Let me paint you a scene: It’s last Sunday, late in the morning. There I am, standing in a pair of dark wash skinny jeans and a nude seamless bra, white T-shirts crumpled around my feet. The pile has been increasing in size for the last 45 minutes as I’ve been trying and re-trying every colorless crew-, V- and scoopneck—from the teeniest crop top to the longest thigh-skimming style—in my wardrobe, to complete the simple and effortless brunch ensemble I’m envisioning. (No, the irony of this is not lost on me.) When the clock hits 12:30, my stomach begins to aggressively grumble, and I acquiesce that it’s just not going to happen. I throw on the same slouchy striped top I find myself wearing more often than not and resolve to go shopping for the perfect white tee once I’m better fed.
Fast forward several fruitless internet searches later to this moment right now, and my wardrobe is still lacking the quintessential, supremely flattering, dress-it-up-or-down, tuck-it-in-or-tuck-it-out, goes-with-anything—EVER classic white T-shirt. Does a one-style-does-it-all tee even exist? According to my co-workers, all signs point to no. Nearly every person I asked suggested a different fit, cut and brand (although there is some overlap—whaddup, Vince?), which honestly means there’s but one solution: I’ll just have to buy them all. After reading their glowing reviews, you’ll want to, too. Click through the slideshow above to see what I mean.