12 of the best v-neck t-shirts to refresh your capsule wardrobe

We’ve found the best v-neck t-shirts to suit every shape, budget, and occasion

Best v-neck t-shirts for women composite image of three models wearing v-neck t-shirts. One wearing a white t-shirt, one wearing a striped t-shirt and one wearing a black t-shirt
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Finding the best v-neck t-shirts can be a challenge. 

With most fashion stores offering a basics section, there are thousands of different fits, colors, and fabrics that all promise to look great with your best jeans. But not all tees are created equal. The key is to find out which style you feel most comfortable in. Roomier around the chest area, v-necks are a particularly flattering fit for those with a fuller bust. They're also great if you want a less restrictive top. 

Whatever your preference, we have scoured the virtual rails to find the best v-neck t-shirts to add to your capsule wardrobe, plus advice on how to style the best v-neck t-shirts, according to a fashion expert. 

BEST V-NECK T-SHIRTS FOR WOMEN CHOSEN BY OUR FASHION EXPERT

Model wearing white v-neck t-shirt

(Image credit: Cos)

1. COS V-NECK T-SHIRT

Best white v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $22 / £15
Sizes: XS-L

Reasons to buy

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Oversized, comfortable fit
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Thick, organic fabric that holds its shape

If there's one store that we can rely on for excellent quality basics, it’s Cos. The older, cooler sister of H&M does minimalist styles better than any other shop on the high street. This v-neck t-shirt is no exception. A heavier fabric that is unlikely to lose shape, it is designed for an oversized fit, so size down if you’d like a slimmer style.  


Model wearing grey v-neck t-shirt

(Image credit: Rag & Bone)

2. Rag & Bone The Sub Vee

Best classic v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $90 / £90
Sizes: XXS-3XL

Reasons to buy

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Available in three classic colours
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Not too fitted or too slouchy

It can be tempting to scrimp on quality with basics, but we promise the extra spend is worth it - in terms of longevity and in terms of elevating your look without being obvious. This Rag & Bone tee is a little pricey, but you will wear it time and time again. The standard fit means it’s super versatile, too. Want to wear it for evening? A tuxedo for women has become increasingly popular as party wear and wearing one with a t-shirt underneath gives a cool edge to an evening look.


Plus-size model wearing khaki v-neck t-shirt

(Image credit: Girlfriend Collective)

3. Girlfriend Collective Cupro V-neck Tee

Best plus-size v-neck t-Shirt

Specifications

RRP: $42 / £30
Sizes: XXS-6XL

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive size range
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Fabric that helps to regulate body temperature

Our go-to brand for size-inclusive, sustainable style, Girlfriend Collective has done it again with its v-neck tee. The neckline is neither too high or too low, while the fabric is hypoallergenic, 100% biodegradable and can even regulate body temperature. Available in a rainbow of colors with a fab size range, we recommend stocking up on this design. 


Model wears slim fit blue v-neck t-shirt

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4. Tommy Hilfiger Organic Cotton Skinny Fit V-neck T-shirt

Best fitted v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $40.92 / £30
Sizes: XXS-XXXL

Reasons to buy

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Super streamlined fit
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Made with elastane for extra stretch to mould to the body

 If you want to team your v-neck with wide-leg jeans or similarly shaped palazzo pants—one of the biggest fashion trends for 2022—then look for a fitted t-shirt to balance the volume of the bottoms. This slim-fit t-shirt streamlines your body and will look great tucked in.


Model wear beige relaxed fit v-neck t-shirt

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5. Gap 100% Organic Cotton Vintage V-Neck T-Shirt

Best relaxed fit v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP : $24.95 / £12.95
Sizes : XXS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Longer in the sleeve
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Loose fit that falls to the hip

Few styles feel as nonchalant as a slouchy t-shirt. The loose fit gives that elusive 'well put together but not even trying' look and it’s comfortable to wear too. Team with slim jeans or try mixing textures with a satin midi skirt for a casual summer look.


Two pack of black and white v-neck t-shirts

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6. H&M 2-Pack Cotton T-Shirts

Best budget v-neck t-shirts

Specifications

RRP: $12.99 / £8.99
Sizes: XS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money 
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Comes in a two pack

If you’re looking for a simple v-neck t-shirt that is stylish and functional, then this two-pack is a total bargain. These fuss-free tops come in classic white and black or gray and black sets, have a slim fit to streamline your top half and won’t break the bank. 


Model wearing a white v-neck tank top

(Image credit: Madewell)

7. Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tank

Best v-neck tank t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $19.50 / £19
Sizes : XXS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Available in 13 colours
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Wide shoulders so can still be worn with a bra

As the weather warms up,  you might want to swap out your v-neck t-shirt for something more airy. Look no further than this perfect tank top. The wide straps allow you to wear your best bra without the straps being on show. The slouchy style creates the ultimate laidback look for looking cool in the heat.


Model wears burgundy long sleeve v-neck t-shirt

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8. Banana Republic Luxespun V-Neck Legging T-shirt

Best long-sleeve v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $50 / £45
Sizes : XXS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Longer length, falling to the hip
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Thicker fabric to keep warm

Want to take your v-neck tee into the coldest months? This Banana Republic style is a hybrid of sweater and t-shirt and is a little longer in length so it falls to the hips for a flattering design. 


Model wears black v-neck t-shirt

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9. Everlane The Organic Cotton V-Neck

Best sustainable v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $24 / £23
Sizes: XXS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Made with 100% organic cotton
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Breathable fabric

When it comes to ethically sourced materials and transparency, few brands come close to Everlane. The products are designed to last so this tee should be in your closet for the long haul. Super soft, it's made with 100% organic cotton that means healthier soil, cleaner water and safer workers. What’s not to love? 


Model wears striped v-neck t-shirt

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10. Levis The Perfect Tee V-Neck

Best striped v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $28 / £35
Sizes: XXS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Defined, black neckline 
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Perfect length to wear with jeans 

There’s no fashion rulebook that says you have to keep your t-shirts plain. A striped style is timeless and is a great way of breaking up block colours or layering under jumpsuits.


Model wears black v-neck workout t-shirt

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11. Lululemon Align Tee

Best v-neck t-shirt for workouts

Specifications

RRP : $68 / £58
Sizes: 0-14 / 4-18

Reasons to buy

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Stretch and shape retention 
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Cropped fit

It can be tricky to find workout gear that is functional and flattering, but this Lululemon t-shirt fits the bill. The v-neck style is stretchy, weightless and super soft meaning it feels like a second skin. It is a little cropped and just kisses the top of your leggings. It's designed with yoga in mind, but we think it works for most workouts. Just add your best running trainers for exercise confidence.


Model wears sage v-neck maternity t-shirt

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12. ASOS DESIGN Maternity Nursing V-neck T-shirt

Best maternity v-neck t-shirt

Specifications

RRP: $26 / £18
Sizes: 2-16 / 6-20

Reasons to buy

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Double layering for nursing
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Longer length to cover bump

Loose v-neck t-shirts are ideal for when you have a bump and beyond. The neckline makes access easier for both breast pumps and babies. The style is also double layered, with concealed feeding slits under the top layer, making it ideal for nursing. 


KEY T-SHIRT TRENDS FOR 2022

Think of v-neck t-shirts as a building block for a number of outfits and consider these trends when selecting your new t-shirt. 

  • White t-shirts—classic and contemporary, you can’t go wrong with a quality white t-shirt. This spring, try teaming it with a natural linen suit for an outfit that looks super chic.
  • Relaxed fits—loose designs skim over the body and create a laid-back feel that is as comfortable as it is stylish.
  • Cotton fabric—breathable and soft on the skin, the cotton tee reigns supreme in warmer months. The v-neck shape has a preppy feel so try teaming with pleated skirts as seen on the Miu Miu catwalk.

HOW TO STYLE A V-NECK T-SHIRT

There are countless ways you can style a v-neck t-shirt. “While a v-neck tee looks great on all shapes and sizes, it’s a particularly useful design for those with a fuller bust”, says woman&home Fashion Director Paula Moore. 

“Giving the look of a casual, fuss-free t-shirt but with extra room in the chest area thanks to the cut-out ‘v’, the fabric is less likely to pull and stretch awkwardly.”

Choosing the right t-shirt for you means thinking about when you are likely to wear it. Is it a trend item? Purely for lounging around? Or are you after something plain to team with patterned pieces?

Think about the fabric, too. Some have a more rigid, boxy feel while others mold to the silhouette of your body.

Once you’ve found the one you love, we recommend buying two or three of the same style in different colorways so can be sure you have the ideal tee for any occasion. “I love mixing styles together and think a t-shirt under a blazer immediately gives you fashion credentials”, says Paula.  “A relaxed t-shirt tucked into wide-leg trousers or jeans also highlights your waist while keeping it casual.”  

Joely Chilcott is an experienced fashion and features editor having spent over ten years writing, styling and editing for a number of women's lifestyle publications, including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own. 


A certified shopping expert, Joely is always on the lookout for new and exciting brands that she can champion, while holding the high street close to her heart. She has had work published in Drapers, Women's Health, Fabulous, YOU, The Sun and the Metro, as well as being a regular fashion contributor to TalkRadio.