Insomniac Sale Picks: Tailored White Tees

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Lynn requested a few picks for tailored white tees that aren’t transparent or incredibly long in the torso, so here we go:

Bella 1×1 Baby Rib Scoop Neck – was $16, now $9.99

Bella Brand has become my go-to since I swore off American Apparel, and their wares are cheaper and just about equal in quality. In my experience, baby rib tees are both more fitted and thicker than “jersey” tees, so this cap sleeve model should be a good bet. Bella does cut their tees a bit long, though, so it may disappoint Lynn on that front. Available in sizes S – XXL, fit is snug so size up one size. (Also see Bella’s crew and v neck options.)

Banana Republic Timeless crewneck tee – was $20, now $17.99

Online reviews of this tee vary, but I know that Deja has had great luck with BR tees and I have, too. These tees also run a bit long, but this style (and most others) are available in petite sizes, which will be shorter in the torso. Available in sizes XS – XL. (Also see the Timeless V Neck.)

Karen Scott Short Sleeve V-Neck – was $19.98, now $9.98

This style appears to be a bit boxier than the other two, but shorter in overall length. It features a flattering v neckline that doesn’t dip too low, and gets the thumbs up from reviewers. Available in sizes S – L. (XL available in other colors, also see petite version.)

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for tailored white tees:

  1. Athleta – Tees designed for workout wear are likely to be both fitted and opaque, and I’m a big fan of Athleta’s quality and design overall. This style isn’t available in white, but is such a fresh, fun take on a basic tee.
  2. Nordstrom – Loads of options, but choose carefully. This tee looks fitted, fairly short, and opaque.
  3. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! If you want to stock up on several at a time, thrifting probably won’t work. But since thrift stores have a variety of sizes and styles spanning years of design, you’re likely to find a few white tees that work. (¬†can help you locate stores near you.)

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10 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Tailored White Tees”

  1. Happy

    Nice picks! I think I could use another tee…
    What about dresses that could be worn for a summer wedding? Something pretty, not too short?

  2. Katharine

    Meh. I’d disagree on the thrift store recommendation for t-shirts, especially white. I’ve found that for that kind of basic, one is HIGHLY unlikely to find anything that hasn’t already been worn and washed to the ground, or has weird stains. And that goes double the more “perfect” it originally was.

  3. LisaZ

    I like J. Crew tees a lot. Good coverage, high quality cotton and tight knit. And as a long-torsoed person, I love that there are longer tees out there! I can’t stand my midriff showing with those boxy, shorter tees.

  4. Lisa

    My most recent Banana Republic tees gave up the ghost after 2 months. Holes, fraying, the works. My Petit Bateau shirts, however, are the $50 purchase that keeps on giving.

    • Sal

      Gah! They must’ve changed their fabrics or manufacturing. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Sandy

      Love Petite Bateau, bought one last year, French Stripes long sleeves. Have worn it and worn it and worn it and love it. BUT, that is a special style, cannot fit into the regular ones. Too tight in the “girls” area. That’s my quest. But try the long sleeve striped one. Love it.

  5. spacegeek

    Chicos has nice thick white t-shirts in round or v necks, with different sleeve lengths (including elbow). They are relatively short in the torso, which can be good or bad, depending upon the person and the outfit! Just another option.

  6. Sandy

    How about t-shirts for the abundantly endowed. The Chico ones have no shape. I would like shape with out daring. Please where can I find great t-shirts to fit? I will go through your list and try your finds first.

    Anyone know of stylish t shirts that can fit well endowed women?

  7. Jane Jetson

    @Sandy – I have had great success with Eddie Bauer ts. They have them in varying fits. I wear the semi-fitted version and it looks nice. I too am well endowed and want to avoid the boxy/matronly look. The color also lasts. I hope they haven’t changed since I bought mine last fall.