Why The Striped Shirt Is 100 Times Better Than A Plain White Tee

Nothing is more simple, more basic, more foundational than a plain, white tee. And while it's something that exists in most people's closets, it's a piece that doesn't come without its own annoyances: It never stays that white for long; it gets stained easily; and any rip, tear, or fray just makes it look more "meh."

But here's a secret that a lot of practical-minded fashion people already know: Just wear a striped tee instead. Not only does it have all the benefits of a white tee (it's neutral, seasonless, and versatile), but it's also a little more durable. Basically: Go eat that chocolate ice cream cone that's dripping everywhere. Your shirt can handle it.

The best part about the sriped tee is that it truly does go with everything. You could essentially wear a striped top a different way every single day, and honestly, that's fine. To prove it to you, we’ve put together five easy outfits around the same striped shirt — click on to see just a few of the ways you can wear this must-have staple.
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Need a transitional look that's on-trend but easy to put together? Stick a striped tee under a cute pair of leather overalls. They feel more polished than your typical denim pair and are the perfect go-to piece for fall and winter. Pair them with an easy, suede slip-on for now, and an ankle bootie down the line. And, if you haven't hopped on the neck-scarf train yet, a striped tee is the perfect foray into the fashion-girl trend — they just go too well together. And of course, your favorite pair of tortoiseshell sunnies tops off the outfit effortlessly.
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A striped T-shirt is also surprisingly easy to dress up, and it pairs well with a variety of unexpected, contrasting prints. Wear it with a long, statement silk skirt to up the drama and dressiness factor; then, keep the rest of the outfit fairly simple — the mixed prints speak for themselves. A simple and strappy sandal, a streamlined, gold choker, and a neutral crossbody tie the ensemble together. It's not your typical fancy outfit, but it's way more interesting than a bodycon dress or a pencil skirt. You'll be getting compliments on your unexpected combo all night long.
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Consider this your ultimate back-to-school-inspired office look. You can make a striped tee feel more professional by wearing it with a structured yet brightly colored pair of cropped trousers — a mustard yellow is perfect for fall and surprisingly neutral. Throw in an amazing backpack, a slip-on loafer, and some simple earrings for a clean look that's not too fussy or trying too hard. This outfit is perfect for those mornings when you don't want to think too hard about what to put on — it's a straightforward and reliable combo, but with a stylish twist.

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Fashion week is coming up, and don't think you need to go absolutely crazy with your outfit just to get photographed outside the shows. A striped tee is a great way to balance out other louder, more trendy items and make the look feel more effortless. Here, it's paired with a structured mesh asymmetrical skirt and metallic platform sneaker. You can go wild with statement shoes and accessories, like this "GIRLS" clutch and exaggerated cat-eye, when they're balanced with more of a classic piece up top.

A Common Space Skirt.
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Let's call this one the grandma-meets-off-duty-model. An obvious pairing with a striped tee is the perfect pair of lived-in vintage Levi's, just like the ones you see on models leaving their runway shows, but just those pieces alone can tend to feel a bit on the casual side. Dress it up with a classic, sleek trench that looks amazing both open and buttoned-up. Then, channel your grandma's style with a white, square-toed slingback and top-handle baguette bag to add some unexpected interest.

Pixie Market Coat.
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