The T-shirt is one of the most basic garments you can buy. While it can be easy to overlook the art of selection because of this fact, picking the right tee can have a big effect on style and how good your outfits feel.

T-shirts are unisex shirts designed with a round, collarless ‘crew neck’ or V-neck. Although you can wear a V-neck as an outer garment, its low neckline allows it to be hidden when worn beneath an outer shirt.

Being in contact with your skin, along with its central position in an outfit, it’s always worth investing in quality. But if value for money is less of a factor, there are also plenty of high-quality designer tees if you’re going all in.

LACOSTE PIMA

While Lacoste is known primarily for its polo shirts, you can’t go wrong with a quality crew neck tee from the brand. Made entirely of cotton, this is an everyday item that is versatile enough to dress down with shorts and flip flops or for wearing out to casual social events.

OFF-WHITE X CHAMPION

Champion’s reverse weave is one of the most durable fabrics you’ll find in any garment. Add to that some Off-White detailing and you’ve got a T-shirt with loads of comfort and style. This yellow jersey, forming part of the Off-White x Champion Reverse Weave collaboration, features a rib-knit crew neck collar and both printed and embroidered logos. Tonal stitching adds a subtle flavour, while black Off-White graphics on the front hem and back make a statement.

Y-3 ORGANIC COTTON PIQUÉ

Yohji Yamamoto’s collaboration with Adidas on the popular Y-3 line is one of the best examples of a successful merging of fashion and sportswear. This long-sleeve T-shirt is constructed using organic cotton piqué, meaning it’s light and durable, and with an extended curved hem that’ll add understated style to your outfit.

VETEMENTS X DHL

Even though Vetements x DHL first dropped during SS16, it’s still kicking on. The SS18 capsule collection dropped on Mr Porter’s website a few weeks ago, meaning you can once again buy one of these coveted statement pieces at retail. This jersey is constructed from soft cotton and piqué in yellow, red and black, with tonally embroidered highlights. While this shirt will attract knowing nods from fashion heads, the price of entry is a cool USD$550 (SGD$725).

SASQUATCHFABRIX BLACK VELOUR

This short-sleeve black velour tee from Sasquatchfabrix is stylish but, even more than that, an outward symbol of comfort. The shirt is designed with a rib-knit crew neck collar and features a patch pocket, however there is no cotton to be found here, so breathability is something to bear in mind before making a purchase. Best worn with dark complementary attire, the way this piece softly reflects light adds to the cosy style.