I Finally Found My Perfect White T-Shirt
10.10.17

The best white T-shirt in the whole wide world is “the Crew” by Hanes x Karla.

I know this title has been debated, tested and awarded before, but this is the Real It. I first saw it on my friend Gabby Katz, a tee-picky fashion publicist with a big chest — two important details because I, too, am a tee snob, with ample-enough sized boobs depending on my cycle or who you ask. Her shirt was everything I wanted it to be: fitted but not in a lame way, plenty of room at the sleeves (I hate tight short sleeves), a good high-neck (“good” meaning the less trite form of perfect, harder to argue because it’s less objective), the right length (right above a low hip, easy to tuck into a high waist), 100% cotton in that structured-but-not-stiff weight. The holy grail.

“I wanted a shirt that I saw on all the heroines in movies from Grace Kelly to Winona Ryder,” says celebrity stylist Karla Welch on the website for her seven-piece Hanes collaboration, which Justin Bieber also had a voice in, which I find hilarious. A Grace Kelly/Winona Ryder/Justin Bieber aesthetic is the look I am always going for, so I bought five. Then I couldn’t stop wearing it, panicked about the inevitable ruining of it and now can’t stop wondering if I should actually own 10.

In my 29th year of age, I have resolved to get rid of the things that don’t serve me: hole-y socks, jeans I hate, the entire drawer’s worth of tees that make me feel gross. I have sworn an oath to “get over” the whole “I wore the same thing yesterday” complex, and I have promised to accept that the outfit that generally makes me feel best is the plain vanilla “jeans and a tee.” This shirt — the one I have deemed as the ultimate best — is my first big step toward this goal. Imagine a world where I open up my drawer, reach my hand in for the perfect tee and don’t have to dig? That could be my reality. Each paycheck I could buy a few in bulk, like I once did to revamp my underwear drawer.

Still unclear if this is excessive or practical. All I know is that I love it so much I want to hug it, but I guess wearing it feels just as intimate.

Photo by Edith Young. Amelia is wearing a Hanes x Karla T-shirt, Alex Monroe bee necklace, J.Crew belt and 3×1 jeans

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  • Anne Dyer

    Buying immediately. What size did you get?

    • Amelia Diamond

      Great q, I bought a SMALL and I wear a 34C bra.

      • Rizka Rivianti

        I’ve been dying for a new white tee. Is it true to size? I don’t like mine too fitted so debating whether I should get a S or M…or both…

  • me

    Finding the perfect white t-shirt is like the Holy Grail ! …. and then i go & drip soy sauce (with wasabi) down the front. Or a spec of tomato sauce. Whatever.

    NEVER. FAILS.

    Sadly, I’ve given up on wearing Holy Grails ….

    • Amelia Diamond

      “I’ve given up on wearing Holy Grails ..” hahah

      Just wear one on a white-foods day!

      • rachel

        Ah sure, one of those white foods days

        (Is this a thing/what is this, having major FOMO about white foods rn)

        • I’m so lost too! marshmallows with white rice, goat’s cheese, tofu and plain boiled chicken?

    • starryhye

      I’m gonna sound like a real mom here but, carry a Tide pen with you! I’m * always* spilling on myself, especially when I wear white. The Tide pen helps ensure that the offending spill comes out in the wash.

      • I’ll never understand how tide pens work so well. They are magic. And lifesaving.

        no exaggeration 😉

  • Jam Jam

    This is a success story of the highest order!
    Although why wait for the next paycheck to–oh–$30 for a Hanes shirt. That’s surprising…it sounds worth it, though.

    • Amelia Diamond

      because I want to keep buying them in bulks of 3, and it’s $95.00 total with shipping, and I want so many that I will need to plan out more than one $95 orders!

      • Jam Jam

        Totally! In my mind, Hanes=$5, but I’m recalibrating my expectations.

        • Amelia Diamond

          ah yea well. justin bieber brings the price up!!

          • Karla Welch

            Lol girl they aren’t reg Hanes! We recut and use

        • Karla Welch

          Hi! Hey aren’t reg Hanes. I made a shirt that I designed and cut out of the premium cotton Hanes has in their arsenal. So it’s actually a KARLA t shirt done in Hanes cotton. Justin is def a bonus! I’d say this t shirt is prob more like $80 in high end stores! X karla

  • Abby Paulson

    Where are these necklaces from?

  • eva

    i recently got the petit bateau white crew and it’s similarly perfect!

    • Amelia Diamond

      i love petit bateau too — the one i have is a bit more fitted though, do they have a sort-of-boxier one or did you size up?

      • eva

        yup just did a size up, resulting in the ONLY thing i wish could be more perfect about an inch too long, but i live with it as i wear it tucked in most of the tie ad honestly i assume that you technically *could* get a tee shirt hemmed? it’s also the perfect thickness, so i can wear any ding dang bra i want.

  • But can we focus on that belt… Where do I get one?

  • Bria

    Anything Karla Welch approved is a “yes” from me.

  • starryhye

    They offer a cropped version and a “baby” version, but no v-neck??? Rude

    • JennyWren

      I would have like version with a looser neck. I don’t like to feel throttled.

    • Karla Welch

      Sorry – I hate v necks! X

      • starryhye

        For whatever reason lately, every time I’ve put on a crew neck tee, I feel like I look very dowdy and very covered up. Guess I’ll be sticking with my $8 Target v-necks 😉

  • Jess

    How does this compare to the regular Hanes tee?

    • Amelia Diamond

      the shape! the shape is fitted-ISH but not tight. and i think it’s a bit thicker (but might be wrong about that, my hanes tees are sleeeeped in)

      • Julia

        By thicker material does this mean you never have a concern about your bra showing through??

        • BuffyAnneSummers97

          All together now…”titties to the wind!”

          • Bek

            My Hanes are so thick are these more soft?

        • Karla Welch

          Exactly!!!!!! That’s exactly why I made it thicker – I didn’t want to see my back fat!!!

      • Bek

        I have all these concerns about size. Xs or small? Model is wearing small but the model is Kaia, a toothpick. So WHO is an Xs?!
        Also is this softer than normal Hanes?
        But am just gonna pull the trigger bc I love the cut of my Hanes crew neck and I want to believe this will solve my problems

  • ReadER451

    Here! Here! Best T Shirt right now.

  • Brazinda

    off topic— I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pinky ring for over a year and you have TWO.

    Tell me where they’re from plzzzzzz

  • Just bought the ’80s crop because tits to the wind

  • Samantha s

    Sigh, I am jealous of delicate, lady-like sweaters who don’t have worry about pit stains…white t-shirts are a no-go for me (or is this why you buy 3 packs???)

    • JennyWren

      It’s either sweat or red wine. Or tomato sauce. Or coffee. Why are all the decious things such persistant stainers?

    • alex

      counterpoint: I’ve never noticed anyone else’s pit stains on a white tee but my own!

  • Rachel Finkelstein

    Read the first line and then just said eff it and bought the shirt.

  • Shevaun

    Amelia, you look cool like in a 90210 way, but in 2017. I like it, and also I need this shirt now.

  • Jillian K

    bought this and didn’t think twice.

  • rachel

    Amelia– what is the bra situation with this tee? I always want to rock a white shirt, but I can never find any that I can wear a normal bra under (not a blue one, just a plain ass nude bra!)

    • rachel

      Sorry for the cursing but this has been a 26 year struggle and I have a lot of feelings (to quote our mean girls friend that doesn’t even go here).

  • Hil

    Is this a temporary collab or here to stay? Meaning, if I wait to buy when it’s closer to my new white t-shirt season, will it still be around?

  • Basil

    Thank you SO much for this important public service. I’ve been obsessed with white tees since I saw this https://www-vogue-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.vogue.com/article/victoria-beckham-black-white-dressing-spring-2018-new-york-city-street-style-celebrity-off-duty-style/amp but couldn’t find any good ones

  • Alexis

    Clicked on the article for the title then saw the name of the website and immediatly was disgusted. Man repeller?! Are f$@#ing serious! You disgusting vile sexist b%#@hes! I’m sick of women and their hypocrisy.

    • Sophie

      Damn this is the most hilarious thing I’ve read all day

  • Marta Marco Muñoz

    This couldn’t come at a better time. I was hunting for the perfect white T-shirt just yesterday and for sure this seems to be THE ONE.

  • Melissa

    What size did you buy?

  • Caitie

    I just bought the Crew in a size Small but it seems really tiny and short. Does anyone know if that is what it is meant to be or did I get the wrong style?

  • For years I been looking for the perfect white tshirt! Years!
    All the time, I baught cheap tshirts and then I found a portuguese brand that does high quality white tshirts!
    Sometimes, buying something more expensive, it’s the better solution!

    • sum

      What’s the brand?? Now I want to know the result of that yearslong investigation!

      • Here in Portugal I found the brand Rust and May! Their tshirts are so white and they aren’t see trough (that’s my biggest problem with cheap tshirts). There will be other brands, but my favorite white tshirt is from that brand! 🙂

  • Gabriella Skouroupathi

    $15 shipping to the UK, worth it or nah?!

  • traces of light

    This looks perfect, thank you very much!

  • Carrie Colbert

    I love this casual look!

    Xo,
    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

  • Laura Riches

    Can we have a post to figure out how to best cleaaan all of our great white t-shirts instead of having to buy 6 at a time?? It would be so great to make them last longer. Every weird method I’ve researched still doesn’t work that great… vinegar, baking soda soak ect..

  • diana

    So what constitutes a large chest in this article? Because I know for a fact this shirt would give me nothing but uniboob, just like all things crew, as someone who wears a 30G.

  • Helen Collins

    How much is the tee shirt please

  • James0979

    How did you get it immediately? I just ordered at https://www.brandfrys.com/ to get it quickly

  • nicholeNYC

    ok, did we figure out sizing yet? I’m normally an XS bc I’m a 32AA with a padded bra, think Kate Hudson before she did her secret boob job… I ordered XS but should I have still gone S? 5’5 118 pounds… any ideas out there? BeYOND stoked to hear Karla talk about thickness of this tee- always looking for a thicker tee to not be transparent and more refined/80’s nerdy <3

  • marceline the vampire queen

    how’s the opacity? I’m tired of everything white being see-through