Best T-Shirts for Women – Buying Guide

T-shirts are the basics of every wardrobe. If carefully selected, they can look stylish, go day and night, and wear from city to mountain. Leave the logo tees at home and discover our readers’ classic picks for the best travel t-shirts.

Best T-Shirts Tips

  • Always choose quality items that you can wear in most situations.
  • Avoid prints with logos or graphics.
  • Pay attention to how the shirt falls on your body.
  • Test out which neck style feels more flattering to you. I know V-necks don’t do it for me so I stick to round-neck styles instead.
  • Consider the sleeve length and where it falls on your arm. With a petite frame, I feel dated with an overly long sleeve but love a cap sleeve that elongates my arms.
  • Wear the right bra…size! A t-shirt bra is great for a smooth look but having the right support is more, more important than being seamless. If you’re not being lifted (comfortably), then you’re probably wearing the wrong size. A droopy bust can equate to a sloppy look no matter how pretty your top.
  • Choose the right fabrics! Avoid bulky clothing and you can fit up to seven tops in just one of these packing cubes!
  • With a little help from your wardrobe, take the same t-shirt and bottoms from day to night while, but give them two completely different looks (and staying comfortable as can be)!
  • Remember, the best t-shirt is ultimately whatever feels right for you–not what you see in a magazine or what someone tells you is the best. To nail the look, you have to pay attention to what you own, what works, and what you feel doesn’t flatter you.

Readers Recommended Best T-Shirts for Women

Trail Tee Brand

L.L. Bean Trail Tee

Better than the basic, this L.L. Bean is essential for women’s performance in t-shirts for trail or outdoors, both comfort and style. The synthetic polyester slub looks and feels like cotton, yet it wicks moisture and dries quickly for long-lasting comfort. With a two-way stretch, it gives when you move. Best of all, they come in a variety of sizes, including petite and misses.

One reader says, “They are synthetic and wicking but they feel a lot like cotton. They look good enough to come right off the trail and go right into a restaurant. Soft, breathable, wicking, fast dry – I’m in love.”

Madewell Brand

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tee

Madewell’s best-selling T-shirt features elegant pockets and a deep V-neck for chic style. Made of lightweight slub cotton, it is the perfect tee for a casual comfortable look you can take from the airport to the beach. We love the fun and unique colors that come in this tee, too!

One reader says, “I love Madewell’s t-shirts. I take four or five on every overseas trip, plus I wear one on the plane.”

Washed Jersey Cotton Pocket Crewneck Tee

Goodthreads Crew Neck Tee

This crewneck tee from Goodthreads is a great option for travel, as it feels wonderful in a washed jersey cotton. This is a great option for those of us who aren’t fans of v-necks or want more coverage. Tuck into skinny jeans swipe on a red lip, and you can take this basic tee to a sophisticated look!

One reader says, “I love the fabric and the way it hangs. I like that it’s longer and not real tight. It’s very comfortable and looks nice with dressy pants.”

Anatomie Melissa Tee

Anatomy Melissa Tea is a sleek, polished style that is extremely soft, made of Pima cotton, which means it is comfortable. The mesh sleeves and shoulder panels are airy, allowing your torso to breathe. Good works in tropical places or humid days, this T-shirt is a traveler’s go-to.

Foundation Short Sleeve V-Neck Top

PrAna Foundation Tee

PrAna is known for its yoga and outdoor gear, so it makes sense that also makes some of the biggest t-shirts for women when traveling. This foundation is made of a lightweight modal jersey with a Short Sleeve V-Neck Top, which makes it so soft and comfortable. It also comes in a variety of fun and unique colors.

One reader says, “I like PrAna T-shirts,” while another says, “I just bought a PrAna Foundation tee. It’s very soft and feels good to wear.”

Favorite Short-Sleeve V-Neck T-Shirt

Eddie Bauer Favorite T-Shirt

Eddie Bauer makes clothing with travel in mind, and the Favorite t-shirt is just that among its customers and our readers. Made from 100% cotton, this tee is incredibly breathable and lightweight, but still durable to last you throughout your travels.

One reader says, “I live in these all year round, and they are great for traveling, too.” 

Love Tee V Brand

Lululemon Love Tee

Lululemon isn’t just known for its amazing leggings. They also make the perfect t-shirt for women. Made from Pima Cotton, this top is incredibly soft. With a four-way stretch, you can breathe easily, even in the hottest of weather. Take it from the airport to a dinner out, as it’s such a versatile style you can dress up or down.

Multiple readers say they love Lululemon’s tees, with one reader saying, “I like the Lululemon Love tees.”

Breathe V-Neck Tee

Gap Fit Breathe V-Neck Tee

Gap makes amazing basics, including some of the best tees for women. Made from a breathable, high-performance heather jersey, the moisture-wicking fabric helps keep you dry when you’re on the go.

Many of our readers love their Breathe V-Neck Tee, with the saying, “My go-to tees are gap!” Another says, “I love Gap’s Breath Tee. The V-Neck version of the short sleeve is my favorite.

Relaxed Short Sleeve Supima Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt

Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck

Supima cotton is perfect for travel because it’s soft, durable, and holds color longer, so your tees won’t fade after washing. These relaxed v-necks from Lands’ End come in an assortment of bright and fun colors to spice up your jeans and sneakers outfit.

One reader says, “My favorite t-shirt is the Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck. They run big, so I go down a size for the perfect fit.” 

Any Day Short Sleeve Scoop T-Shirt

Target Any Day Scoop T-Shirt

For the best cheap t-shirts, you can’t go wrong with $8 women’s tees from Target! The classic scoop neckline of this t-shirt makes it easy to incorporate with any look. With a relaxed fit and ultra-soft material, you’ll keep comfortable all day during your travels.

Several readers rave about Target’s selection of tees, with one saying, “I love target Tees as well. Cheap and easy to replace, they wash well and look great with a statement necklace or a scarf.”

J.Crew 365 Stretch T-Shirt

Who nails classic style better than J. Crew? Their 365 Stretch T-Shirt features a drapery fabric that’s insanely comfortable, plus a figure-flattering slim fit. This is the perfect chic option to pair with skinny jeans and flats for a fashionable day wandering Paris. 

One reader ranks this greatest tee for travel, saying, “I have them in several colors, long and short sleeve. They are the only one I’ve found that the white isn’t see through.” 

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