White T-Shirts with More Arm Coverage
A white t-shirt is a must-have in any girl’s spring and summer wardrobe (just my opinion!). Pair a white t-shirt with jeans, shorts, a skirt, pants, and even layer it under a sleeveless dress – the options are endless.
The thing about white t-shirts – they can become dingy looking and/or stained over the course of a season. And then they only look schleppy (that really is a word in the dictionary!). There are ways to perk up your white tee, and I’ll share that below.
But likely you’ll need to replace your white t-shirts every year.
And I’m here to help! 🙋🏻♀️
As I’ve matured, I’ve broken up with my cap sleeve tees and now look for white t-shirts that have a little more upper arm coverage. There’s no reason we have to give up on a classic white tee! We just may want to adjust if our arms are a less toned than they used to be, or if we’re carrying some weight we didn’t used to have, or if, like my arms, the skin is a bit looser than it was ten years ago.
I have some favorite brands and styles among the myriad white t-shirts that are made with my age group in mind. AND I have some criteria that I adhere to when shopping for white tees.
Here’s what I look for:
- body skimming fit for a youthful silhouette,
- a close fit in the sleeve to avoid the frumpy look (unless it’s a styled sleeve, e.g., a flutter sleeve),
- a length that suits my body (I stay away from crop styles for sure!),
- fabric that includes a small percentage of stretch so the tee keeps its shape, like elastane (elastane has “elastomeric” fibre, meaning it has qualities similar to that of rubber and is made from polymers).
I’ve curated some styles linked in this post out of the millions of options in white t-shirt land from my go-to brands. I’m very partial to the Gap Modern Crew Neck t-shirt, particularly the style called Half Sleeve that gives a bit more length to the sleeve, pictured below. (Unfortunately it’s currently not available in white, but you’ll see the style in the shopping widget below in gray.)
If you’re doing some shopping research on your own, try using these search terms to find t-shirt with a little extra coverage: elbow sleeve t-shirt, t-shirt for older women, longer sleeve t-shirt. You can also find many styles that don’t have as close a fit as I’m showing.
Be careful with how you style a loose tee to maintain a youthful look. Add modern accessories and keep the pants or shorts a closer fit. Or try a front or French tuck and leave the back untucked. This front-tuck style tweak could work nicely with a skirt as well as pants or shorts. Not sure how to accomplish this look? Here are some easy-to-follow instructions compliments of Lands’ End. See the photo below of a tee with a front or French tuck.
Laundering Your White T-Shirt + Stain Care
To help my white tees last and stay as crisp looking as possible, I launder inside out on the delicate cycle in cold water. After washing, I dry on an extra low heat setting for about 5 minutes to relax wrinkles and creases. Then I remove the shirt from the dryer, turn right side out, and hang dry on a hanger.
To remove stains (including underarm stains):
Mix one-part Dawn dish soap with two parts hydrogen peroxide*. Apply the mixture to the stain, then cover with baking soda. Scrub the area with an old toothbrush, then leave for at least an hour, then wash as usual.
If your tee isn’t stained but just looking a little dingy, try washing it and setting it out to dry in the sun.
*Note – Don’t use hydrogen peroxide on color clothing as it may fade or bleach the color. Instead, soak the stain in a mixture of white vinegar and cold water for about an hour before laundering as usual.
Looking for a White T-Shirt?
Check Out Some Styles I Like
Included the widget below are classic tee styles as well as a few fun takes on the style from Anthropologie (love that store!). And here are a few links to other styles and brands that you might like that I wasn’t able to add to the widget:
Something to keep in mind when shopping for t-shirts: Most of the time models are taller than average. That means that the length of the sleeves as well as the length of the body of a t-shirt may appear shorter on the model than it would on you. Make sure to read reviews if you’re shopping a brand you’re not familiar with. And always check the return policy of a retailer before you buy.
Let me know in the comments about the white t-shirt styles you find that you love!