Everyday Tee-Time Vol. 3

Wear some not-so-plain white tees to put some colour back into your life.

By Chris Ong        25 May 2021

A white tee is a classic, an essential, a staple, and also, the most convenient top to have in your wardrobe to pull out and put on any day of the week. Plus, it goes with everything. While you can get one (or even a pack) of plain, old white tees anywhere, might we suggest trying some same-coloured ones, but designed with just a dash of difference to make you feel just that bit more spesh, even on the most drab or colourless of days? Trust us – these 8 here are great to don on, regardless if you’re heading out to grab a takeaway or for a quick date, or just for when you are staying in with the fam.

“Everyday Tee-Time” is our regular fortnightly round-up of the best new T-shirts that fit you, well, to a tee.

H&M Relaxed fit T-shirt
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Relaxed fit T-shirt (The Simpsons), $19.95, H&M

Want to show the world that you’re a kidult, young at heart or a cartoon fan? Then this tee’s it. The eternal brat Bart Simpson features on the left chest (with his trusty skateboard), but that is not all. Turn to the back and – surprise! – you get the whole Simpsons family plus a host of the animated sitcom’s characters such as Krusty the Clown, Ned Flanders and Scratchy (with Itchy, oddly and noticeably, missing – oh, well).

Available at H&M stores, multiple locations, www2.hm.com/en_asia2/


Merk Box Social distancing graphic tee

Social distancing graphic tee, $19.90, Merk Box

This one’s so relevant for the times, it hurts. Part public service announcement, part personal reminder, this all-white cotton tee is suitable for every one currently living the quieter life on the isle. Cut in a regular fit that runs from XS to XL in size, you can get one for yourself, your loved ones, and whomever else you want to keep safe (or away from).

Available at ZALORA


BONUS: SAFRA members can receive up to 20% off purchases + 3% cashback at ZALORA. Visit ZALORA | SAFRA for more information.

Uniqlo JW Anderson flower embroidery crew neck short sleeve T-shirt
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JW Anderson flower embroidery crew neck short sleeve T-shirt, 29.90, Uniqlo

Uniqlo is an SG go-to if you want everyday staples. But, instead of settling for any of the many of the Jap mega-retailer’s affordable and comfy tops, why not try one that’s seasonal yet timeless? Part of Irish designer Jonathan Anderson’s JW Anderson brand’s long-running collaboration with Uniqlo, this cotton tee comes in a relaxed cut and in a variety of colours (black, green, blue and so on), including, of course, white. That special touch of whimsy and attention to detail is seen in that each features an embroidered flower on the left chest, with the flora a different type and shade complementing each T-shirt colour. For the white, it’s a soft lemony yellow-petalled flower.

Available at Uniqlo stores, multiple locations, www.uniqlo.com/sg


Lacoste Unisex Lacoste LIVE Polaroid collaboration loose fit cotton T-shirt
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Unisex Lacoste LIVE Polaroid collaboration loose fit cotton T-shirt, $159, Lacoste

Remember Polaroid? (Matured folk, you have no excuses.) Well, the beloved analogue camera brand has coupled up with Lacoste for a retro-modern collection of vibrant apparel and accessories, including polo shirts, zip jackets, caps, bags and, yes, this premium cotton jersey, ribbed crew neck tee. Splashed across the front, is the Lacoste brand’s famed green crocodile, creatively spliced up and framed in five coloured Polaroids. Wear this for the playful, nostalgic feels. Also, so that you can encourage your friends to say “see you in a while, crocodile”.

Available at Lacoste boutiques, multiple locations, https://global.lacoste.com/en/lacoste/; and at ZALORA


BONUS: SAFRA members can receive up to 20% off purchases + 3% cashback at ZALORA. Visit ZALORA | SAFRA for more information.

COS Oversized-fit woven T-shirt
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Oversized-fit woven T-shirt, $92 (USD $69), COS

Need a top for less casual days (e.g. special weekend dates) without you needing to sacrifice comfort? Here’s your elevated white tee that’s made with a shirt-like texture. This COS online exclusive is crafted from cotton, deliberately designed oversized for a hang-loose silhouette (hence, cooler too, in both senses of the word) and comes with a patch pocket affixed with a sustainably-made corozo (or vegetable ivory) button.

Available at COS’ online store


ASOS DESIGN Oversized T-shirt with Banksy art print in white
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Oversized T-shirt with Banksy art print in white, $40.99, ASOS DESIGN

This is how you do a plain white jersey tee, but made artsy with street cred. Showcasing a lesser-known art print of a girl toddler by the infamous art provocateur Banksy, this drop-shoulder roomy top also shouts out a positive message printed in powder pink at the back that says “You’re never too young to dream big”. We so agree (with both the tee’s design and slogan).

Available at ASOS


Pop Trading Company + Miffy logo-print cotton-jersey T-shirt
Photo: Mr Porter

Miffy logo-print cotton-jersey T-shirt, $71 (£37.50)  Pop Trading Company + Miffy

We should always have a bit of cutesy in our lives (especially so, in these dreary times), and this top here, is the ultimate in endearing. Bring on the smiles with this capsule collab product between the Netherland clothing company Pop Trading Company and Dick Bruna’s iconic bunny, Miffy. The white round ball of absolute adorableness is pictured here clutching her fave yellow bear front and centre, and frankly, that’s all one needs.

Available at Mr Porter


Lucky Hand Condor Heroes tee
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Lucky Hand Condor Heroes tee, $69, Lucky Hand

Chinese martial arts films and series buffs, this is your must-buy. Featuring the portraits of the titular hero and heroine Yang Guo and Xiao Long Nu of Jin Yong’s The Return of the Condor Heroes, played by Andy Lau and Idy Chan in the 1983 Hong Kong TVB version (some say it was the best, even the author himself said so), this tee is nostalgic, tacky, reverential and oh-so fun to wear for those who know their Nine Yin from their Nine Yang.

Available at The Corner Shop, 14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaze, #03-16, 228213, zhahuodian.sg; www.instagram.com/zhahuodian.sg


All products are subject to availability and prices are subject to change. Prices stated are correct as of time of posting and are based on current exchange rates.