From Cool to Casual, These Are the Best Women’s T-Shirts for Summer

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Everyone has a few fun, frivolous items in their closet, whether that’s sky-high stilettos you only wear once a year or sequined anything. But you don’t have to be a celebrity stylist to know that it’s the building blocks of your closet that you should invest in, since these pieces are the foundation of your wardrobe.

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No matter who your style icon is, the humble T-shirt is a cornerstone of everyone’s collection. From plain to embellished to cropped, the best women’s tees can go from casual to elevated in an instant, by swapping out baggy jeans for a skirt or updating minimalist jewelry with a trendy statement piece. And if you’re looking to refresh your summer essentials, we’ve rounded up some of the best T-shirts for women that fit right in with the rest of your hot weather staples.

From organic options to breezy vintage-inspired silhouettes, check out our top picks for the best women’s T-shirts, including from brands frequently seen on Hollywood stars.

1. Amazon Aware Women’s Perfect Short Sleeve T-Shirt

The e-commerce giant recently launched its first line of eco-conscious fashion and home essentials. The Amazon Aware collection includes this effortless and affordable short-sleeved T-shirt that’s available in five colors (black, white, gray, brown, navy and lavender). It’s made of a sustainable blend of cotton, modal and elastane that meets ClimatePartner’s carbon neutral certification, and the buttery-soft fabric drapes beautifully.

Amazon Aware Women's Perfect Short Sleeve T-Shirt
Amazon Aware Women's Perfect Short Sleeve T-Shirt

Buy: Amazon Aware Women’s Perfect Short Sleeve T-Shirt $20.70

2. Buck Mason Surplus Rib Tee

Inspired by vintage undershirts, Buck Mason’s Surplus rib tee (also available in white) is made of 295 GSM stretch cotton that’s design to keep its shape. The classic crew neck, elongated sleeves, and lived-in texture give this piece an effortless look.

Buck Mason Surplus Rib Tee
Buck Mason Surplus Rib Tee

Buck Mason Surplus Rib Tee

$50


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3. Richer Poorer Recycled Jersey Elbow Sleeve Tee

Made from lightweight recycled jersey, Richer Poorer’s relaxed elbow sleeve tee pairs well with laid-back jeans or distressed denim shorts.

Richer Poorer Recycled Jersey Elbow Sleeve Tee
Richer Poorer Recycled Jersey Elbow Sleeve Tee

Richer Poorer Recycled Jersey Elbow Sleeve Tee

$48


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4. Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew

Everlane’s effortless crewneck tee is made of lightweight organic cotton and features a fitted silhouette, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the brand’s best-sellers. It’s available in a variety of versatile colors, so it’s a great piece to stock up on for spring and summer. (Angelina Jolie, HRH Meghan Markle, Emma Roberts and Olivia Wilde are among stars who have worn Everlane’s essentials.)

Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew
Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew

Everlane The Organic Cotton Crew Tee

$24


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5. The Great Boxy Crew Tee

For the perfect tee that mimics the lived-in comfort of a vintage garment, The Great’s boxy crew tee is a chic option (minus the thrift store hunting). Made of polyester, cotton and rayon, this shirt is just the right length for a French tuck and has angled sleeves that look great on everyone.

The Great Boxy Crew Tee
The Great Boxy Crew Tee

The Great Boxy Crew Tee

$95


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6. LNA Kai Tee

This sleek black tee by LNA — the LA basics brand seen on Kate Moss, Lucy Hale, Whitney Port and other stars — has a relaxed fit and a one-shoulder style and arm cutout to keep you well-ventilated in the summer. It’s also available in white.

LNA Kai Top
LNA Kai Top

LNA Kai Tee

$95


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7. Veronica Beard Jean Tazi Tee

For a pop of pink, Veronica Beard’s Tazi tee — from the label’s Jean line of basics — is a vibrant pick. The drawstring sides can be pulled to let loose or show more skin.

Veronica Beard Jean Tazi Tee
Veronica Beard Jean Tazi Tee

Buy: Veronica Beard Jean Tazi Tee $138.00

8. LifeLabs CoolLife Tee

LifeLabs’ CoolLife tee literally keeps you comfortable cool — by 3 degrees Fahrenheit, in fact, thanks to its proprietary Qmax fabric that helps to dissipate body heat. The material is lightweight, quick-dry, odor-resistant and breathable, the tee features low-profile seams and direct-print labels to minimize distractions. It comes in other colors and in sizes XXS to XXL.

LifeLabs CoolLife Tee
LifeLabs CoolLife Tee

LifeLabs CoolLife Tee

$49


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9. Levi’s Pepper Henley Tee

This super-soft striped henley by Levi’s gives retro vibes all summer. It’s made with a waffle-knit material that’ll keep you toasty during those chillier nights, and it’s available in other colors.

Levi's Pepper Henley Tee
Levi's Pepper Henley Tee

Levi's Pepper Henley Tee

$35


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10. Madewell Baby Tee

Madewell offers a ’90s-inspired twist to the classic silhouette with this lettuce-edge baby tee. Made of a blend of cotton, modal (created from sustainably sourced beech wood) and elastane, this super-soft shirt has playful hems that elevate even the most casual ensembles.

Madewell Baby Tee
Madewell Baby Tee

Madewell Baby Tee

$39


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11. Alo Yoga Micro Waffle Sierra Short Sleeve Top

For a cropped and comfy silhouette that adds texture to your athleisure-inspired look, Alo Yoga’s micro waffle short-sleeved top features cap sleeves and a thermal and breathable knit material that goes from workouts to happy hour when you swap your leggings for denim and throw on a cool jacket.

 

Alo Yoga Micro Waffle Sierra Short Sleeve Top
Alo Yoga Micro Waffle Sierra Short Sleeve Top

Alo Yoga Micro Waffle Sierra Short Sleeve Top

$64


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12. Old Navy Luxe Printed Crew-Neck T-Shirt

A plain white tee gets a makeover with a modern animal print and a soft-washed finish. This lightweight jersey tee also has a comfortable stretch, a curved hem and a draped fit.

Old Navy Luxe Printed Crew-Neck T-Shirt
Old Navy Luxe Printed Crew-Neck T-Shirt

Old Navy Women's Luxe Printed Crew-Neck T-Shirt

$14


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13. Nation LTD Savanna Top Shirt

For a Regencycore twist on the humble T-shirt, go with Nation LTD’s millennial pink Savanna tee that featured playful puff sleeves.

 

Nation LTD Savanna Top Shirt
Nation LTD Savanna Top Shirt

Buy: Nation LTD Women’s Savanna Top Shirt $83.30

14. Re/Done Heritage 1960s Slim Tee

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ’60s-inspired tee, this slim crewneck shirt in black or white by eco-conscious label Re/Done certainly delivers. (Miranda Kerr, Bella Hadid and Dakota Johnson are among the stars who are regularly seen wearing the brand.) It’s made of super-soft ribbed cotton and features an unfinished hem for that delicate-yet-edgy look.

Re/Done Heritage 1960s Slim Tee
Re/Done Heritage 1960s Slim Tee

Re/Done Heritage 1960s Slim Tee

$90


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15. Totem Curved Seam Tee

This statement-making tee by Totem elevates any everyday outfit, thanks to the dramatic sleeves, rib knit collar and luxe organic cotton fabric.

Totem Curved Seam Tee
Totem Curved Seam Tee

Totem Curved Seam Tee

$120


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16. Off-White Zebra Arrow Cotton Logo Tee

Pay homage to Virgil Abloh in this oversized Off-White shirt that features the cult-favorite brand’s arrow logo in a zebra print on the back.

Off-White Zebra Arrow Cotton Logo Tee
Off-White Zebra Arrow Cotton Logo Tee

Off-White Zebra Arrow Cotton Logo Tee

$445


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17. Outerknown Remote Tie-Dye Tee

Trends come and go, but tie-dye is forever. The perennially chic print is a pattern that never gets old, like the one on Outerknown’s Remote tee that’s made of organic cotton jersey and features an indigo-dyed pattern.

Outerknown Remote Tie-Dye Tee
Outerknown Remote Tie-Dye Tee

Outerknown Remote Tie-Dye Tee

$58


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18. Enza Costa Supima Cotton Perfect Tee

Kate Hudson, Kylie Jenner and Sofia Vergara are just a few stars who cozy up in Enza Costa’s luxe basics. The brand’s Supima Cotton Perfect tee has a fitted silhouette and a chic seafoam hue that’s just right for summer.

 

Enza Costa Supima Cotton Perfect Tee
Enza Costa Supima Cotton Perfect Tee

Enza Costa Supima Cotton Perfect Tee

$95


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19. Beyond Yoga Women’s Slinky Modal Jersey Swinging Cropped Tee

Whether you’re wearing this to downward dog or while out and about, this Beyond Yoga top isn’t your average V-neck T-shirt. Slightly cropped, this drapey, boxy tee has a split placket front hem for an extra touch that makes it anything but basic.

Beyond Yoga Women's Slinky Modal Jersey Swinging Cropped Tee
Beyond Yoga Women's Slinky Modal Jersey Swinging Cropped Tee

Buy: Beyond Yoga Slinky Modal Jersey Swinging Cropped Tee $64.00

20. Sundry Women’s Vintage Tee

This tee by Sundry has a relaxed crewneck silhouette that looks effortless, and the lightweight slub jersey fabric makes it ideal for balmy spring days.

Sundry Women's Vintage Tee
Sundry Women's Vintage Tee

Buy: Sundry Women’s Vintage Tee $68.00

21. Chaser Women’s Drop Shoulder AC/DC Tee

A rock ‘n’ roll tee is an easy way to channel cool-girl style. Chaser’s AC/DC T-shirt gives the silhouette an upgrade with drop shoulders and cuffed sleeves.

Chaser Women's Drop Shoulder AC/DC Tee
Chaser Women's Drop Shoulder AC/DC Tee

Buy: Chaser Women’s Drop Shoulder AC/DC Tee

22. Vince Women’s Relaxed Tee

Nothing looks or feels as crisp and fresh as a new white T-shirt — and the subtle mint shade of this relaxed crewneck tee by Vince offers an elevated take on the all-American classic. Pair this lightweight slub jersey tee with blue jeans to complete the look — or practically anything else in your closet.

Vince Women's Relaxed Tee
Vince Women's Relaxed Tee

Buy: Vince Women’s Relaxed Tee $85.00

23. Rag & Bone Ryder Muscle Tee

A plain black T-shirt is one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe, so pick a good one, like this Rag & Bone muscle tee. Exaggerated padded shoulders add a sleek architectural element to an otherwise classic top. The mid-weight jersey is made from 100% cotton.

Rag & Bone Ryder Muscle Tee
Rag & Bone Ryder Muscle Tee

Rag & Bone Ryder Muscle Tee

$115


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24. Velvet Jilian V-Neck Tee

Mix up your necklines with this V-neck tee from Velvet by Graham & Spencer, which has been spotted on Lucy Hale, Lily Aldridge and other stars. Made in the USA from jersey that’s 100% cotton, it’s slightly longer, hitting at waist length.

Velvet Jilian V-Neck Tee
Velvet Jilian V-Neck Tee

Buy: Velvet Jilian V-Neck Tee $59.00

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