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Who was it that uttered the immortal words, when a woman is tired of t-shirts, she is tired of life? Samuel Johnson? Amy Schumer?

No matter. Fact is, the T-shirt is the backbone of the contemporary sportswear wardrobe, apropos with everything from pajamas to business casual (maybe not bridal wear, but everything else). So we’ve hit the bricks to find you the best T-shirt in every apparel category. Check out your new BFF clothing here.

Best Tissue Tee: Anine Bing

Super-lightweight and sheer, this all-silk shirt ($129) is great for showing off a lacy bra underneath.

8128 W. Third St.; 323-424-3165 or

Best edgy look: Nasty Gal

This brand is all about the trendiest looks for not much money, such as this split-back number ($38), which shows off a little bit of skin without being all “here are my boobs.”

1254 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica; 310-566-1700 or

Best stripe: Bassike

This nice, thick, striped short-sleeve is made of organic cotton and cut loose enough to layer a tissue-weight turtleneck under come cool weather. It’s from the new Aussie sportswear boutique in Venice.

1918 Lincoln Blvd., Venice; 424-228-1102 or

Best surfer style: Aviator Nation

This lightning bolt T-shirt ($75) is little bit New Wave, a little bit trust-fund surf bum and a lot cool.

1224 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; 310-396-9100 or

Best Bargain: Everlane

Los Angeles-designed and -made, Everlane’s T-shirts fall within the Venn diagram of comfort, affordability and great design. The slouchy V-neck ($28) is just loose and long enough to hang nicely over even a low waistline.

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Best vintage tee: Filth Mart

The worn-in rock show T-shirt is a Hollywood institution, and you can find the bicoastal best selection at Filth Mart, where artist Jonathan Wilson and actress Drea De Matteo collect and re-sell the best of the best.

1038 N. Fairfax Ave., W. Hollywood; 323-848-8613 or

Best luxe: Elder Statesman

OK, so at $420 it’s über-pricey. But the cashmere-silk fabric, left with an avant-garde raw edge, is like butter.

607 Huntley Dr., W. Hollywood; 424-288-4221 or

Best Kawaii: Popkiller

Geishas carrying skateboards and lucky cats are among the eye-catching and fun designs at this cult Japanophile boutique. We like the way the tees look under a preppy blazer over rolled-up denim.

343 E. Second St.; 213-625 -1372 or

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