The Best Striped Shirt For The Summer 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - December 11, 2023

Nautical-inspired striped shirts are a summer wardrobe staple for both men and women. Breton stripes t-shirts are an easy way to bring a beachy feel to any outfit— even when paired with simple jean shorts, chino pants, or your go-to WFH sweatpants.

But when it comes to summer tees, it's best to stick to natural, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen instead of heat-trapping synthetic fabrics like polyester that only make you sweat more.

To help you shop and make shopping easier, we've rounded up our picks for the best-striped shirt of the summer. With his and hers options to choose from, there's a striped tee for every style, size, and budget.

The Best Women's Striped t-Shirts for Summer 2021

Crew Striped Boatneck T-Shirt

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For a truly nautical look, try this Striped Boatneck T-Shirt from J. Crew. The skinny white and navy stripes, three-quarter length sleeves, and wide boatneck bring the summery feel of the French Riviera to your Zoom meeting, backyard barbeque, or weekend errands. The tee's 100% cotton fabric stays cool and comfortable in hot, humid weather and can be tossed right in your washing machine. It's available in sizes ranging from XX-Small to 3X.

Everlane Organic Cotton Box-Cut Tee

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Need to stock up on summer tees? Take advantage of Everlane's 3 for $45 deal and save 25% on their chic sustainable basics, like this Organic Cotton Box-Cut Tee. It features a simple crew neck, comfortable short sleeves, and a slightly cropped length that's easy to tuck into high-waisted jeans and shorts. Plus, you can feel good about wearing it because it's made with 100% organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard and made in Sri Lanka using transparent labor practices. The short sleeve tee is available in four striped color combos and a wide range of solid shades too.

EverWear Striped Short Sleeve Tee for Women

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When it comes to affordable basic t-shirts, Old Navy is hard to beat. Their EveryWear Striped Short-Sleeve Tee for Women is comfortable, versatile, and at only $10, it's budget-friendly too. The lightweight fabric is perfect for hot summer weather, and the timeless navy and white stripes pair well with summer staples like light wash denim and white linen pants. Plus, the relaxed fit and full-length hemline make it the perfect tee for layering under blazers, denim jackets, and other outerwear come fall.

Eileen Fisher Striped Organic Linen Tee

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Need a tee that can survive hot summer weather? Look no further than this Striped Organic Linen Tee from Eileen Fisher. Its lightweight organic linen fabric is super breathable and naturally wicks sweat away, keeping you cool in humid conditions. The tee is cut in a figure-flattering full-length silhouette with a ribbed crew neck and short sleeves. The tee tends to run a bit large according to customer reviews, so consider sizing down for a more fitter look.

Madewell Shoulder Tee in Stripe

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Madewell's Shoulder Stripe Tee offers a feminine take on a classic muscle tee. The relaxed fit and square shoulders create a versatile silhouette that can be styled as both a t-shirt and a tank top. Its red and white 'Lighthouse' stripes pair perfectly with cut-off shorts, denim skirts, and straight-leg jeans. The summer essential is available in standard and plus sizes, ranging from XX-Small to 3X.

Crew Long Sleeve Slub Cotton T-Shirt

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This Slub Cotton Long Sleeve Striped Shirt from J.Crew is the perfect lightweight, long sleeve tee for cool summer evenings and stormy days. The laid-back silhouette is slightly oversized with dropped shoulders, cuffed long sleeves, and a round neckline. Choose from a minimalist tan and white stripe or nautical-inspired white and navy stripe. While it looks chic tucked into distressed denim or cut-off shorts, it looks just as good on Zoom with your favorite black leggings or bike shorts.

Kate Spade Lace Collar Striped Shirt

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Kate Spade's Lace Collar Striped Shirt combines the comfort of your favorite tee with the style of an office-appropriate blouse. While it makes the ideal work-from-home top, it'll look equally as stylish when you return to the office.

The simple short-sleeve tee— made from super soft 100% cotton jersey fabric— is finished with a contrasting white floral lace collar. Its mix of textures and prints adds a chic Parisian touch that instantly elevates all your summer outfits.

The Best Men's Striped t Shirts for Summer 2021

Banana Republic Linen Crew-Neck Striped Shirt

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Sick of sweating through your cotton tees? This summer, try a lightweight linen tee instead! This Linen Crew-Neck Striped Shirt from the Banana Republic is comfortable, breathable, and perfect for hot summer weather. Its standard fit features a classic crew neck, short sleeves, and a patch chest pocket. After you fall in love with the navy stripe tee, be sure to add the other solid color options— charcoal grey, eggplant, beige, and light blue— to your wardrobe too.

GAP Organic Cotton Pocket T-Shirt

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GAP is known for its high-quality, versatile basics, and this Organic Cotton Pocket T-Shirt is no exception. The straight silhouette has slim short sleeves, a ribbed crew neck, a relaxed fit that hits right at the hips. It's made with 100% organic cotton, feels soft against the skin, and naturally wicks away moisture. While the striped tee looks sleek on its own, it also layers well under denim jackets, blazers, and bomber jackets in cooler weather.

Calvin Klein Liquid Touch Crew-Neck Stripe T-Shirt

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Not really a prints guy? This Liquid Touch Crew-Neck Stripe T-Shirt from Calvin Klein features a subtle horizontal stripe that can be styled just like a classic white tee. Its lightweight cotton fabric is treated with a special finish for added softness and lustrous shine. The short sleeve crew neck tee features a vented hem for maximum comfort and a CK embroidered logo for maximum style.

Nike Sportswear Oversized Striped T-Shirt

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This heavyweight cotton striped t-shirt from Nike stands out amongst the sea of boring basics. The tee's mixed white and blue pinstripe fabric is cut in Nike's roomy Max 90 fit, a laid-back silhouette that drops at the shoulders for added comfort and style. A small Nike logo on the chest adds a slightly sporty streetwear feel.

Joe's Men's Hemp and Cotton Stripe Shirt

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Looking for a striped tee, you can wear to the office? This Hemp and Cotton Men's Striped Shirt from Joe's is perfect for tucking into chinos, layering under blazers, or pairing with jeans after hours. The lightweight, breathable fabric is a mix of a durable hemp and soft cotton yarns. Combined with the sleek navy and skinny white stripes, the crew-neck, short sleeves, and classic fit feel extra put together.

rag & bone Striped Miles Organic Cotton Pocket Tee

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This easy Striped Miles Organic Cotton Pocket Tee from rag & bone pairs perfectly with all your sneakers and summer denim thanks to its simple silhouette and sleek skinny stripes. It's cut with a straight fit, crew neck, short sleeves, and a convenient chest pocket. The lightweight 100% organic cotton fabric is soft and breathable, even in hot summer weather. You'll be happy you added this summer essential to your wardrobe come fall!

A.P.C. Aurelian Striped Tee

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Even if you aren't boarding a yacht, you can still go nautical this summer in the Aurelian Striped Tee from A.P.C. The navy and white striped tee has a regular fit with a solid navy ribbed crew neck, slim-cut short sleeves, and an all-over striped pattern. It's made in Portugal from a lightweight 100% cotton jersey that only gets better over time. Pair it with shorts, chinos, or even your go-to house sweats.

About the author

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.


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