Read our potted history of the classic white T-shirt in June's issue of The Simple Things? Have a little look at our tee outfits. Don't be fooled by its uncomplicated looks - the white T-shirt declares angst and rebellion like no other item of clothing. Since being liberated from underwear status by American sailors, who revealed it when removing their shirts in hot climates, it has become the wardrobe staple for the disaffected.
For women, it should be crisp and chic. Jane Birkin got it right in her Serge Gainsbourg days as she padded around Paris wearing one with jeans and a gap-toothed grin. Its combination of insouciance and comfort maintains its style status, but finding the perfect one can challenge even the most fashion-savvy.
White T-shirt style – three outfits, from left to right:
1. A true wardrobe staple, this classic white t-shirt (CC, £25) is probably best worn under a fitted jacket (Warehouse, £60), with jeans (M&S, £23.60) and loafers (Swear, £130) for a soignee, Rive-Gauche kinda vibe.