10 Must-Have Tees You Need This Fall

Layering is a big part of dressing for fall. (As are coats and sweaters, plus all of the scarves and hats that have been stashed away in your dresser since the end of winter.) But don’t forget that the basic tee is just as useful in the fall as it as during the height of summer. A T-shirt is the perfect foundation for just about any outfit, whether you’re adding a blazer, pairing it with a cardigan, or simply wearing it with jeans.

Unfortunately, finding the right T-shirts can be a challenge. There are cheap tees and expensive tees, and tees at every price point in between. At the very least, you want a versatile style that will withstand more than a single wash, and will be easy to style from early fall through next summer. So we’ve done the dirty work for you and rounded up 10 of our favorite tees for fall. Each one will add a dash of casual cool to your fall wardrobe, keeping things fun despite the cold months ahead.

1. The super-soft V-neck T-shirt

Madewell 'Whisper' Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee

Madewell ‘Whisper’ Cotton V-Neck Pocket Tee | Nordstrom.com

If what you’re really craving is a basic V-neck, then look no further than Madewell’s cotton pocket tee. It comes in a wide variety of colors — think cargo green, heather indigo, gentle blush, heather pewter, optic white, and more — in a semi-sheer, 100% cotton (and 100% super soft) material. Not everyone loves a V-neck (preferences for scoopnecks, crewnecks, and boatnecks are valid, too!) but if the V-neck if your fall go-to, you owe it to yourself to pick up at least one of these comfy tees.

2. The henley tee

FRAME Le Henley Tee

FRAME Le Henley Tee | Saksfifthavenue.com

The henley is another basic we think nobody should be without this fall. The henley tee from Le Frame is an undoubtedly casual style, with a slim silhouette that makes it easy to layer with all of your favorite sweaters and jackets. This shirt is produced in the U.S. and made with a soft polyester/linen/spandex blend. It also features the perfect heathered shade of oatmeal that’s perfect for fall styling.

3. The sophisticated dolman tee

Splendid Dolman Sleeve Top

Splendid Dolman Sleeve Top | Nordstrom.com

Another super-basic but super-comfy silhouette for fall is the dolman tee. You can find iterations on the style at every price point and every level of quality, but we recommend splurging a little on this top from Splendid. This tee not only features the easy-to-wear dolman sleeve and accompanying relaxed silhouette, but it’s also constructed of a gauzy rayon-spandex blend that has just a hint of a sheer finish. This tee, made in the U.S., is the perfect style to pair with a motorcycle jacket or a chunky cardigan.

4. The bracelet-sleeve tee

Vince Bracelet Sleeve Top

Vince Bracelet Sleeve Top | Saksfifthavenue.com

Vince’s bracelet-sleeve tee is exactly what we’ve wished for to get us through fall. It’s a style that can pair just as easily with your athletic clothes for yoga class as with the jeans, skirts, and trousers that you wear to brunch, on errands, and even to a casual day at the office. This tee features a long, slim silhouette, with a cropped bracelet sleeve and swingy side slits at the hem. The silk construction makes this tee soft and luxurious, and perfect for wearing with all of your favorite pieces this fall.

5. The classic striped t-shirt

Comme des Garçons Play stripe tee

Comme des Garçons Play stripe tee | Nordstrom.com

The striped tee belongs to the canon of classic pieces regardless of the season. And just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you have to put away your stripes alongside your bikinis and your sandals. The Comme des Garçons Play stripe tee is a perennial favorite, and even though it’s a little bit of a splurge, we think this tee is absolutely worth it for fall and winter. The bold stripes and playful heart graphic are a great combination, and the cotton material and ribbed cuffs ensure that this is a comfy style to layer or to wear on its own.

6. The polka-dot tee

MSGM Sequin Polka Dot Cotton Tee

MSGM Sequin Polka Dot Cotton Tee | Nordstrom.com

Need a tee that’s just as easy to wear with a pair of black jeans as it is to dress up with a cute skirt? Then look no further than MSGM’s sequin polka dot tee. This is a playful twist that’s easy for people with a wide range of styles to wear. The simple crewneck and straight cut enable it to look casual at brunch, while the shimmery sequins make it fun and sparkly enough for your next dinner party.

7. The subtle graphic tee

Current/Elliott graphic tee

Current/Elliott graphic tee | Nordstrom.com

Looking for a graphic tee that doesn’t hit you over the head with a specific word or phrase? Then this Current/Elliott tee may be the perfect T-shirt for you. This style features handwritten messages, distressed edges, plus a slouchy fit. That makes it the perfect T-shirt to pair with your favorite jeans or a distressed field jacket. Made of 100% cotton and manufactured in the U.S., this graphic tee is comfortable to wear and easy to style with a wide range of wardrobe staples.

8. The ‘no filter’ graphic t-shirt

Sub_Urban Riot graphic tee

Sub_Urban Riot graphic tee | Nordstrom.com

When you need a simple graphic tee that perfectly expresses your social media philosophy, this T-shirt from Sub_Urban Riot is great for you. The varsity-style letters are both classic and graphic, and the simple black and white color scheme is easy to style with all of your favorite fall staples. For someone who’s confident and outspoken (or wants to be!) this is the perfect graphic tee for fall.

9. The ‘no thanks’ graphic tee

Topshop No Thanks Tee

Topshop No Thanks Tee | Nordstrom.com

Another simple graphic tee that’s perfect for you if you think honesty is the best policy is this “no thanks” tee from Topshop. The cross-stitched graphic on the pocket is delightfully old-fashioned in the age of Tinder and Instagram, and the short sleeves make this tee both a cute style to wear on its own and an easy layering piece. This crewneck is made of a polyester-cotton blend, and the soft material makes it a cute and comfy style that you’ll want to wear way too often this fall.

10. The swan graphic t-shirt

Stella McCartney Scribbled Swan T-Shirt

Stella McCartney Scribbled Swan T-Shirt | Neimanmarcus.com

For a more sophisticated take on the graphic tee, why not try out this Stella McCartney swan T-shirt? The grey material and long cut make this a sleek and minimal style, while the scribbled swan appliqué offers a modern take on the graphic tee. Pair it with jeans for a sleek and casual look, or pair it with a fun, full skirt for a party look that’s perfect for the season of Swan Lake performances and holiday soirées.

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