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T-shirts are basics at the core of every wardrobe. If chosen carefully, they can look stylish, go from day to night and be worn from the city to a mountain. Leave the logo tees at home and discover our readers’ classic picks for the best t-shirts for travel!
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When incorporating classic tees into your capsule wardrobe, you need to choose wisely!
- Always choose quality items that you can wear in the most situations.
- Avoid prints with logos or graphics.
- Pay attention to how the shirt falls on your body.
- Test out which neck style feels more flattering to you. I know V-necks don’t do it for me so I stick to round-neck styles instead.
- Consider the sleeve length and where it falls on your arm. With a petite frame, I feel dated with an overly long sleeve but love a cap sleeve that elongates my arms.
- Wear the right bra…size! A t-shirt bra is great for a smooth look but having the right support is more more important than being seamless. If you’re not being lifted (comfortably), then you’re probably wearing the wrong size. A droopy bust can equate to a sloppy look no matter how pretty your top.
- Choose the right fabrics! Avoid bulky clothing and you can fit up to seven tops in just one of these packing cubes!
When traveling, versatility is key to a capsule wardrobe. The best t-shirts are ones that can be dressed up or worn casually with jeans, as seen here:
With a little help from your wardrobe, take the same t-shirt and bottoms from day to night while, but give them two completely different looks (and staying comfortable as can be)!
While living abroad and making lots of last minute escapades, I quickly learned when stuffing a duffel that less is more. On the other hand, sacrificing fashion is never an option.
If you dread vacation prep due to this dilemma, stick to this: Pack super simple basics and let accessories lead. A blank slate of a plain white tee, skinny jeans and a coat to match everything, let yourself overdose with add-ons.
They take the least amount of space and creating so much style. Incorporate a print, color, and personality with scarves, shoes, bags, and jewelry, but always remember to keep things practical. Avoid wasting space by making sure everything matches!
Read these tips on how to avoid a boring all-black wardrobe when you travel!
Remember, the best t-shirt is ultimately whatever feels right for you–not what you see on a magazine or what someone tells you is the best. To nail the look, you have to pay attention to what you own, what works, and what you feel doesn’t flatter you.
Now, let’s look at what our readers recommended as the best t-shirts for women.
L.L. Bean Trail Tee
Better than basic, this L.L. Bean essential women’s performance T-shirt has both comfort and style, for on or off the trail. Synthetic polyester slub looks and feels like cotton, yet wicks moisture and dries quickly for lasting comfort on even the longest trail. With two-way stretch, it gives when you move. Best of all, they come in a range of sizes, including petites and misses.
One reader says, “They are synthetic and wicking but they feel a lot like cotton. They look good enough to come right off the trail and go right into a restaurant. Soft, breathable, wicking, fast dry – I’m in love.” Buy it here!
Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee
Madewell’s best-selling tee features a cute pocket and deep v-neck for chic style. Made from a lightweight slub cotton, it’s the perfect tee for a casual look you can take from the airport to the beach. We love the fun and unique colors this tee comes in, too!
One reader says, “I love Madewell’s t-shirts. I take four or five on every overseas trip, plus I wear one on the plane.” Buy it here!
Goodthreads Crew Neck Tee
This crewneck tee from Goodthreads is a great option for travel, as it feels wonderful in a washed jersey cotton. This is a great option for those of us who aren’t fans of v-necks or want more coverage. Tuck into skinny jeans, swipe on a red lip, and you can take this basic tee to a sophisticated look!
One reader says, “I love the fabric and the way it hangs. I like that it’s longer and not real tight. It’s very comfortable and looks nice with dressy pants.” Buy it here!
Anatomie Melissa Tee
The Anatomie Melissa Tee is a sleek, polished style that’s super soft, made from Pima cotton, which means it’s uber comfy. The mesh sleeves and shoulder panels are airy, allowing your torso to breathe. Works well in tropical locales or humid days in India, this t-shirt is a traveler’s go-to. Buy it here!
PrAna Foundation Tee
PrAna is known for its yoga and outdoor gear, so it makes sense they also make some of the greatest t-shirts for women when traveling. This Foundation Short Sleeve V Neck Top is made from a lightweight stretch Modal jersey, making it so soft and comfortable. It also comes in a variety of fun and unique colors.
One reader says, “I really like PrAna t-shirts,” while another adds, “I just bought the PrAna Foundation tee. It’s so soft and looks really nice when wearing.” Buy it here!
Eddie Bauer Favorite T-Shirt
Eddie Bauer makes clothing with travel in mind, and the Favorite t-shirt is just that among its customers and our readers. Made from 100% cotton, this tee is incredibly breathable and lightweight, but still durable to last you throughout your travels.
One reader says, “I live in these all year round, and they are great for traveling, too.” Buy it here!
Lululemon Love Tee
Lululemon isn’t just known for its amazing leggings. They also make the perfect t-shirt for women. Made from Pima Cotton, this top is incredibly soft. With four-way stretch, you can breathe easily, even in the hottest of weather. Take it from the airport to a dinner out, as it’s such a versatile style you can dress up or down.
Multiple readers say they love Lululemon’s tees, with one reader saying, “I really like the Lululemon Love tees.” Buy it here!
Gap Fit Breathe V-Neck Tee
Gap makes amazing basics, including some of the best tees for women. Made from a breathable, high-performance heather jersey, the moisture wicking fabric helps keep you dry when you’re on the go.
Several of our readers love their Breathe V-neck Tee, with one saying, “my go-to tees are Gap!” while another adds, “I love Gap’s Breathe Tee. The short sleeve v-neck version is my favorite.” Buy it here!
Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck
Supima cotton is perfect for travel because it’s soft, durable, and holds color longer, so your tees won’t fade after washing. These relaxed v-necks from Lands’ End come in an assortment of bright and fun colors to spice up your jeans and sneakers outfit.
One reader says, “My favorite t-shirt is the Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck. They run big, so I go down a size for the perfect fit.” Buy it here!
Target Any Day Scoop T-Shirt
For the best cheap t-shirts, you can’t go wrong with $8 women’s tees from Target! The classic scoop neckline of this t-shirt makes it easy to incorporate with any look. With the relaxed fit and ultra-soft material, you’ll keep comfortable all day during your travels.
Several readers rave about Target’s selection of tees, with one saying, “I love target Tees as well. Cheap and easy to replace, they wash well and look great with a statement necklace or a scarf.” Buy it here!
J. Crew 365 Stretch T-Shirt
Who nails classic style better than J. Crew? Their 365 Stretch T-shirt features a drapy fabric that’s insanely comfortable, plus a figure flattering slim fit. This is the perfect chic option to pair with skinny jeans and flats for a fashionable day wandering Paris.
One reader ranks this greatest tee for travel, saying, “I have them in several colors, long and short sleeve. They are the only one I’ve found that the white isn’t see through.” Buy it here!
Watch the video review to discover why TFG editor loves this tee!
Best T-Shirts Product Comparison Chart
|L.L. Bean Trail Tee||“They are synthetic and wicking but they feel a lot like cotton. They look good enough to come right off the trail and go right into a restaurant. Soft, breathable, wicking, fast dry - I'm in love.”||Check Price|
|Whisper Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee||“I love Madewell’s t-shirts. I take four or five on every overseas trip, plus I wear one on the plane.”||Check Price|
|J. Crew 365 Stretch T-Shirt||“I have them in several colors, long and short sleeve. They are the only one I've found that the white isn't see through.”||Check Price|
|Anatomie Melissa Tee||"The Anatomie Melissa Tee is a sleek, polished style that’s super soft, made from Pima cotton, which means it’s uber comfy."||Check Price|
|Gap Fit Breathe V-Neck Tee||“I love Gap’s Breathe Tee. The short sleeve v-neck version is my favorite.”||Check Price|
|PrAna Foundation Tee||“I really like PrAna t-shirts,” while another adds, “I just bought the PrAna Foundation tee. It’s so soft and looks really nice when wearing.”||Check Price|
|Target Any Day Scoop T-Shirt||“I love target Tees as well. Cheap and easy to replace, they wash well and look great with a statement necklace or a scarf.”||Check Price|
|Lululemon Love Tee||“I really like the Lululemon Love tees.”||Check Price|
|Goodthreads Crew Neck Tee||“I love the fabric and the way it hangs. I like that it's longer and not real tight. It's very comfortable and looks nice with dressy pants.”||Check Price|
|Eddie Bauer Favorite T-Shirt||“I live in these all year round, and they are great for traveling, too.”||Check Price|
|Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck||“My favorite t-shirt is the Lands’ End Relaxed Supima V-Neck. They run big, so I go down a size for the perfect fit.”||Check Price|
What do you think are the best t-shirts for women when traveling? Share in the comments!
For more women’s travel clothing, please read:
- Maximize Your Travel Clothing with These Tips on Mixing Prints
- On the Hunt for Versatile, Comfortable Women’s Travel Clothing? Find it Here
- Travel Clothing made for Delicate Skin: Introducing Summer Skin
- How to Choose Travel Clothing: 6 Factors to Consider
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