conundrum.
Not sure whether the dress code is smart or casual? A white tee will save the day.
You get the picture.
Given how much wear we get out of our white tees, picking the best one for us is of paramount importance.
So, we’ve trawled the internet to bring you the best T-shirts out there - whether you’re looking for something liberatingly loose and airy, or cut to flatter in a ribbed, retro fabric - we’ve got you covered.
The best places to shop for white T-shirts for women
John Lewis | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Reiss Tereza Cotton Jersey T-Shirt | £35
Framed by a round neckline and flattering short sleeve cut, the Tereza top from Reiss is made from pure cotton for a super-soft and breathable handle. Perfect for casual weekend looks, we've been half-tucking ours into high-waisted denim this season.
Marks & Spencer | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Cotton Ribbed Fitted T-Shirt | £8.50
This sustainably-sourced, cotton-rich round neck tee will quickly become an essential for casual days. Designed in a figure-hugging fitted shape with added stretch for comfort. The fabric has a soft, ribbed texture.
Our Top Pick: Pure Cotton Straight Fit T-Shirt | £6.50 from Marks & Spencer
Okay, so we couldn’t pick just one from M&S, because they really are fantastic for such a reasonable price.
This relaxed, straight fit tee, is made from sustainably-sourced cotton and uses M&S’ StayNew™ technology to keep it looking brighter for longer.
The White Company | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Double-Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt | £32.50
Crafted from two layers of pure cotton, this V-neck T-shirt is super soft and lightweight. The crinkle effect of this fabric and the turned-back sleeves give it a wonderfully relaxed and effortless feel.
Whistles | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Minimal Cap Sleeve Tee | £15.20 from Whistles
Crafted from soft cotton, this tee is cut in a relaxed shape, with a round neck and short cap sleeves. Style yours with dressed-down denim or printed midi skirts for a nonchalant feel this summer.
Boden | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Supersoft Cap Sleeve Tee | £25 from Boden
Made from a super-soft cotton-blend fabric so it can be easily layered on cold days, this effortlessly flattering tee features a scoop neckline and cap sleeves.
COS | Shop here
Our Top Pick: Cotton Jersey T-Shirt | £15 from COS
Designed from pure cotton, this short-sleeved, regular fit T-shirt features a scoop neck and neat topstitching along the edges.
Debenhams | Shop here
Our Top Pick: White Plain Cotton T-Shirt | £7 from Debenhams
Made from pure cotton, this very affordable white tee is cut to a relaxed fit with a scoop neckline and a chest pocket. Team with distressed denim and ankle boots on off-duty days.