I love how a brand new tee can take a basic outfit up several notches. Each spring, I go through my tee and tank collection and part with the ones that have lost their shape, become stained or discolored, or no longer look polished. Tees and tanks are one of the foundations of my spring and summer wardrobe, and their importance can’t be overstated. They go with everything and when I find a style that flatters me, I buy it in multiples.

While classics such as a v-neck, round neck or sleeveless silhouette will always be relevant, each season there are a few new tee styles that are on-trend. This spring, the muscle tank looks fresh, either with or without shoulder pads. Cropped or semi-cropped tees are also in fashion at the moment. While most of my tees are in neutrals (I have multiples in black, white, and grey and reach for them most often) I also like to have a few in the hot colors of the season as well as a stripe or two. I will be adding pale blue, olive green and yellow this year. If you haven’t already, it might be time to revisit your tee collection and if you need to fill in some gaps, I have some great selections below.

From NY based retailer AYR known for seasonless essentials for everyday life. Fit is intentionally oversized with the added bonus of incredibly soft washed cotton from Peru. Other stripe and solid colors also available. 20% off two tees right now.

The Supercool $65

The “We the Free You Rock” tee from Free People has lots of great reviews and comes in many colors. An effortless essential for everyday style, this perfect vintage-inspired tee is featured in a boxy, cropped silhouette with rolled sleeve cuffs for added dimension.

Free People Tee $38

If you have small shoulders or a straight silhouette, you may want to try the trendy t-shirt style with shoulder pads. This one is from Halogen at Nordstrom and is reasonably priced. In black and white.

Muscle Shoulder Pad T-Shirt $29

Madewell has updated their best-selling tee, removing the pocket and giving it an easier, freshened-up fit along with a wider V-neck. Fashioned of light and airy slub cotton, this T-shirt is live-in-it soft and perfectly draped. In lots of colors.

Whisper Cotton V-Neck $19.50

Banana Republic’s new sustainable cotton and modal blend slightly cropped tank top is made in a silky soft slub fabric. In 7 colors. I tried this on in store and really liked it. If between sizes order up.

Slub Cotton-Modal Tank $24.50

I own this tee in several colors. Made with Supima cotton, Banana Republic’s V-Neck tee looks polished yet relaxed at the same time. Lots of color options.

V-Neck Tee $29.50

Fashioned using 50 percent organic cotton, this light and airy Madewell sleeveless top is live-in-it soft and perfectly draped. Newly updated without a pocket and with a wider V-neck. In 10 colors.

Whisper Cotton V-Neck $18.50


From AYR, a NY based retailer who sells elevated basics, this slightly cropped, slightly oversized muscle tee manages to be not just flattering, but actually sexy. 20% off two tees right now. Also in white. Other tee styles also available.

The Fizz $55


Soft and swingy, Madewell’s versatile tee is cropped at just the right length to go with high-rise jeans.

Swing Tee $39.50

This classic cotton tank is a wardrobe staple for layering or wearing solo. From Caslon, a Nordstrom exclusive brand that is well loved. Lots of great reviews. Size down for best fit. In several solids too.

Caslon Cotton Tank $19

Not too short or long, this Banana Republic tee is made of Supima cotton. In several colors.

Short sleeve tee $29.50

I own this swing tee from Marine Layer in several colors and just love them. Fitted through the chest but gently flowy though the body to disguise any extra weight in the middle. Goes in and out of stock so grab your true size if you see it. In prints and solids.

Swing Crew $39

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