How to Find the Perfect White Tee

Wardrobe Basic with a Twist

A basic white t-shirt is one of those items on my wardrobe basics checklist. It’s a VERY important piece to have in your closet. If you don’t have my wardrobe basics checklist, subscribe here to get the two lists for FREE. If you already have your basic white tee but want to expand your “tee-drobe” (it’s a thing) this post is for you! I’m also talking a bit more about the art of finding the perfect white tee.

blond fashion blogger over 40 wearing aqua white twist front t shirt mother the rascal blue jeans

What to Look For in a White T-Shirt

What you are going to look for depends on what you want. Do you want something thick enough, you don’t need to wear a tank or camisole underneath? Do you want short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves? A more billowy silhouette or something more fitted??

Here is what I traditionally look for in a white tee:

1) Body SKIMMING, not fitting. I like a little breathing room with my tees.
2) I always want tees that are cotton, Pima cotton or linen, and cotton blends.
3) A tee with a twist! I like modern details on all of my basics!
4) And, I prefer short sleeves in the spring that are NOT cap sleeves, nor too tight around the arms.

fashion blogger over 40 wearing best white t shirt by aqua brand and mother the rascal blue jeans

back view of outfit with aqua white twist front t shirt and mother the rascal blue jeans in truth or dare wash

mother the rascal blue jeans in truth or dare wash with dolce vita sonni ankle booties in nubuck

fashion blogger showing the perfect white t shirt from Aqua wearing with mother the rascal blue jeans

fashion blogger over 40 wearing white twist front t shirt and Mother brand The Rascal blue jeans


#1 | Twist Front Tee

This twist front tee is by one of my favorite Bloomingdale’s brands… AQUA. I’ve gushed about their amazing (and affordable) cashmere sweaters. But they have tons of other styles that are just as stylish! I love this twist front tee because it literally adds an unexpected twist to a basic white tee. It’s a cropped style, thick enough for a regular bra, and super comfortable. Since it’s cropped, it’s best to wear it with high waist jeans. I’m wearing it with these Mother jeans. They have a cool raw hem and I love the light wash denim for spring. To finish off the look I’m wearing Dolce Vita ankle booties. They are the perfect neutral color for spring and will definitely go with everything!

Shop more white tees here.

fashion blogger over 40 wearing zadig & voltaire metallic trim white tee shirt and mother jeans the rascal cut

back view of fashion blogger over 40 wearing zadig & voltaire metallic trim white tee shirt and mother jeans the rascal cut

close up of zadig & voltaire metallic trim v neck tee shirt worn with dainty gold necklace and sunglasses


#2 | Gold Foil Tee

How cool is this new tee with a gold foil trim on the hemline, sleeves, and neckline? It adds such a pop of interest to an otherwise basic white tee. I also love how lightweight it is. It’s a little sheer but you should be fine with a nude bra. You can also wear a nude or white cami if that makes you feel more comfortable.

I’m wearing the same Mother jeans and Dolce Vita ankle booties. It took me a while to start wearing Mother jeans, but over the past few years, I’ve become SUCH a BIG fan! Their jeans fit so beautifully and I love all of the cropped styles on my petite frame.

Shop more Mother Jeans here.

fashion blogger over 40 wearing b collection by bobeau annabel swing white tee shirt with mother jeans

back view of fashion blogger over 40 wearing b collection by bobeau annabel swing white tee shirt with mother jeans

fashion blogger over 40 wearing b collection by bobeau annabel swing white tee shirt with mother jeans


#3 | Longer, Swing Tee

I grabbed the 3rd white tee for those of you who want more forgiveness. If you have a tummy or love handles, the Annabel Swing Tee will be perfect for you. The flowy silhouette will not cling to the body. It has two inverted pleats at the top so it maintains more of a trapeze-like shape. It’s also long enough to cover your bum. I love the tee in white, but it also comes in pink, navy, and light blue. Throw on some jeans and booties and you have an easy, everyday look! Add more polish to the look with a blazer or moto jacket.

fashion blogger over 40 wearing Aqua twist front knot white t shirt from bloomingdales with mother jeans

Bloomingdale’s Loyallist Rewards Program

I wanted to share a bit more information about Bloomingdale’s amazing Loyallist Rewards Program. It’s super easy and free to sign up!

Here are some of the details about the Loyallist Program:

  • You get one point for every dollar you spend on, in stores, and at outlets
  • Two points for every dollar you spend on shoes, cosmetics, and fragrances in store and online
  • Free shipping with no minimum purchase required
  • Free returns for online orders
  • Double, Triple and Power Points during exclusive Bloomingdale’s events

It’s NOT a credit card and again it’s FREE to sign up! You just sit back and collect points towards future purchases.

Huge thank you to Bloomingdale’s for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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7 thoughts on “How to Find the Perfect White Tee

  1. Hi Erin, loving your u tube channel and newsletters!

    Windering what you did to elingate the necklace- i went to Bloomies and saW it and the shirtest strand is tight On the neck whuch it doesnt seem to be at all in your picTures- looks great in you!


  2. I have to say i dont care for any of these tees. it may be the photos but they dint even look white. Sort of pinkish. I dont like the way the faBric looks over washed and Flimsy. I like a heavy cotton tee with shaping sIdes and a neckline that holds up to washing and not too low. I like the length to be generous. I also dont cAre FOr the bUnching at the Tummy.

    1. What tees are your favorite? The vintage look is very modern and trendy. I think that is what you are seeing. Thanks! Erin xo

      1. I loved the White Stage tees from Walmart. I have them in every color immaginable. They held up their color and shape wIth no see through. Sadly, Walmart has discontinued White Stag. So i’ll keep wearing the ones I have until they finally wear out.
        I did purchase a few tees that had a three quarters sleeve. They were very flattering but were ChInese sizes!

        1. GREAT tip! Thanks! I’m doing a Walmart collab next month, maybe I’ll feature the tees. Thank you! Erin xo

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