Check for quality before you buy
Whether it’s a cotton button-down or a silk blouse, check white clothing for quality before you leave the store: the color is completely unforgiving toward wrinkles and sub-par laundering. First, crinkle the fabric in your hand. If the fabric retains a ton of wrinkles, expect it to need precise ironing before each wear. Next, place your hand under the fabric and hold it up to the light. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the piece will likely be sheer when you wear it. Additionally, check the item’s care instructions to ensure it’s not too high-maintenance for your lifestyle. A dry clean-only white shirt will rack up high fees over time. This is how to spot a quality piece of clothing.
Find the perfect white T-shirt
Most stores offer endless iterations of this wardrobe staple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find the perfect one for you. Shop around on this piece: crew-neck or high-neck tees tend to look best on small-chested women, while V-necks and scoop-necks are flattering on almost all body types. Sleeves that reach close to the elbow are generally more flattering than cap sleeves. Similarly, pay attention to where the shirt reaches; a T-shirt that’s too long or too cropped could venture into sloppy territory. Finally, consider where you plan to wear the shirt. If your goal is to throw it on over a bathing suit, then lightweight cotton is fine. But if you plan to wear it under a blazer at work, you’ll need a thicker knit. These are the style secrets of women who always look put together.