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The 6 Best Crisp White T-Shirt Brands for James Dean Vibes

Or how to look effortlessly amazing, whether you’re dressed up or down.

The 6 Best Crisp White T-Shirt Brands for James Dean Vibes
Sarah Idle
Updated 
Mar 28, 2022
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No one looks better in a crisp white t-shirt than James Dean. Fact. However, if you’re up for giving him a run for his money, you’re in the right place with our guide to classic white tees. One of your wardrobe’s hardest workers, a white t-shirt can be dressed up or down, whether you’re lounging in sweats and sneakers or tucking it into a pencil skirt. 

We’ve rounded up the best white t-shirts for women in Australia. From the loose and casual to the fitted and figure-flaunting, you’ll find every style, including v-neck and round neck. Even better, most of our picks are carefully made and consider the planet and people. Now, if only we could find one with our very own James Dean lookalike sewn in...

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Boody

Boody is all about organically-grown bamboo that’s good for the planet. Super soft, their clothes are gorgeous to wear - especially because bamboo is also known for being breathable, antibacterial and thermoregulating. (Basically, it keeps you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold.)

Priding themselves on their sustainable everyday basics, Boody is even an Australian company, based in Sydney. 

Their white t-shirts come in a range of styles, including loose and relaxed, boxy and slightly more fitted. Little details elevate them, including rolled cuff sleeves.

What we love: Using sustainably grown, organic bamboo, Boody’s white t-shirts are super soft, comfortable and are sure to become your new favourite tee.

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Mid Range

Kowtow

From our friends over the ditch, Kowtow focuses on 3 things with their clothing. Thing 1 is sustainable fabrics. You’ll only find organic, renewable and biodegradable fibres here that are Fair Trade produced. Thing 2 is ethically made thanks to their slow production chain that uses people- and planet-friendly processes and factories. Thing 3 is circular design where they consider the entire lifecycle of your clothes to ensure they last as long as possible. One day, they hope to close the loop entirely so your Kowtow clothes can be recycled or repurposed.

We’re big fans of Kowtow’s timeless design that will never go out of style. Their classic white tee with a crew neck is ideal for relaxed weekend wear. Or throw on their oversized boxy tee for a more casual feel.

What we love: Focused on producing ethical and sustainable clothing, Kowtow makes the kind of classic clothes you’ll want to pass down to your daughter.

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Mid Range

Boden

Factor in the air miles (Boden is a British brand) and it might not seem like the greenest choice. But Boden is committed to sustainable and ethical fashion, including slow production, complete transparency over their supply chain, reducing their environmental footprint through smarter fabric sourcing and quality clothes that wash and wear well.

Changing with the seasons, Boden has a great range of well-designed clothing that will last. We love their essential short sleeve tee that’s fitted and with a deep scoop neck. Thanks to its long length (it ends at the hip), it’s ideal for tucking into jeans.

Although it’s well-priced at $45, you might want to add a few things to your cart - shipping costs $25 on orders under $200.

Why we love Boden

A big brand, Boden still focuses on the small (but really important) stuff, like sustainable and ethical clothing production to make great clothes that last.

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First Base

Here’s how to get to First Base with no awkwardness - clean, simple and iconic clothing that’s designed in Bondi Beach and ethically made in China and Vietnam. Although lacking the sustainable chops of some of our other picks, First Base is committed to upping their efforts. These so far include biodegradable packing, using organic cotton and recycling nylon for some pieces and more.

Their classic white tees come in a range of styles, from cropped to boxy and oversize. They’re all 100% organic cotton and ethically produced.

What we love: Simple, effortless clothes designed here in Australia, ethically made with planet-friendly materials, First Base nails the laid-back surf aesthetic.Simple, effortless clothes designed here in Australia, ethically made with planet-friendly materials, First Base nails the laid-back surf aesthetic.

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Luxury Pick

Betty Basics

Based in Melbourne for the past 20 years, Betty Basics designs everyday (you got it) basics. The least eco- and ethically-focused of all our picks, Betty Basics is also the most affordable. But what sets them apart is their Betty Cares Foundation where they donate Betty Cares Packs (which include a top, pants, cardigan and 3 pairs of undies) to women in hospital and refuge care around Australia and New Zealand.

5% of the profits from the Betty Basics Essentials range go towards the Foundation. So, you can feel good about doing good when you choose to buy a white t-shirt from Betty Basics. 

We love the oversize Maui tee with its flowing sleeves and the relaxed fit Ariana tee, perfect for layering.

What we love: Doing good while shopping? Sign us up.

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Value Pick

Camixa

For a white t-shirt that’s going to last for years to come, we rate CAMIXA. They rate themselves on ethical craftsmanship and natural fibres that decompose in a few months if they wind up in landfill. Ethically made in China at a woman-run factory that only produces shirts, CAMIXA tees are timeless quality pieces.

Not only is CAMIXA ethical, sustainable and natural, they give back too. Every order plants a new tree. 

Their Teena white linen t-shirt gets comfier and softer with every wash. A slightly loose fit, it looks effortless, especially tucked into jeans or thrown on top of a bikini.

What we love: A CAMIXA tee is an investment but with its focus on ethical and sustainable manufacture and natural materials, we reckon it’s an investment you’ll love.

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