The white tee is a fashion staple – if you don’t have one then what are you doing with you life? I think Dem Franchize boys said it best, “Whoever you might see, I know they got a white tee” and it’s true. Pretty much everyone has at least one white tee in their closet. Growing up as a 90s kid, there were only three brands of white tees I could wear – Fruit of the Loom, Hanes or Champion. Everyone knows that Fruit of the Loom was the standard for any summer camp or t-shirt giveaway.
Since then, I would have never dreamed that there would be such a – for lack of a better term – t-shirt evolution. No longer are white tees simple box cuts made with rough cotton and no longer must you have the constant fear that poor washing will result in a new white crop top. Today, we’ve got long tees, v-necks, crew necks, scalloped hemlines, fitted muscle tees, boxed, flowy. Depending on your personal style, there is something for you. From as much as $200 a tee-shirt to $12.99 for a 3-pack, white tee comes in all price ranges. White tees are perfect for summer too, the light colour at materials help you stay breezy even on the smoggiest of Toronto days.
From $200 a tee-shirt to $12.99 3-packs, white tees comes in all price ranges. They’re perfect for summer as the light colour and materials will help you stay breezy even on the smoggiest of Toronto days.
Here are the top places to score a white tee in Toronto:
Get Fresh is one of my favourite boutiques in Toronto. Over the last 2-3 years, they’ve developed their own in-house brand titled, “The Barebones Collection”. Their Barebones Scooped T is perfect for both men and women and the scalloped hemline is perfect for layering. Made with 250GSM Jersey cotton, the tee feels great, not too thin and not too think and at $60 CAD you’ll get a locally made product with a premium feel.
Over the last 3 months, I’ve maybe bought 12 t-shirts from H&M. The fast fashion giants are kings at rolling out the hottest trends at an affordable price. I was able to get a scalloped t-shirt, a long tee in white and a bunch of other colours for $12.99 each. I have noticed that each shirt has some loose threads starting to show and stains but I still think it’s worth it. Once your t-shirts toast you, you can recycle them with H&M and they’ll give you a $5.00 voucher towards your next purchase.
Canada’s Oldest business still knows what’s good when it comes to the white t-shirt. The Department store offers more selection of brands than anyone else on this list. They’ve got classics like Calvin Klein, Fruit of the Loom, Hanes to white tees by Sandro, T by alexander wang, Topshop/man, Hershel and Publish Brand. If you’re not sure of the style you want to go for, HBC is a good place to start.
If you don’t know about Frank + Oak, where have you been?! Especially since we just held an awesome pop-up shop with them in March. I love Frank + Oak. The Canadian retailer has seen a meteoric rise over the last couple of years, opening stores across Canada and in the United States. Their mid-tier pricing is perfect for young professionals who can afford to spend a little more on quality made garments. F+O’s State Concept line offers a more tailored athletic look made with incredibly soft and comfortable materials.
Working Title is a Yorkville gem, the menswear & bookstore located on Davenport just north of Scollard specialises in well-crafted European menswear. My favourite tee from Working Title has to be their linen T by Margaret Howl. Nothing says summer like linen. Matched with a pair of jeans and some crisp sneakers, you’re definitely killing it in the streets.
Oak + Fort caters to both men and women but I’ve found it to be better suited for ladies. Oak + Fort offers a minimalist, but thoughtfully designed clothing. There is definitely beauty in the simplicity of their garments and their white tees for a no different. You definitely get that cool California vibe from Oak + Fort.
This west end hangout is one of the cooler stores in Toronto. Since opening, they’ve done an excellent job curating the perfect balance of small and brands. From basics to accessories, Park & Province can help you create the perfect outfit around your brand new white tee.
Going for that Boho chic look this summer? Well, Free People will definitely be your mecca! Free People is perfect for ladies looking for cute, easy to wear clothing. At a great price point too, you can grab that perfect boho white tee and pair it with some awesome artisans jewellery to complete your new summer look.
If there’s one thing American Apparel is known for (aside from their racy ads), it’s their vast selection of basics. Head to one of their locations and ask their employees to school you on all the different types of plain white tees they’ve got in stock. Their basic tees are reasonably priced (with most ranging between $20 and $30,) and they’ll last you a while too. Keep an eye out for their BOGO deals, when they run specials for buying in bulk.
There are few places in the city where you can get 5 basic cotton t-shirts for only $10, and Chinatown is one of them. If you’re a female looking for a boxier, loose fitting tee or a male looking for something basic, head to one of the many shops on Spadina selling tees in bulk. The quality might not be amazing, but the deal is hard to resist.