I own an embarrassing number of striped long-sleeved tees, but I wear them so often that they’re really wardrobe staples.
One of my favorites is an ancient navy and white number that I bought at the Gap at least 16 years ago. I say that because I remember wearing it on our honeymoon to San Francisco and Napa Valley way back then. It’s a little worse for the wear, but I can’t bear to toss it.
Overall I’m a traditionalist. I like a white background with thin black or blue stripes. I’m not a snob, either. Like almost everything, I shop at every price point.
Here’s one of my favorites from Japanese brand Muji, now on sale for only $9.98:
There’s a different price point for this one, but it’s worth the investment. I get a lot of compliments on this unisex Saint James shirt (although once an effusive senior citizen at an airport loved it so much that she declared she was buying the same model, so maybe I’d better rethink this…):
Here’s a reasonable alternative for less (and it comes in other colors):
This also mostly fits the bill:
This doesn’t follow my color rules since the base is light blue (So pretty!), but I picked it up at Madewell last weekend when I was killing time before a hair cut. I know this is going to be in heavy rotation this spring.
The quality of Edith A. Miller knits is incredible. I have a different model than this one (mine has a solid front with blue stripes on one sleeve and red ones on the other, but it’s old so I don’t think it’s available any longer), but the fabric and styling are similar:
Here’s the idea above in reverse:
And now for a few rule breakers that I just like.
Finally, cheeky word stripes: