Best Opaque Women’s White T-Shirts for Work

woman wearing opaque white t-shirt looks through clothes rack trying to find clothes to wear to the office

woman wearing opaque white t-shirt looks through clothes rack trying to find clothes to wear to the office

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One of the questions I often see readers asking and discussing is the hunt for the best opaque white t-shirts — and really, why is it so hard to find a t-shirt that isn’t see-through? I thought I’d round up some of the best suggestions I’ve seen over the years…

{related: how to elevate a simple t-shirt}

First, what to wear with opaque white t-shirts for work: I definitely recommend wearing a nude-for-you t-shirt bra (Naja is the brand with the most skin-colored shades I’ve seen; Nubian Skin also has three shades for darker skin tones); if you need to layer a camisole I’d probably go for a shade that best matches your skintone in a slightly silky fabric so it doesn’t cling to your t-shirt. (I can only find beige camisoles to recommend — if anyone has any favorite camisoles in a range of skin tones, please let us know.) Gap also has really solid options for bras and panties in a wide range of skin tones, as well!

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Our Latest Favorite Opaque White T-Shirts for Work

1. Boden’s Double Layer Line

opaque white tee with scoopneck and elbow-length sleeves; styled with yellow high-waisted pleated pants
Boden has many double-layer options…

Boden often has a bunch of great colors in their double layer line of tees, but obviously the extra layers are best with the lightest colors! They’re available in sizes X-L for around $32-$45.

2. Express’s Double Layer Line

opaque white V-neck tee
Express also has a ton of double-layered options!

Express’s double-layer line varies — sometimes they have a lot of things, sometimes they only have a few. Sizes range from XS to XL, and prices are usually around $34.

3. Hobbs Double Fronted Top

double-layered white top with deep V and elbow-length sleeves
Another great spot with double-fronted options: Hobbs!

The Aimee Double-Fronted Top from Hobbs is a stylish and versatile top that features a unique double-layered design. It is available in sizes 2-18, and the color option is Ivory.

The top is made from a soft and comfortable blend of viscose and elastane, with a double-layered front that provides extra coverage and a flattering drape. The top has a round neckline, short sleeves, and a relaxed fit that is perfect for layering.

The top is $75 at Hobbs; you can also find the brand at Bloomingdale’s as well.

4. Fisher’s Finery

opaque white tee from Fishers Finery
Elizabeth swears by this tee under $30 from Fisher’s Finery.

This top comes in a wide range of sizes, from X-Small to XX-Large, and is available in a variety of colors, including black, white, navy, pink, and more. The top features a classic fit with a flattering V-neckline and short sleeves, making it a versatile and comfortable option for everyday wear.

Elizabeth recently called this tee her “ride or die white tee” in a recent roundup of favorite low-cost clothing basics:

I don’t remember how I found out about the Fishers Finery brand, but now that it’s in my life, I’m never looking back.

This T-shirt is completely opaque, incredibly soft, and just slouchy enough to be comfortable without looking sloppy. The fabric is a viscose/cotton/spandex blend that washes beautifully and can go right in the dryer. I’ve worn it dozens of times and it still looks as good as it did the day I bought it. The price is usually under $30, but I would pay a lot more.

5. Lafayette New York 148

opaque white tee with scoopneck
This $268 tee from Lafayette 148 New York gets GREAT reviews for opacity!

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This opaque white tee is on the higher end of the price point, but it’s been around and highly reviewed for years! It’s available in a range of sizes, from X-Small to X-Large, and features a flattering scoop neckline and short sleeves. It is made from a soft and breathable cotton material that is comfortable for everyday wear.

The top is available in several different colors, including white, black, navy, and more. Reviewers on the Nordstrom website praise the top for its high quality, versatility, and flattering fit. One reviewer notes that it is “perfect for layering” and that it “can be dressed up or down.” Another reviewer comments that it is “worth the investment” and that it “looks great with everything.”

The top also comes in plus sizes!

Other Options for Layering Shirts for Work

Short-Sleeve Sweaters: Often More Opaque than Tees

collage of women wearing work-appropriate short-sleeve sweaters, aka sweater tees
Some of our favorite short-sleeve sweaters for 2023 include Quince ($45!), Ann Taylor, J.Crew,* and this Amazon bestseller. (* – Plus sizes too!) If you’re hunting for something fancier, check out The Reset – they offer a knit tee as well as two knit short-sleeved pullovers. (Try code CORPORETTE10 for 10% off.) As of March 2023, Nordstrom and Anthropologie both have a huge selection of sweater tees.

Other T-Shirts for Work We Love

These T-shirts may be made of comfortable and durable materials and feature appropriate designs or colors that are appropriate for a workplace environment.

collage of women wearing black t-shirts appropriate for layering at the office

Above, the best women’s t-shirts for layering at the office as of 2022: elbow scoop / v-neck / scoop / long-sleeve / elbow (not pictured but also also)

The Best Plus-Size T-Shirts for Work

In terms of opaque white tees, Boden (noted above) is available up to size 22, and the Lafayette 148 New York top does come in plus sizes. The Fisher’s Finery tee is available up to size XXL but they note that it runs large. L.L. Bean is also a good bet for opacity since their supima cotton is known to be excellent.

collage of 5 plus-size women wearing tees: 1) white crew with long sleeves, 2) wide V-neck with elbow sleeves, 3) navy boatneck with elbow sleeves, 4) wide V with short sleeves, 4) rounded V with short sleeves

Pictured above, some of the best plus-size tees for work: one / two / three / four / five (also this)

Just hunting for a basic weekend tee? These are some of our favorites (there is some overlap, but in general they’re looser and have more casual details such as pockets and shirttail hems…)

collage of 4 women wearing black tees: 1) scoopneck, elbow sleeve, 2) rounded scoopneck, short sleeve, 3) v-neck, short sleeve, 4) wide v-neck, tunic length

Above, some of the best weekend women’s t-shirts: one / two / three / four (these affordable t-shirts are also reader favorites!)

Readers who like to wear white t-shirts to work: what is your favorite brand? If you layer something beneath them, are you a fan of nude-for-you camisoles or white camisoles? (I’m normally on the team of “your camisole should match whatever color your shirt is” but for an opaque white t-shirt I might go with nude for you.) What are your favorite ways to style a white tee for work?

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