They are the hardworking staples of every wardrobe: presenting our all-time top T-shirt brands.

As wardrobe staples go, the humble T-shirt is perhaps the most versatile of chameleons. From a vintage band tee with denim for a cool off-duty look to a luxe silk tee and tailoring for a sleek work vibe to a fresh Breton stripe for a classic nautical look – and everything in between – the tee is the perfect layering piece between seasons. Throw them on underneath blazers, knits, dresses and jackets for casual, smart or edgier looks depending on your vibe and mood. Here are seven brands we really rate for their quality, comfort and style, and which are perfect for wearing throughout trans-seasonal September.

Anine Bing

LA-based Danish designer Anine Bing’s graphic tees have instant I’m-with-the-band appeal. In a washed black with a boxy cut and flattering oversized sleeves, they immediately feel like a favourite, nostalgic boyfriend T-shirt from the back of your wardrobe. Pair with distressed denim, luxe leather joggers or paper-bag trousers for a laid-back cool look. Explore the collection here.


Ticking all the boxes as an ethical, independent British t-shirt brand, YUNION T’s mission is to turn around the bad boy credentials of the fast-fashion tee. Lasting on average seven wears, the high-street T-shirt is the worst culprit for throwaway fashion. Flying in the face of this woeful record comes the unique flattering fit and premium gauge cotton/lycra mix of YUNION T’s style, which allows them to last, keep their shape and ‘skim rather than cling’. The fitted classic short-sleeve t-shirt is great under dungarees, slip dresses and lightweight knits as the weather cools. Check out the whole collection here.

The Breton Shirt Co

When it comes to T-shirts, nothing is chicer than a classic Breton tee. Created by a family-run business for the British Breton Shirt Co on the French Atlantic coast since 1988, did you know the original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean’s victories? Reworked in modern colourways (as well as the classic blue and white, naturellement), they are an instant hardworking wardrobe staple – pair with denim, trainers and a khaki utility jacket for nautical and simple weekend chic. Discover your Breton style here.

Frankie Shop

A new shape to emerge on the T-shirt rail this season is the power shoulder tank, which deftly adds structure and a cool edge to the classic tee silhouette. Tuck in to leather culottes and team with minimal heels for a modern take on a 90s feel. We love this beautifully soft Eva cotton jersey tank by Frankie Shop, which is available at Net-A-Porter. Shop it here.

Victoria Beckham

The Victoria tee, with its boxy cut, nonchalantly rolled sleeves and deep midnight blue tone, quietly exudes understated cool. Follow Ms Beckham’s lead and French tuck it into wide-legged trousers and finish with box-fresh white trainers. Smart enough to pair with a structured blazer for work, or dressed down with denim. An investment piece that will elevate your simple tee look. Browse it here.


If you’re looking for an investment T-shirt buy for winter, Theory’s 100 per cent cashmere rendition has all the looks of a classic tee, all the while created in ultra-soft Italian-sourced cashmere for a seasonal update. The slim fit makes it a great mid-layer under tailoring. Or why not pair it with a midi skirt, boots and a trench for elegant autumn dressing? It’s available on Net A Porter, and you can buy it here.

Proenza Schouler

Tie-dye just got the designer do-over. Forget all your misconceptions about the 90s trend and get the up-to-date look with this long-sleeve tee with graphic effect tie-dye from Proenza Schouler. Let the print speak volumes and pair with a simple all-black outfit to keep the look on-trend. You can snap it up over on Matches Fashion here.

By Lydia Mansi
September 2020


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Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.