The Best White Shirts for Men

best white shirts for men

Updated by Sonia Su

White dress shirts and white T-shirts are staples in any man’s wardrobe. The classic white dress shirt is incredibly versatile and can easily be dressed up or down, while the white T-shirt are perfect for everyday wear. This makes white shirts ideal for almost any occasion and dress shirts a must-have for special events. Here is a guide to the best white tees and dress shirts for men from Nimble Made.

The Best Men’s White T-Shirts

Nimble Made offers two classic white T-shirts:

1. Men's White T Shirt V Neck

We partnered with an ethical factory in DTLA to provide quality basics with the same promise of an actually-slim fit, including our white tees. Made from extremely soft and breathable 100% cotton fabric, our white V-neck T-shirt offers all-day comfort, whether you're running errands or lounging at home. The V-neck design adds a touch of sophistication, making this men's white T-shirt versatile enough to wear on its own or layered under a jacket or sweater for a more polished look.

Featuring a flattering slim fit, this white T-shirt offers a streamlined silhouette without sacrificing ease of movement. Its crisp white color provides a clean canvas for endless styling possibilities, allowing you to effortlessly transition from casual to semi-formal occasions.

Designed for durability, our white T-shirt is built to withstand regular wear and frequent washing, ensuring long-lasting performance and color retention. Whether you're dressing up or keeping it casual, this wardrobe staple promises to keep you looking and feeling your best.

2. Men's White T Shirt Crew Neck

Crafted from 100% cotton and made in the USA, this men's white T-shirt offers unbeatable comfort and durability, ensuring it will become your go-to choice for casual occasions.

Designed with a timeless crew neckline, this white T-shirt boasts a versatile silhouette that pairs effortlessly with jeans, chinos, or shorts, making it suitable for any casual outing. The clean white hue adds a touch of freshness to your look, while the understated design allows for easy styling and layering.

Our white crew neck T-shirt features a slim fit cut that flatters the body without feeling restrictive, providing a modern and streamlined silhouette. The breathable cotton fabric ensures all-day comfort, whether you're running errands or lounging at home.

Whether worn solo on warmer days or layered under a jacket or sweater during cooler weather, this crew neck isn't just a plain white tee. This crew neck offers endless styling possibilities—perfect for any man's wardrobe.

The Best Men’s White Dress Shirts

1. Men’s White Dress Shirt

Nimble Made Men’s White Dress Shirt

The white dress shirt from Nimble Made stands out as the best choice for a slim guy due to its meticulous design and superior quality. Inspired by the moon’s roundness, the Crescent by Nimble Made is perfect for dressy and casual occasions. The bottom hem is curved to provide a shirt that can work tucked or untucked, and the sky-blue accents add something extra to the overall look.

Comes with free metal collar stays and features a semi-spread reinforced collar, this collar style allows you to go with or without a tie and look good no matter how you wear it.

Crafted from a high-quality broadcloth weave fabric, this shirt offers a crisp, clean look that complements a slim physique effortlessly. The broadcloth weave means minimal shine and texture and gives a sleek and stunning look. Browse Nimble Made's spread collar dress shirts.

The fabric's composition ensures both durability and breathability, providing comfort throughout the day without sacrificing style. Its tailored fit is specifically designed to flatter a slim build, with a tapered waist and narrower sleeves that create a sleek silhouette.

The attention to detail is evident in every aspect, from the precisely stitched seams to the carefully placed buttons.

Additionally, the shirt's versatile white color makes it a timeless wardrobe staple that can be effortlessly paired with a variety of suits, trousers, or jeans, making it ideal for both formal occasions and everyday wear.

Overall, the Nimble Made white dress shirt combines impeccable craftsmanship, superior fabric quality, and a tailored fit to offer the perfect blend of style and comfort for the discerning slim gentleman.

 

2. White Collar Speckled Dress Shirt

Nimble Made White Collar Speckled Dress Shirt

If you’re searching for an option that is more opaque, look no further! The white dobby weave dress shirt from Nimble Made stands out as the ideal choice for a slim guy for several reasons. It features a slightly thicker material than our Crescent shirt. With a speckled collar and cuff interiors, this shirt can add a bit of flair in casual situations where you have your sleeves rolled up and your top button open.

Its slim fit design is tailored to flatter a slender frame, ensuring a sleek and polished appearance without excess fabric that can often overwhelm or bulk up a slimmer physique.

Additionally, the dobby weave fabric offers a subtle texture and depth to the shirt, adding visual interest and sophistication while still maintaining a clean and classic look suitable for various occasions.

The fabric's composition also provides comfort and ease of movement, essential for someone with a slim build who may prefer a more fitted silhouette without sacrificing comfort.

Furthermore, Nimble Made's attention to detail and quality craftsmanship ensure that the shirt not only fits impeccably but also retains its shape and durability over time, making it a worthwhile investment for any wardrobe.

Lastly, the versatility of a crisp white dress shirt cannot be overstated, as it effortlessly complements any suit or ensemble, whether for formal events or everyday wear, making it an indispensable staple for the discerning slim gentleman.

Overall, with its tailored fit, premium fabric, and timeless aesthetic, the white dobby weave dress shirt from Nimble Made emerges as the top choice for a slim guy seeking both style and comfort in his wardrobe.

 

3. White Button Up Collar Dress Shirt

Nimble Made White Button Up Collar Dress Shirt

Our newest button up shirt is The Bai. The white button-up collar dress shirt from Nimble Made stands out as the best option for a slim guy due to several key factors. This shirt features a light pink interior collar lining. The Bai also features a Jacquard pattern compared to the broadcloth weave of The Crescent. This is one the best white men’s dress shirts thanks to its versatility. Wear this to the office, to a wedding, or out to the bar; it won’t let you down. Here is our guide on men wearing white to a wedding.

Its tailored fit is specifically designed to complement a slimmer physique, ensuring a sleek and flattering silhouette without any excess fabric that could appear baggy or bulky. This precise fit not only enhances the wearer's appearance but also provides optimal comfort and freedom of movement.

Additionally, the high-quality materials used in its construction offer durability and a luxurious feel against the skin, promising longevity and resilience to frequent wear and washing. The classic white color of the shirt makes it incredibly versatile, seamlessly transitioning from formal to casual occasions with ease, and serving as a timeless wardrobe staple that can be paired effortlessly with a variety of outfits.

Furthermore, Nimble Made's attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship is evident in the shirt's impeccable stitching, crisp collar, and overall polished finish, elevating the wearer's style and confidence.

Overall, the combination of its tailored fit, premium materials, versatility, and attention to detail make this white dress shirt from Nimble Made the ultimate choice for a slim gentleman seeking both style and comfort.

 

How to Choose the Best White Dress Shirt

To make sure you are getting the most out of your shirt, it is important to consider a few things:

Finding the Size that Fits You

Finding the Size that Fits You

Size is perhaps the most important part of guaranteeing your shirt looks good on you. Even if you get a dozen of the best white dress shirts it doesn't matter if they don't fit. They are not sold in the standard small, medium, large, etc. Instead, they are sized by giving you the neck and sleeve length.

To guarantee that the shirt is not too big or too small, you should always go in with your measurements. This is as simple as taking a measuring tape and wrapping it around your neck to get the circumference in inches. From that number, you should add a quarter of an inch to it. This will allow for some breathing room, without overcompensating. If your neck measurement is not on a clear inch mark or half-inch mark, you should round it up to the nearest half.

View Nimble Made’s Cutting Edge Fit Guide

Sleeve Length

how to measure sleeve lengthYour sleeve length will also be measured in inches and can be done by measuring from the nape of your neck to the end of your wrist. For the best results, this should be done by standing with your arms lightly at your side and then have a friend or partner measure for you. You should round to the nearest inch. Here's a full guide on how to measure your sleeve length.

Off-the-rack options will show you the neck size first then the sleeve length. For example, the tag may read “16 ½ 32-33”. The 16 ½ will be your neck circumference and the 32-33 measurement will be the sleeve length range.

If you want to have a custom dress shirt made, you will need to have more measurements, such as chest width or circumference, waist width or circumference, and even hips depending on the type of fit and how long you want the shirt to go. Most custom shirts will require you to be measured in-store, so they will take the measurements they find necessary.

Different Fits

You need to find the right fit (so if you're slim check out the best slim fit dress shirts, or for shorter guys, check out our guide to the best dress shirts for short men), style, and comfort to get the best results. This is why it is important to understand what makes certain white dress shirts more desirable than others. Here is a separate guide on how a dress shirt should fit.

When it comes to the fit of your shirt, there are four main examples. The classic fit is designed to provide more room on the shoulders, creating a broader appearance. There is also some extra room for the chest and waist, as well as looser sleeves. This fit is ideal for those who don’t want their shirts too tight and will also add the appearance of a broader chest and shoulders. This is, overall, a very flattering fit for anyone.

Check out Nimble Made’s size chart and how it's actually slim fit for those looking for a slim fitting white dress shirt. 

slim fit size chart

The regular fit is also cut broadly across the shoulders and provides some extra room from the chest and waist. There is not quite as much room around the waist as the classic fit but is not form-fitting. The sleeves are slightly loose but not as large as the classic size. This provides a slightly more tailored fit to show off more of your form while making you still appear to have broader shoulders and chest.

Trim-fit shirts are designed to be more form-fitting and make the body appear more slender, and give a crisp appearance to the shirt. The armholes are slightly higher than on the classic or regular fit and are cut much more closely to the chest. There is still room left for movement so you aren’t going to be restricted by the shirt but will aim to keep your chest and waist appear as true to size as possible. The sleeves are also trimmer to define arms and make it look smoother under a jacket.

For a slimmer body type, you may want to consider an extra-trim fit. This will provide you with a shirt that fits close to your body, preventing you from looking baggy if you have a skinnier body. The armholes are high to keep the shoulders and armpits tailored to you, and the chest and waist are cut slim to avoid extra fabric. The waist and sleeves are both narrow and will fit very smoothly under a jacket.

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Picking the collar

various mens dress shirt collar types infographic

From left to right:
Point Collar, Spread Collar, Button-down Collar

 

Not all dress shirt collars are the same and it is important to find the right one for you. There are two main types of collars, and then many different subtypes. The standard, or point, collar makes up around 95 percent of all dress shirts and is the classic look. The collar’s edges are pointed down at a 60-degree angle and leave very little space between the panels. These collars are ideal for those who want to create a more elongated look to their face and draw the eye downward.

A spread collar is designed to look more youthful and less formal, while also showing off a tie if you choose to wear one. The collar points down at a 90-degree angle and helps to promote the eyes being drawn to your face. Spread collars are also associated with a younger style and can add some fun and quirkiness to your style.

Another popular style of collar is the button-down. This collar is sports and preppy, making it ideal for a casual or dressed down outfit. It is not designed to be worn in a business setting, but instead for events with a more lax dress code.

There are also many other collar types including the club, mandarin, pin, tab, spear, square, cutaway, band, and wing. They all vary in height and stiffness and are designed for various occasions.

how a dress shirt should fit

 

How to Choose the Best White T-Shirts

Finding the best white T-shirts involves a combination of factors that contribute to their quality, comfort, and style. Here's how to find the best white T-shirts:

Fabric Quality

  • Look for a T-shirt made from high-quality cotton or cotton blends. Supima cotton and Pima cotton are known for their softness and durability.
  • Check the fabric weight and texture. A medium-weight fabric (around 150-200 GSM) tends to offer the best balance between comfort and durability.

Fit and Cut

White t-shirts

  • Consider your body type and preferred fit. Slim fit T-shirts offer a more tailored look, while regular or a relaxed fit provides comfort and ease of movement.
  • Pay attention to the length of the T-shirt. It should hit just below the waistband of your pants without being too long or too short.

Neckline Style

  • Choose a neckline that suits your preference and style. Crew neck T-shirts are classic and versatile, while V-neck T-shirts offer a slightly dressier option.
  • Check the neckline's construction to ensure it maintains its shape and doesn't stretch out over time.

Solid Construction and Stitching

  • Inspect the stitching for quality and durability. Look for double stitching at seams, especially around the collar, sleeves, and hem.
  • Check for flatlock seams or seamless construction for added comfort and reduced irritation.

Thickness and Opacity

  • Hold the T-shirt up to the light to check for opacity. Good white T-shirts, whether medium weight or heavyweight tees, should be thick enough to prevent transparency and maintain its color, even after multiple washes.

Brand Reputation

  • Research reputable brands known for producing high-quality white T-shirts. Look for brands with a track record of using quality materials and ethical manufacturing practices.
  • Read customer reviews and testimonials to gauge the overall satisfaction with the brand's T-shirts and compare to other white T-shirts.

Price and Value

  • Consider the T-shirt's price in relation to its quality and longevity. While a higher price doesn't always guarantee better quality, investing in a slightly more expensive white tee often pays off in terms of comfort and durability.
  • Keep in mind that quality T-shirts are wardrobe staples that will get a lot of wear, so it's worth investing in ones that will last.

Also check out our guide on dress shirts vs casual shirts.

 

How to Care for White Shirts

Caring for white shirts is essential to maintain their crispness, brightness, and longevity. Follow these tips to keep your shirts looking fresh and vibrant:

  1. Separate Whites: Wash whites separately from colored garments to prevent color transfer and maintain their brightness.
    white shirts
  2. Pre-Treat Stains: Address stains promptly by pre-treating them with a stain remover or a mixture of water and mild detergent. Gently rub the stain before laundering.
  3. Use Cold Water: Wash in cold water to prevent them from yellowing and to preserve the fabric's integrity.
  4. Choose a Gentle Detergent: Opt for a mild, bleach-free detergent formulated for whites to avoid dulling the fabric or causing yellowing.
  5. Avoid Bleach: While bleach can whiten fabrics, it can also weaken fibers and cause yellowing over time. Use bleach alternatives or oxygen-based whiteners sparingly and according to garment care instructions.
  6. Turn Shirts Inside Out: To protect the fabric and minimize abrasion, turn the shirts inside out before washing.
  7. Select the Right Wash Cycle: Use a gentle or delicate cycle when washing the shirts to prevent excessive wear and tear.
  8. Hang Dry: Air-dry shirts on a clothesline or drying rack whenever possible to avoid shrinking and preserve the fabric's brightness. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause yellowing.
    white dress shirts
  9. Iron Carefully: Iron the shirts on the appropriate setting for the fabric to remove wrinkles and maintain a polished appearance. Use a pressing cloth to protect delicate fabrics from direct heat. Here is a more detailed guide on how to iron a dress shirt.
    ironing board
  10. Store Properly: Hang the shirts in a well-ventilated area with ample space between garments to prevent wrinkles and allow airflow. Avoid storing them in plastic bags, as they can trap moisture and lead to yellowing.

By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your shirts remain pristine and continue to be wardrobe staples for years to come. Be sure to also check out our guides on how to get stains out of white shirts and rings around the collars.

 

How to Style White T-Shirts

Styling white T-shirts offers endless possibilities, making them a versatile wardrobe staple for any occasion. Here are some stylish ways to incorporate white tees into your outfits:

Casual Chic

White t-shirt and jeans

  • Pair a white T-shirt with distressed jeans and sneakers for a relaxed yet stylish look.
  • Add a denim jacket or bomber jacket for a casual-cool vibe.
  • Roll up the sleeves of the T-shirt for a laid-back, effortless feel.

Smart Casual

  • Tuck a white T-shirt into tailored chinos or trousers for a polished yet relaxed ensemble.
  • Layer with a lightweight cardigan or unstructured blazer for a touch of sophistication.
  • Complete the look with loafers or desert boots for a refined finish.

White t-shirt

Athleisure

  • Combine a white T-shirt with joggers or athletic shorts for a comfortable athleisure outfit.
  • Throw on a hoodie or zip-up sweatshirt for an extra layer of warmth and style.
  • Finish with sporty sneakers or slide sandals for an on-the-go look.

white athleisure t-shirt outfit

Layering Masterpiece

  • Use a white T-shirt as a base layer under flannel shirts, plaid shirts, or patterned button-downs. Here is a guide on button-up vs button-down.
  • Experiment with different textures and lengths to add visual interest to your outfit.
  • Allow the collar of the white T-shirt to peek out for a subtle yet stylish detail.

Monochrome Magic

  • Create a sleek monochromatic ensemble by pairing a white T-shirt with white or neutral-colored bottoms. Check out our separate guide on all-white outfits.
  • Opt for tailored trousers or slim-fitting jeans for a refined look.
  • Add a statement accessory like a bold watch or leather belt to elevate the white tee outfit.

Edgy Edge

  • Contrast a white T-shirt with black leather pants or ripped jeans for an edgy, rock-inspired outfit.
  • Layer with a moto jacket or oversized denim jacket for added attitude.
  • Finish with chunky boots or high-top sneakers to complete the rebellious aesthetic.

Remember to play with accessories like sunglasses, hats, scarves, and jewelry to personalize your white T-shirt outfits and make them your own. With its versatility and simplicity, the white T-shirt serves as a blank canvas for endless style possibilities.

Bottom Line

Whether it is business, casual, formal, or a combination, you may be surprised how well a simple white T-shirt or dress shirt works to fit your needs. The classic white shirt works with nearly everything.

So whether it is with jeans, dress pants, or the full suit, dress to impress with the right white dress shirt.

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