As you know, we’re big fans of building a capsule wardrobe out of hardworking essentials that can all be worn back together. Diving into our core capsule wardrobe pieces, the t-shirt is an essential building block that really ties everything in our capsule together. There’s something about a well fitting, long lasting t-shirt that is so effortless, and suitable for so many occasions all year round.
While it may seem like an easy piece to source, the truth is, there is a lot to think about when finding the perfect t-shirt. From the overall fit to the fabrication, here are a few key things to consider when searching for the perfect t-shirt for your capsule wardrobe.
Fabrication and Quality
For the perfect t-shirt we would always recommend opting for a natural fibre, as you really want this piece to breath on the body. Within this category we have cotton, linen and even hemp - just to name a few. Again, the fabrication you choose will depend on the gap you are looking to fill in your capsule wardrobe, with different fabrications suitable for different seasons of the year. 100% cotton or linen is always ideal for the warmer months due to the breathability of these fabrications, and in Autumn/Winter we might opt for a t-shirt in a heavier weight material, like the Deiji Studios Leisure Tee which is made from a weighted organic cotton and hemp blend.
As with everything else in your wardrobe, we always suggest investing in less but better, and that couldn't be more emphasised than with the classic t-shirt. This piece is likely to be worn and washed multiple times a week, so choosing a durable fabric that can withstand being the cornerstone of your wardrobe is imperative.
Fit and length
There are three key fits when it comes to t-shirts, a slim fit, classic straight fit and an oversized loose fit. An oversized t-shirt suits being worn out, styled loosely over pants for a laid back everyday look, whereas both the slim fitting t-shirt and classic straight cut styles are easier to tuck into jeans and trousers. We also like to pay attention the the length of the t-shirts, especially if you are planning on styling your t-shirt tucked in, then you'll want to avoid it being too long in order to minimise bulky, visible lines.
Short sleeve, capped sleeve or three quarter sleeve? For your perfect t-shirt sleeve length is something to consider. As we like to build out seasonal capsule wardrobes the perfect sleeve length might differ throughout the year. For example, for your winter capsule wardrobe you might opt for a three quarter sleeve length that can be layered under your knitwear or a jacket, and for summer you might look for a shorter and looser sleeve that keeps you cool when the weather heats up.
Crew neck, scoop neck and v-neck are just a few key t-shirt necklines to consider. We tend to gravitate towards a classic crew neckline for our essential t-shirts, because of the timeless appeal of this style, suits everyone and also because it works really well as a layering piece with its clean high lines.
Our Top Picks
We’ve done the hard work for you, curating our edit of perfect t-shirts to help you build out your capsule wardrobe.
Made in a slightly boxy fit, the Classic Tee by RE/DONE is our ultimate everyday t-shirt. Featuring a classic crew neckline with short sleeves, the Classic Tee is made from 100% lightweight cotton which is breathable in the warmer months but also ideal for layering under knitwear. The slightly shorter length of this t-shirt makes it perfect for tucking into jeans or pants without the extra bulk.
The Organic Fitted Rib Tee by Australian label Arnsdorf is the perfect slim fit t-shirt. Made in a ribbed organic cotton with 2% elastane, providing just the right amount of stretch to keep the t-shirt form fitting. With a crew neckline and short sleeves, we find this t-shirt can easily be dressed up and is perfect for tucking into trousers or a skirt. The fabrication is also slightly thicker which makes it a great piece to add to your workwear capsule wardrobe.
The 70s Tee by St. Agni is another t-shirt we love that is more slim fitting. Made from an organic cotton and linen blend, and with slightly longer sleeves this is the perfect t-shirt to add to your winter capsule wardrobe to layer under your favourite knitwear.
The Leisure Tee by Deiji Studios is our favourite oversized t-shirt. Made from a softly weighted hemp and organic cotton blend we love to style this t-shirt loosely over trousers for an elevated, easy everyday look. Paired back with an oversized blazer this t-shirt will transition perfectly from your summer capsule wardrobe, into your autumn winter capsule wardrobe.
The Classic Tee by St. Agni is made in an organic cotton and linen blend, and is the perfect example of an elevated basic t-shirt. With a classic crew neckline, this t-shirt is cut in a slightly relaxed fit that is perfect for pairing back with your favourite jeans for an effortless everyday look.