How to Wear a Striped T-Shirt

5 Days, 5 Ways to get hyped for stripes

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: Feb 9 2021

If you can’t tell, we’re in a perpetual nautical state of mind at SG HQ. So it’s time to give one specific time-tested, boat-ready staple the 5 Days, 5 Ways treatment. That’s right, we’re talking about the striped t-shirt.

A striped t-shirt will do your solids one better by bringing extra flavor to your outfit, without being, y’know, too much. Stripes play well with other prints and patterns, and automatically elevate your basic tee with a certain je ne sais quoi, n’est’ce pas? Oui!

Below, five ways to wear a striped t-shirt:


jacket: Gap | sunglasses: MVMT | chinos: 1901

headphones: Fitbit | wallet: Fossil | sneakers: Converse

Wear it well: Paired with a denim jacket and olive chinos, the striped tee looks right at home. Want to up the trendy factor? Swap the pants for a modern cargo version in the same neutral hue.


jacket: Banana Republic | chinos: J.Crew | shoes: Rivieras

watch: Ted Baker | glasses: Warby Parker

Wear it well: This look is devious in its simplicity. You can’t go wrong with dark colors on the top and bottom when you get just a hint of fun thanks to those “Somebody get me a mai tai” Rivieras on your feet.


suit: H&M | loafers: De La Rentis

pocket square: Nordstrom Men’s Store | watch: Komono

Wear it well: Yes, you can wear a striped t-shirt with a suit. This is especially a great look in the summer, when you can (comfortably) finish off the look sans socks.


backpack: Herschel | pants: Dockers | sneakers: Vans

socks: Bombas | belt: Express

Wear it well: This time, we’re swapping the chinos for a 5-pocket pant and adding a backpack for an easy-breezy travel look.


shorts: Tilly, $30 | cardigan: Land’s End, $70 | cap: Faherty, $38

sneakers: Tommy Hilfiger, $60 | bracelets: Miansai; A.R.Z. Steel

Wear it well: Taylor has a fun tradition of buying a tourist-y piece of apparel whenever she travels, and I might just have to adopt the habit.

Why? Well, it’s fun to have a memento from a trip. And when they have that pre-worn-in vibe like the Nantucket number above? All. The. Better.

// Shop #SGapproved striped t-shirts //

J.Crew, $37

Armor Lux, $55

Sunspel, $90

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