The White T-Shirt Spectrum

 
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    The T-shirt has its roots in the 19th century, when one-piece "Union Suits" were cut into top and bottom garments. Dockworkers and miners were quick to adopt the garments as their de facto summer uniform.

It's hard to justify a T-shirt that costs more than $100. We're with you on that. But there is something to be said about the allure of staples made with quality and integrity. With summer heat in full effect, we've been in search of the ideal white tee. The old school undershirt may have seen some changes in fit and fabric, but one thing remains the same: Every man can pull one off. From classic icons like Marlon Brando all the way to modern fashion plates like Kanye West, a crisp white tee goes with anything from a well-worn pair of jeans and sneakers to colorblocked shorts and boat shoes. We rounded up some of the best-fitting ones on the market, made from all sorts of breathable materials.

 

Uniqlo, $13

Made of a polyester/spandex blend, this microfiber shirt neutralizes odor too.

 

J.Crew, $25

This cotton jersey shirt has been washed for a vintage-y, broken-in feel.

 

Orlebar Brown, $85

A subtle V-neck, cut lean from a silky, lightweight cotton with a rounded hem.

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Hanes, $24 / $19 (for 3)

The timeless white undershirt gets a modern update in a slim-fit.

 

Sunspel, $63

The British basic brand is known for their soft, Egyptian cotton fabric tees.

 

Our Legacy, $91

Their "Perfect Tee" comes in a regular fit made from off-white Portuguese cotton.

 

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July 16, 2013

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