Saturday, January 31, 2015

Classic Stripe Tees under $100

We all know the importance of owning a classic stripe tee, but for some reason, it's incredibly difficult to hunt down this wardrobe staple.

Luckily for you, I've scoured the internet to round up all the classic stripe tees that satisfy the following criteria:
1. Costs less than $100.
2. Has thin navy or black stripes on a white or ivory background.
3. Is made primarily of cotton (< 5% other materials).
4. Does not have trendy embellishments such as zippers, pockets, embroidery, drop shoulders, etc.
5. Preferably long-sleeve but 3/4-sleeve is also acceptable.

They're sorted by retail price from most affordable to least affordable.

Lands' End petite 3/4-sleeve boatneck sailor tee in ivory/true navy. $29 full-price. Navy stripes on an ivory background. Cotton. Boat neck. 3/4 sleeves. Limited sizes available. Also available in plus size.


Added on 02/01/2015: L.L.Bean French Sailor's Shirt in Cream/Navy. Thanks to fivesouth for pointing out this one! $29.95 full-price. Navy stripes on a cream background. Cotton. Boat neck. 3/4 sleeves. Sizes range from XS to XL. Also available in petite and women's sizing.


Boden long sleeve breton in ivory/navy. $38 full-price. Navy stripes on an ivory background. 100% cotton. Crew neck. Long sleeves. Small side slits. Sizes range from 2 to 18.


J.Crew Factory long-sleeve stripe boatneck tee in oat navy spring. $49.50 full-price. Dark navy stripes on a cream/oatmeal background. 100% cotton. Boat neck. Long sleeves. Small side slits. Sizes range from XXS to XXL. (I personally own this and really like it! True to size but a little tight in the chest/shoulders, which is a common issue for me.)


Saint James Galanthee in neige/noir$90 full-price. Black stripes on an ivory background. 100% cotton. Round neck. 3/4 sleeves. Sizes range from 4 to 16.
Honorable Mention: Ann Taylor stripe shoulder zip cotton top in winter white. $54 full-price. Navy stripes on an ivory background. 100% cotton. Round neck. Long sleeves. Shoulder zips and high-low hem. Sizes range from XXS to XXL. Not the most classic option here with its embellishments, but the pattern is spot on.


Do you own any of these stripe tees? Are there any that I've missed? Where do you buy your classic stripe tees? Please chime in!

10 comments:

  1. L.L. Bean has a cotton sailor's shirt with specs similar to the Land's End top. Extended sizing is available and it's also $29. Love the St. James but I can't with that price!

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I added it to the post. Have you ordered anything from L.L.Bean before? I've been looking for new retailers to try out. I agree about the St. James but wanted to include it in the list since it's sort of the gold standard for stripe tees. But $90 is a lot of money for a tee!

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    2. I have tried them once before-- they do free shipping with no minimum, which is nice. Shipping went smoothly. I can't speak to the return/exchange process, though!

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  2. I'm really hoping that Everlane comes out with a black/white striped tee! *fingers crossed* I actually quite like the Ann Taylor tee but it's a bummer they decided to make it trendy with the zippers and high-low hem.

    xo Kimi

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    1. It would have been nice if Ann Taylor made a classic version *and* a trendy version. Here's to hoping about Everlane!

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  3. Great list! I've been on the hunt for this exact item, and I actually checked Land's End last week. However, they seem to sell out of my size very quickly. For that price, I'll continue to stalk it so I can pounce once it's back in stock!

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    1. Good luck, I hope you get it! :) You can also check out the L.L.Bean one that fivesouth mentioned, because it seems similar. I added it to the list above.

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  4. It's some kind of sickness that my first reaction is I just want them all, right? This is a great roundup of the most classic style, thanks for sharing!

    I have convinced myself that it is OK to have a bit of a striped shirt wardrobe (some with thinner stripes, some with thicker, one with buttons on the shoulder, etc), but I'm not sure I have a truly classic one. Fit is really the key, so I'm glad to have some great options to try out!

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    1. Haha, I think we all have stripe sickness, as Gigi says. When you find that perfect classic stripe tee, grab a couple back-ups just in case!

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  5. Amazing shirt, I found the same on this site Originalluxury

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