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Bye bye, buyer’s remorse. In The Essentials Edit, In The Know’s editors and creators share the favorite basic items they can’t live without. From treasured white tees to favorite face moisturizers, these are the tried-and-true products our editors love — and the items you need to know.
A white T-shirt is a staple item in any wardrobe. But finding the perfect white tee can be tough in a sea of retail options.
Since a white shirt is a quintessential basic, almost every clothing brand has a variation in its line. Finding the absolute best is difficult when sorting through countless crisp tees with slightly different fabrics, weights and cuts.
In The Know’s shopping editors have tried their fair share of basic white T-shirts, arriving at the perfect tees for their individual styles. Check out what styles these editors recommend, from edgy casual options to work-approved wear.
Shop: Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee, $19.50
“I tend to be a messy eater, and even messier when I’m wearing white. That’s why I don’t like spending a lot of money on a basic, white T-shirt — but I still want to look good! Madewell’s Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee is pretty inexpensive and has a loose, V-neck shape with a pocket for a more relaxed fit. Plus, it’s super soft and only slightly sheer — not so see-through that I have to wear something underneath. My mom and I are both obsessed with it and have each stocked up on a few.” — Ellie Conley, Commerce Editor
Shop: Free People We The Free Clarity Ringer Tee, $38
“If I am wearing a T-shirt, it’s almost always oversized and purposefully worn-in. The best place I’ve found to get oversized comfy tees is Free People. The Clarity Ringer Tee in particular is a favorite of mine because it is super soft, perfectly oversized and has a purposefully thin material like a tee you’ve washed again and again. I often wear this shirt with a black bralette that peeks out from underneath, high-waisted black leggings and a black leather jacket. It’s edgy, effortless and completely perfect for me.” — Katie Dupere, Commerce Editor
Shop: Buck Mason Slub Curved Hem Tee, $35
“While I like to mix up the T-shirts that I wear, on the days that I want to keep it simple, I throw on Buck Mason’s Slub Curved Hem Tee in white with some blue and black jeans and white sneakers and call it a day. Buck Mason has perfected the everyday white tee here, making it fitted at the shoulders, torso and arms (but not too much so) and flowy toward the waist for some necessary breathing room. The curved hem gives it the slightest twist that separates it from other white tees on the market, adding a welcome edge to the classic jeans-and-a-T-shirt look that we all want to pull off. It’s $35 a shirt, meaning I’m not going to stock my closet full of these. But I plan on slowly building a collection over time.” — Gibson Johns, Host and Producer
Shop: Richer Poorer Women’s Pima Boxy Crop Tee, $38
“This boxy tee is great for layering at the office with a cardigan or for a casual weekend outfit with your favorite pair of jeans, and the pocket adds a simple but cute touch. It’s made from 100 percent pima cotton and it’s the softest tee in my drawer. I can’t help but almost grab it each time I’m wanting to wear a simple tee with an outfit. It’s so lightweight, too. Not only do I love Richer Poorer for my T-shirt basics, but the brand also has bralette and boxer sets that I love to lounge in.” — Madison Alcedo, Senior Home Goods Commerce Writer
Shop: ASOS White Loose Fit Heavyweight T-shirt, $23
“This is one of my go-to staples, no matter the season or time of day. It can be dressed up, dressed down and layered. It’s inexpensive and made of heavyweight jersey, so it’s not sheer and adds more of a slightly luxe feel to any look — more so than more thinly made tees.” — Moriba Cummings, Commerce Editor
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