Insomniac Sale Picks: Tissue 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?*

Ruth requested a few picks for tissue tees, so here we go:

bella tissue tee

Bella Tissue Jersey T Shirt – was $26, now $25.90 – $8.43

As you likely know, I’m a big fan of all things Bella. I tend to stick to their rib knits, but the brand has never done me wrong so I feel sure this tissue tee will deliver. Bella tees run small and long, so be aware when ordering. (Size chart here.) Available in pale pink, brown, black, white, and navy in sizes S – XXL. Size availability varies by color.

jcrew factory tissue tee

J.Crew Factory Tissue Tee – was $26.50, now $12.50

Ruth was hoping for scoop necks and this one is a bit more of a crew, but scoops are in short supply right now! This style also runs long in the torso, so potentially better for pairing with pants. Or for tall women! Available in citron, cobalt, black, red, navy, emerald green, coral, and purple in sizes XXS – XL. Size availability varies by color.


Gap Essential Short Sleeve U Neck T – was $19.95, now $15

Although Gap doesn’t specify this as a tissue tee, reviewers all agree that it’s quite lightweight and even a bit sheer. And it’s available in tall and petite sizes! Comes in mint, white, black, navy, heather gray, and coral in sizes XS – XXL. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for tissue tees:

  1. J.Crew and J.Crew Factory – When I think tissue tees, I think J.Crew. If the prices are a bit rich, try the Factory options … or wait for a sale. Seems like J.Crew gives 30% off approximately every other day.
  2. Athleta – I was surprised to find that this athleticwear company offers long- and short-sleeved tissue-weight cotton tees!
  3. Target – A less expensive choice, with long- and short-sleeved options.
  4. Nordstrom – Designer and embellished, but also affordable basics like house brand Caslon.
  5. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! Most secondhand shops are drowning in tees, and tissue styles have been trendy for several years. Worth a look! ( can help you locate stores near you.)

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6 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Tissue Tees”

  1. Not quite anonymous

    Okay, here’s a dumb question… What does one *do* with tissue tees, anyway? When I see them in stores I’ve always assumed they’re just low quality and that’s why they’re so thin, but it sounds like they’re meant to be this way!

    • Sally

      Tina and Ruth gave some great input below, but I’ll also chime in! Not a dumb question at all. Sheers can be hard to style and I struggle with them myself. But tissue tees make fabulous layering options when you need an underlayer that offers some coverage but relatively little bulk or warmth!

  2. tina

    @not quite anonymous–
    For me tissue t-shirts serve as layering pieces. They are nice when you live in a humid climate like I do!

  3. ruth

    wow, that is what I call service journalism! Thank you so much.

    I also use them as layering pieces–for example, today I am wearing a cowl-necked, drop-shouldered shirt made of somewhat flimsy fabric–without a tee underneath, I would feel restricted because of the wide armholes, the low neckline and the flimsy fabric; because I have a tee on underneath, I feel warm in my cool office and also free to move about in comfort, knowing I will not unintentially show any body parts I don’t want to.

    Thank you so much, Sally!

  4. A.B.

    Just bought two from Eloquii (plus-size). I’m not sure if they were meant to be tissue tees but they’re thin. And comfortable. The only downside is that they’re completely synthetic fabric.