Core Closet Essential: The White Tee (Trendy Wednesday #154)

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See several ways to wear this versatile basic top!

I’m starting a series here on the blog!.  I’ll be doing one post each week which will feature a Core Closet Essential.  What is a Core Closet Essential?

A Core Closet Essential is a basic article of clothing that is usually a solid color that will go with many other items in your wardrobe.

To get the most out of your wardrobe, you need to have mostly core closet essentials in it.  A capsule wardrobe is made up mostly of core closet essentials.  With a capsule wardrobe having a limited number of items per season, having clothes that will mix and match each other will ensure you many outfit possibilities.

Today’s featured core closet essential is the white tee:

white modal jersey tea

If you have one already in your wardrobe, you probably love wearing it and wear it often.  If you’ve recently shopped for a white tee, you might have noticed there are a lot of styles of white tees to choose from: crew neck, scoop neck, ballet neck, v-neck, pocket, no pocket, tunic style, you name it!  It can get confusing as to which one will be the right one for you.  You want one you will feel comfortable wearing.

So what do you look for when buying a white tee?  I’ve bought several white tees in the last few years, trying to find that perfect one.  I shop mainly online, since most of the stores I like to shop are about an hour away.  Most of the ones I have bought I had to send back due to the material being too thin or I didn’t like the way they fit.  I have recently bought the white modal jersey tee above and I love it!  I wore it the other day underneath a cardigan and felt very comfortable in it.

Here’s what I recommend you look for when buying a white tee:

Short sleeve and long sleeve: I recommend you have a short sleeve and a long sleeve white tee in your wardrobe, one for the warm months and one for the cold months.  I would avoid buying a 3/4 length sleeve, as they aren’t practical for the warm months because of the longer sleeve length.  Plus, when it’s cold outside, you want a top that will cover your whole arm to keep you warm.

A lower crew neck or soft v-neck line: I’ve found that these two necklines work best when layering over your white tee.  With a crew neck, you don’t want the neckline right at your neck, because you want to have room to wear a short necklace, plus it will look more relaxed.  Here’s an example of a lower neck tee in long sleeve:

long sleeve scoop neck tee

Straight hem: This type of hem looks great underneath layers, with a blazer or jacket (see the hem on the long sleeve scoop neck tee above).  The straight line looks finished and crisp.  I avoid buying white tees with curved hems, because it looks like they should be tucked in your jeans or pants.  Instead, you want to be able to wear the tee either tucked in or left untucked and still look good.

Opaque fabric: When it comes to buying a tee, I’ve heard from many women who get frustrated because most of the tees in stores is made of material that is see-through.  I’ve experienced this too!  I’ll find a tee that has the perfect neckline and the perfect shape, but when I try it on, the material is so thin that I couldn’t even imagine wearing it buy itself!  The material on this white modal long sleeve tee in my Winter capsule wardrobe is just right.  The short sleeve white modal tee I just bought is not see-through either and I love it.

If you are needing outfit ideas using a white tee, my new eBook, The Essential Capsule Closet: The Complete Capsule Wardrobe Guide will teach you everything you need to know about creating your own custom capsule wardrobe.  It includes a step-by-step visual capsule wardrobe creation guide, all the core closet essentials you need for your wardrobe, 30 outfit ideas, 20 color palettes, worksheets, a monthly outfits planner, plus more!

The first eBook of the Spring 2018 season, The Essential Capsule Wardrobe: Spring 2018 Collection is a complete wardrobe plan, that includes a white tee in the 26-piece collection!  All the clothes, shoes and accessories you need for an entire season of outfits is included, plus convenient shopping links, a checklist, a travel packing guide and more!

CLICK HERE to get your copy today!

The Essential Capsule Wardrobe Spring 2018 eBook

Here’s a few ways I’ve worn a white tee here on the blog:

(original post: Black, White & Olive)


(original post: 10 Ways to Wear a Black Skirt)

(original post: Neutrals With a Pop of Pink)

A few outfits on my Instagram account wearing a white tee:


Core Closet Essentials Series - The White Tee



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  1. I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe! I’m in the process of cleaning out my closet and trying to get rid of all the things that I never wear! A white tee is definitely a necessity! Great post!

  2. I totally agree with you that an essential closet piece can go the miles and yield many wears through season after season. I love a good tee, short or long sleeve, because when I am out of ideas or simply not inspired these shirts are the ones I tend to pick the most. I can’t wait to see what you will feature next week. Happy Wednesday!

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  3. A white t IS essential and it is hard to find the perfect one. Thanks for the recommendation Just got the new ebook. Can’t wait for spring. I’ll shop my closet first!

  4. You have styled those denim jackets and vests so nicely. One always needs a couple of good plain white tees, too. Welcome by tomorrow and Thursdays and link up with me Leanne. Thanks. =)

  5. Unfortunately the utility jacket &/or vest doesn’t fit all body types. A moto jacket could. However in a southern climate would be unreasonable. Any other suggestions? Thank you!

  6. I’m a plus size apple shape and thought it’s always best to wear dark clothes in tops. How does this work with a cre closet? I don’t feel comfortable in white/light coloured tees, shirts, etc

  7. You can certainly wear dark tops if that is your preference. I recommend wearing what you look great and feel good wearing. Dark tops look great with light or medium wash jeans, neutral color pants or skirts.

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