For my readers who are fashionista’s, behold the mighty T.
An article by Bazaar’s Jaclyn Palermo
What makes the perfect T-shirt is in the eye of the beholder, and the hands of the fashion market experts. Which is why I have turned to the Harper’s BAZAAR and Hearst Fashion Group editors for their recommendations of the very best T-shirts out there. The most practical and versatile closet staple, tees are worth investing in, adding to your collection, and stocking up on through the seasons. Although the wardrobe essential is casual for most offices, the rules have changed and you can elevate the classic by pairing a white crisp go-to with a silk slip skirt and your most coveted heels for Summer Fridays, or layering it under knot-styled knitwear with the new denim brands every fashion girl should know. From form fitted to relaxed stripes to oversized ’90s silhouettes, the below editors share their favorite closet staples. Scroll through the edit and shop their tees that just get better with time.
1) Fitted Crew
“During the wintertime I wear the Kotn turtlenecks because they are truly the best. So naturally, the T-shirts are top notch! The cotton is supersoft and breathable for my skin, and fits so nicely tucked into jeans or underneath slipdresses. Another bonus, they’re ethically made, so I feel like I’m doing something right just by wearing.” —Kia Goosby, Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group
2) x Hanes The Classic Tee
“This T-shirt is a revelation, it works with everything from denim shorts to silk slip skirts, and gives you that Kate Moss ’90s vibe you want.” —Kerry Pieri, Director Fashion & Features Director, Harper’s BAZAAR
3) The Sleeveless Crop Tee
“This shirt is definitely a staple! The quality is so good and it’s cropped at the perfect length.” —Danielle Flum, Associate Fashion Editor, Hearst Fashion Group
4) Dominique Striped Ribbed Stretch-Cotton Jersey Top
“A scooped-neck striped tee reminds me of my high school years in the ’90s, while the ballet lines look elegant and easy.” —Joyann King, Executive Editorial Director, Harper’s BAZAAR
5) Lili Tee Link – Washed Black
“I know it may seem like a lot of $$ for a T-shirt, but trust me, this is the softest, most comfortable T-shirt I have ever owned! It is crazy versatile, I wear it with everything from a pair of jeans to a silk skirt.” —Carly Theder, Fashion Assistant, Hearst Fashion Group
6) Petit Bateau Iconic Tee
“What’s more iconic than a classic white T-shirt? It’s a year-round closet staple. Petit Bateau makes the perfect one that’s equal parts simple and elevated. I wear these on rotation and mix up styling them with worn jeans or a satin midi slip skirt.” —Jaclyn Cohen, Fashion & Accessories Editor, Harper’s BAZAAR
7) Authentic Breton Stripe Shirt
“A striped long sleeve T-shirt is probably my go to all year-round. This Saint-James Breton shirt is classic and timeless, and could easily be styled for any occasion.” —Andrea Zendejas, Accessories Editor, Hearst Fashion Group
8) Harper Tee – Cream
“How do I love this Anine Bing tee? Let me count the ways. This semi-sheer crew-neck style is incredibly soft. The special sauce is it’s made from a cotton-linen blend. It has a high neck and longish short sleeves that make it somehow feel both super relaxed and super polished. And it’s light and airy, which will be perfect for achieving that perfect half-tuck with high-waisted pants (no extra bulk!), if I ever find myself wearing those again.” —Alison Cohn, Deputy Fashion News Editor, Harper’s Bazaar
There you go, fashionista’s. T’s for you.