Country songs have long talked about women wearing their man’s T-shirts. I say to hell with that. There are lots of high-quality, smartly tailored, feathery-soft tees for women. Here are some of our favorites.
Lululemon Swiftly Tech Short-Sleeve ($68)
This is the shirt for when you want to work out at lunch but are too lazy to change. The fabric is woven with antibacterial fibers that help keep odors at bay, and the slim fit doesn’t look sloppy at your desk.
Patagonia Clean Color-Block Tee ($49)
It’s not surprising that this Patagonia tee is made from 100 percent organic cotton and dyed with natural ingredients (like food waste, dried beetles, and silkworm poop) instead of petroleum-based products.
Reformation Plush Slim V-Neck Tee ($28)
Reformation is a Los Angeles–based fashion brand that’s trying to make the fashion industry more environmentally and worker friendly. This tee, for example, came in way below industry standards for waste and emissions, creating just a quarter of the standard carbon dioxide emissions and using only 17 percent of the standard amount of water.
Outdoor Voices Circuit Shortstop Tee ($65)
It’s all about the feel of this tee, which has a loose-fitting cut and cozy soft cotton-spandex fabric. Use it for lounging or working out.
Tracksmith Harrier Tee ($70)
Tracksmith running products use modern materials and designs but ooze New England flare and old-school style. The Harrier tee is 89 percent merino wool, meaning it fights stink and is good at regulating body temperature, whatever the outdoor temperature.
Kit and Ace Court Tee ($68)
Kit and Ace has a proprietary fabric called Technical Cashmere. As you might expect, the rayon-cashmere-spandex blend is megasoft and makes for a great athleisure option.
Duckworth Vapor Tee ($60)
The Vapor uses Montana wool blended with cellulose and recycled polyester. We like the tee as an everyday go-to for outside play. We also like to support Duckworth because of all the work the company has put into reviving American textile manufacturing.
United by Blue Standard Pocket Tee ($38)
It’s all about the details with this made-in-America tee. Just look at the chest pocket and curved hemline. For every product UBB sells, the company removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways.
Everlane Linen Scoop-Neck Tee ($35)
This 100 percent linen tee is made for the hottest days and was sewn in Vietnam at this factory. We know this because Everlane, which sells high-quality yet inexpensive basics, is a champion of transparency. The company wants consumers to know exactly where its products come from and how much they cost to make.
Oiselle Lux Raglan Short-Sleeve ($54)
Oiselle founder Sally Bergesen wanted to make a decent pair of running shorts for women, so she mortgaged her house and got to work. The by-women, for-women Oiselle launched in 2006 at the Seattle Marathon expo and draws inspiration from the concrete paths and dirt trails that zigzag around the Emerald City. This durable, fast-wicking tee is perfect for misty prework miles.