A comfortable and soft T-shirt is an essential wardrobe staple for most women. There are a lot of choices out there, but what are the brands that have a reputation for not only being the best tees but the most comfortable as well? We have done a deep dive to find out for you.
Many factors go into finding just the right tee, including getting a great fit and finding a fabric that is not only soft but good quality and durable as well.
You can find a super soft T-shirt, but sometimes the material doesn’t last long with wear and tear.
We have come up with a list of some of the best-sellers and most popular options if you are on the hunt for the most comfortable women’s T-shirt.
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Old Navy EveryWear V-Neck for Women
Old Navy is one of the best places to get a budget tee. They have a vast variety of different fits, lengths, colors, and materials all for a very low price. They seem to modify a lot of their designs slightly each year with different color options available.
The Old Navy EveryWear V-Neck is a good choice for an excellent all-around shirt with a nice level of thickness.
The v-necks that are currently available have a flattering length to the arms and the length of the design. Generally, Old Navy v-necks are very durable and hold up well to washing and wear. For around only $7 they are a great buy.
Lululemon Love Crew III
One of the T-shirts that Lululemon offer that receives a lot of love from loyal customers is the Lululemon Love Crew III. This crew neck style is made from a Pima Cotton fabric, which is very soft and breathable.
A lot of women wear it for yoga obviously, but it is a great all-around basic tee. It has kind of a flowy fit, so it is quite flattering for most women, but you can size down if you like a tighter style.
Since it is Lululemon, they aren’t the cheapest options around, but they hold up well to washing and should last for many years.
Uniqlo Cotton Crew T-Shirt
Another great place to check out inexpensive yet good quality T-shirts is Uniqlo. Some of their styles are a little boxy, like the Women U Crew Short-Sleeve (pictured above), but they also have some nice, more form-fitting Supima cotton crew and v-necks.
What I like about the Uniqlo Crewneck is the fabric is fairly thick, even on the white style. So you don’t have to worry about this style being see-through, which is often a problem with white tees. They also cost less than $10, so they are pretty good value for the price.
L.L Bean Pima Cotton Tee
L.L Bean has a classic fit that comes in a massive selection of colors called the Pima Cotton Tee. Like most L.L Bean products, this is a durable garment that will last for years.
This style does well with washing since it doesn’t pill or fade in color, although there may be a little bit of shrinkage with this design in length.
You need to be a bit careful with the length of this design as it is somewhat short, so this is a good choice if you have a shorter waist. Since it is made from Supima cotton, it is super soft with a little bit of a silky feel, while at the same time being very durable. This style is also very easy to dress up or down, depending on the occasion.
Anthropologie Classic V-Neck Tee
A great retailer for a wide variety of stylish options is Anthropologie. One of their best basic T-shirts is the Classic V-Neck Tee; they aren’t cheap, but they are so soft and made with beautiful cotton that is very comfy to wear.
This style is a somewhat loose fit with reasonably short arms and quite a long length. It comes in a few solid colors or a couple of very cute patterned options. Anthropologie has lots of other designs, including a few cropped looks.
Gap Modern Crewneck T-Shirt
Gap also always has a nice selection of tees with different neck styles, fits, and colors.
A shirt that is a great option for the warmer months is the Modern Crewneck. It is pretty comfortable and has a universally flattering fit. It has a sort of relaxed fit and a longer length, which is good for layering.
Everlane The Organic Cotton V-Neck
Another great place to check out is Everlane, they have a few different designs of tee that are good quality options, but one of their best styles is The Organic Cotton V-Neck.
It is very soft organic cotton with kind of a loose fit, but still lean and long enough to be flattering. The V-neck is a moderate length, so it isn’t too low or too high. It is available in 5 colors.
Caslon Rounded V-Neck
If you are a fan of the semi-sheer look, you will want to check out the Caslon Rounded V-neck. It has a long, not too thick, super-flattering shape.
The v-neck is slightly rounded and isn’t too deep, so it looks modern and classy at the same time. The fabric is a soft cotton-blend of 60% cotton and 40% modal, so it is very soft and comfy. The fit is loose, so it is an excellent style for layering or everyday wear.
The only downside to this shirt is that it is a little thin, so you have to be careful with washing since there is a good chance that you will get holes in the fabric if you aren’t careful.
Available from Nordstrom
Hanes Women’s Relaxed Fit Tagless ComfortSoft Crewneck T-Shirt
If you are looking for a basic tee that is soft, comfy, and won’t break the bank, a good option is the Hanes Women’s Relaxed Fit Tagless ComfortSoft Crewneck. It comes in 15 different colors (some quite vibrant), and depending on where you buy it, you can usually find them for well under $10.
Hanes shirts tend to be good quality for a great price, the key is to find the design that will work best for your body type. This is a relaxed fit, so it is quite loose on most women.
Available from Walmart.com
Banana Republic Slub Cotton-Modal Crew
The Banana Republic Slub Cotton-Modal Crew-Neck T-Shirt is made from a cotton-modal blend, which is super soft and breathable. The length of the BR crew is a standard mid-length that will fall at the hip or slightly below. It is relatively thin cotton so avoid this design if you are looking for a thicker fabric.
Most years Banana Republic styles are usually a good investment for a wardrobe essential that will go with just about anything including a suit. Their shirts generally are not too fitted, nor so relaxed that they look sloppy.
KOTN Essential Crew
The Essential Crew is from internet favorite brand KOTN is a high-quality 100% cotton buttery soft style that gets glowing reviews.
Since it is a mid-weight cotton jersey it is the perfect thickness for a shirt being neither too thick nor too sheer that it is see-through.
This crew is particularly loved for its softness and super flattering shape. Reviewers also rave about the not-too-fitted, structured shape and high-quality feel.
Outdoor Voices Ready Set Shortsleeve
The Ready Set Shortsleeve from Outdoor Voices is a super-soft athletic tee that is versatile enough to wear for everyday life.
Made out of a performance cotton blend of 81% polyester, 14% cotton, with 5% spandex, this tee is sweat-wicking, doesn’t wrinkle, and is super soft. The slightly cropped boxy fit is flattering for everyone.
Land’s End Women’s Relaxed Supima Crewneck T-shirt
There are a lot of fans of this Relaxed Supima Crewneck that come back to it year after year. Women love the fit, the quality, and the versatility of the design as you can dress it up or down. It comes in some vibrant colors that look great and don’t fade when washed.
Land’s End offers fairly extensive sizing options, so if you have trouble getting a good fit for your body type, this may be an excellent choice. The fabric is thick and durable cotton that is by most reports very comfortable to wear either casually or for the office.
Reformation Perfect Vintage Tee
Reformation’s Perfect Vintage Tee is a soft, nice quality t-shirt made from 100% organic cotton. This beautiful design is a slightly loose over-sized fit that can look as dressy or as casual as you like.
The cotton is soft and light, yet not so thin that it is see-through. It comes in basic white, black, blue, as well as a blue tie-dye that looks great.
Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee
The fashionable Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee from Madewell is made from super soft, lightweight slub cotton (slub cotton has a little bit more texture in it than other types of cloth, it almost appears to have tiny bumps in it).
The fit on this style is loose, but it drapes in such a way that it is incredibly flattering for most body types. If you like a tighter fit, you may want to size down. This design can be dressed up or down and works very well for layering.
This white version of this design does have durability issues with many shoppers getting holes in the fabric after a few wears. Overall it is a comfortable, breathable, and excellent style for the warmer summer months, if you can avoid getting the holes in it fabric.
Available from Nordstrom
How to Find a Comfortable T-Shirt
Fabrics– These days, one of the most comfortable materials for a T-shirt is cotton, look for Supima cotton or the less expensive Pima cotton (Pima cotton is like Supima, but it is grown outside the US and does meet the requirements to be labeled Supima) if you want extra softness. Modal is also very popular at the moment. Modal is a type of Rayon, so it is soft, and it is often blended with cotton, so it is breathable.
Neck types– The three most popular types of neck with modern-day tees are crew, v-neck, and scoop necks. Within those types of collars, you will find necks with different lengths and depths, as well as variations on the style, such as the rounded v-neck.
Arm Length– When you are shopping, make sure you pay attention to the length of the arm in any style that you are interested in. Think about shirts that you own that have a length that you feel comfortable in. The arm length can make quite a difference in how much you like or dislike a particular style.
Length -Another significant thing to watch out for is the length of the design. If you are short-waisted, you will want to avoid the longer styles unless you prefer a tunic look to your tee. Or if you have a long waist or like to cover your behind, you will prefer those designs with a longer length. Most brands will list where the T-shirt falls in the description of the product.
Thickness– One of the hardest things to get right when shopping for that perfect tee is finding one that has the right thickness of the fabric. Over the last ten years or so, the style has been for the thinner, semi-sheer options that aren’t all that durable and won’t last very long. There does seem to be a shift back towards the more thick fabrics lately. While It is nice to have a shirt that isn’t see-through, you don’t want to end up with material so thick that it is uncomfortable in hot weather.