July 27, 2009  ·  style

White Layering T-Shirts

Our criteria for a good white layering t-shirt is that it be light enough to wear under a cardigan, opaque enough that people can't count your chest hairs, fitted, crew-neck, and comfortable. We reviewed four samples of this classic staple and here's how they fared.

1. Banana Republic | $15
Lightweight, fitted, and relatively comfortable. Flattering placement of shoulder seams. We would have welcomed a little more heft to the cotton.

2. Hugo Boss | $11
The most fitted choice, and also one of the most leightweight. Great for summer, and wearable on its own. We were a little disappointed with the thin band at the neck, which also has an unusually wide opening. Not the softest, either, but at least the cheapest.

3. J. Crew | $19
The heaviest and softest of the shirts we looked at. Ran a little big to size, and also not particularly fitted. Works as a layer, but not tucked in on its own. In typical J.Crew fashion, a bit overpriced. At least it isn't wrinkled and distressed to s**t like most other J.Crew products.

4. Lands' End | $12
We can't say enough about the quality of this shirt; the double stitching on all of the seams is first-rate. High quality cotton, almost as soft as the J.Crew. True to size, not quite as fitted, but the best all-around t-shirt in the bunch.

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