GOACA classics: the striped tee

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Cute options abound in this category, starting with this amazing colorblock version from Alex Mill.

This tee is a favorite of yours in white, and I was delighted to see it comes in this version too.

A dirt cheap red striped tee with a flattering scoop neckline.

The stripes here are thicker even than rugby stripes, and they’re appealingly bold and graphic too.

This boxy tee is just tomboyish perfection.

The pop of mustard yellow at the neckline really makes this one for me.

A simple nautical stripe that will go into constant rotation come summer.

The contrasting stripes here are a cool touch.

A very good henley specimen that also comes in red.

I dig the rolled sleeves and ocean-blue stripes on this tee.

I like the contrasting stripes here because I almost always like contrasting stripes, but I also appreciate that this T-shirt is made with a silk blend for superior draping.

This is a good way to get a sleeveless vibe without exposing your entire upper arms.

I just really like the orange stripes here.

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    judy blotnick
    17 May 2022
    11:15am

    The one with the bright red stripe across the chest is not the same as the product featured. Who makes the one in the “screenshot?”
    Thanks much.

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      MaryAlice
      17 May 2022
      12:06pm

      I think you’re confused because the website shows a second, lower stripe on the shirt, where you can’t really see that on the picture Kim posted. It’s the same shirt.

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    Melynda Nuss
    17 May 2022
    11:45am

    Those are so cute! But can we have some with vertical stripes for those of us who are a bit larger on top? Horizontal stripes make me look matronly.

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      MaryAlice
      17 May 2022
      12:05pm

      As another lady who’s also larger on top l(and I have very broad shoulders) let me offer you a tip: It’s less about whether stripes are horizontal or vertical, and more about the thickness of the fabric, and the width and placement of the stripes. A thinner more drapey fabric and thinner stripes is going to look great, as opposed to thick stiff fabric , a boxy cut and wide stripes. You never know until you try it on!

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    dk
    17 May 2022
    8:13pm

    I have a styling/fabric question…is there some magic in-between fabric/fit that is slim but not skin tight? Maybe I am not meant for a t-shirt but am always on the hunt for one that is not too thin but not too bulky. I find a lot of t-shirts to be either too thick, boxy and hang heavy (completely sexless, I don’t want to look like a 10 year old boy) or too thin and clingy (which puts me in the “hey buddy my face is up here” category). I sometimes have luck finding great broken in t-shirts at Goodwill but would love to find a brand that makes a soft drape-y version like that. J.Crew vintage T’s used to be my go-to but they switched to a shitty fabric a few years ago that disintegrates after one washing. Thanks!!!

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      cindy
      18 May 2022
      11:53am

      Take a look at Uniqlo tees; I’ve found some good ones there and agree on the difficulty of getting that perfect in-between type of fabric/style.

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      Viajera
      17 May 2022
      10:25pm

      I don’t know first hand, but I’ve heard good things about tees made of linen. (On my To Do list.) Or a linen blend. Esp if they softened the fabric first. I think though that a lightweight cotton knit should work. Though, those may be hard to find. There must be some somewhere.

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      Elisabeth
      18 May 2022
      11:01am

      I don’t have an answer, but I struggle in exactly the same way! J Crew ruined their tees, I agree. Madewell are decent out of the package but look like rags after a couple of washes. My current favorite tees are a rather thick one from Alex Mill and a perfectly broken in one from Target that they don’t make anymore. Le sigh.

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      Gleaming the Cube
      18 May 2022
      5:21pm

      The magic exists but it is rare. I have two perfect t-shirts. One is a gray James Perse in a style that is no longer made. The sleeves were a little bit short, the neckline a little bit wider (without being “wide” or “bateau” or whatever) and the drape was perfect. I bought a second one in another color and it was blah. But that gray one is magical and has not been equaled by any other JP tees since, despite many efforts. Sigh. The second is black (hooray!), but unfortunately– or not– says “I used to be punk rock.” So not good in all contexts! Also perfect sleeves, perfect slouch and drape, perfect neckline. If I could find that exact cut and fabric in solid black (and OK, a cute stripe, too), I’d be set. But of course not. The only thing I can figure out is that I like ever so slightly more open necklines, short (but not cap!) sleeves, and a slight A-line/flared shape (to hide a growing paunch). Despite the absurd amount of stuff being produced and sold, such a thing cannot be found.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    17 May 2022
    12:11pm

    Now I can’t unhear Romolini talking about throwing in “a pop of color”! 😉

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    Elisabeth
    17 May 2022
    11:31am

    I bought the Alex Mill color block long sleeve number that kicks off this post, and Reader: it’s amazing. The perfect weight, the perfect fit (sleeves not too short! Slouchy, but not sloppy!)… I haven’t been this happy with a purchase in a while.

    Eyeing the other Alex Mill in this post hard…thanks, Kim!

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      Karen
      17 May 2022
      7:58pm

      Ok, based on your glowing review, it’s ordered and placed. Thank you

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        Elisabeth
        18 May 2022
        11:02am

        I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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    Kim France
    17 May 2022
    11:28am

    Pretty sure it’s the same tee, Judy.

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    cw
    18 May 2022
    8:32am

    I usually don’t like stripes of different colors on one shirt, but that Alex Mill….!!

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