Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The White T-Shirt Awards; FASHION; the Simplest Things in Life Can Be the Hardest to Find. Emma McCarthy Searches for the Perfect Basic

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The White T-Shirt Awards; FASHION; the Simplest Things in Life Can Be the Hardest to Find. Emma McCarthy Searches for the Perfect Basic

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

BEST ALL-ROUNDER JAMES PERSE While there is no one perfect white T-shirt to suit every person, James Perse comes pretty close. Since 1994, the LA-based T-shirt label has gained a loyal following -- particularly with the fashion pack -- for its relaxed, just-theright-amount-of-slouch tees. Of course, perfection comes at a cost. But providing you're happy to fork out [pounds sterling]65 on a plain white T-shirt, you'll never look back again.

[pounds sterling]65, jamesperse.co.uk ? BEST FOR VARIETY SPLENDID Whether you're after a deep V or a simple scoop, a thick 100 per cent cotton count or an airy sheer modal-blend, a squaredup box cut or a slimline fit -- it's a pretty safe bet that US jersey label Splendid will have it in stock. But when it comes to the Little White Tee stakes, our hero is this super-soft ribbed jersey option. [pounds sterling]55, net-a-porter.com ? BEST IN THE WASH ASOS Life would be so much easier if the phrases "dry clean only" and "lay flat to dry" were banned from the care labels of everyday basics. If you want a tee that can withstand a 40-degree wash -- and who wouldn't? -- head straight for ASOS. Its range caters to practicality, without sacrificing style -- as this rolled sleeve boyfriend-fit tee demonstrates perfectly.

[pounds sterling]10, asos.com ? BEST FOR COMFORT MUJI Thick, spongy and super-soft organic cotton makes Muji's crew-neck extra cosy, even in the middle of winter. If you're still in doubt, it also comes in a long-sleeved version too.

[pounds sterling]9.95, muji.com ? BEST FIT LNA Those in the know (aka the white T-shirt anoraks) can spot an LNA a mile off. Why? Because it's got the fit down to an art form. First launched by two Californian girls who dreamed of creating the perfect men's-fit T-shirt for women, the label has turned a loose and laid-back -- but never unshapely -- silhouette into its signature. They cost a bomb and are a pain in the backside to wash, but who cares when it looks this good? …

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