This summer, I’m looking for striped cotton t-shirts for men (preferably tagless and 100% cotton). Here’s what I’ve found so far.
This is a pretty specific post but, then again, I’m on the hunt for something specific.
My wife tells me she loves me in my plain cotton t-shirts but that I need to switch it up a bit.
So I’ve been exploring the best places to buy cotton t-shirts for men from among the innovative, direct-to-consumer fashion brands I’ve gotten to know over the years.
Founded by the son of former J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler, Alex Mill is a great alternative to J. Crew. They offer a range of striped tee shirts, henleys and polos for men, including a standard t-shirt in slub cotton featurning thin navy stripes for $52.
Without a doubt, Todd Snyder is one of my favorite destinations for men’s clothing. Todd maintains an enticing collection of t-shirts for men, including a series of Portuguese striped tees made from 100% Cotton from Portugal with a vented hem. The cotton is a mid-weight jersey and promises a heavier, more substantial feel. Brace yourself, because, at $88, they’re not cheap. (Here’s hoping they survive to an end-of-season sale.) I love walking around Todd Snyder’s New York flagship store along Madison Square. If only I could afford more of his clothing.
Huckberry, which is a great alternative to Brooks Brothers for men’s chinos and is one of the best online stores for men period, has an entire stripes shop dedicated to striped shirts for men from brands including La Paz, Armor-Lux, Howlin, Outerknown, Banks Journal, Free Fly, Native North, Finisterre and more.
I’ve been testing out a number of Pact’s sustainably-and-ethically-made basics; Pact’s organic-cotton knit boxers are a new favorite. They also make terrific organic cotton t-shirts and polos and their entire line-up is affordable relative to the quality and focus on organic, sustainable and ethical fashion. While, at the time of this writing, I don’t see any striped t-shirts, Pact’s Element Polo, which has a t-shirt-like structure, is available in navy stripe for a reasonable $35.
Another sustainable fashion brand, Outerknown, has several nice-looking striped t-shirts for men. Their Bayside t-shirt is made from a hemp and cotton blend that gives it more weight than your usual t-shirt. I love hemp-cotton blend t-shirts, which feel like short sleeve sweaters. (Side note: I have an old hemp-blend striped t-shirt sweater from long-defunct mall staple Structure, which I love and still wear.)I Their Bayside shirt is also tagless (yay).
Bombas first started producing colorful and funky socks for men, but has branched out into other product lines including t-shirts. Their nautical stripe crew neck t-shirt for men is tagless, features extra-soft seams and is made of 100% Pima cotton from Peru and costs $36.
Mack Weldon is one of a number of innovative brands that specializes in performance-fabric clothing for men and is also a solid place to buy colorful socks. They make plain-old-cotton offerings too: Mack Weldon’s DRYKNIT Crew Neck T-Shirt is made of 100% cotton, is available in a really nice gray with white stripes or navy with white stripes, and retails for $42.
Affordable fast-fashion retailer ASOS has a ton of horizontal and vertical striped t-shirts for men, including a fun medium-sized striped crew neck t-shirt for men constructed from 100% “soft touch” cotton fabric in navy for a cool $13.
California-based menswear brand Buck Mason maintains an impressive variety of t-shirts. Their striped field spec cotton surplus crew neck long sleeve shirt looks perfect for cool nights and costs $75.
Austin-based menswear emporium Stag Provisions one of the top independent menswear stores in America. They have a stellar online presence as well and stock a variety of striped t-shirts for men from brands including Alex Mill, Armor Lux, Faherty, and Knickerbocker.
Portland Dry Goods
I had the chance to visit Portland Dry Goods on summer vacation in 2019, and admired their impressive collection of innovative and heritage menswear brands. In store, they featured a nice selection of brands selling striped shirts including Armor Lux and Billy Reid.
Irvine, CA specialty retailer Tilly’s has a very colorful crew neck shirt from The Narrows in a pink and blue multi stripe for $19.99, though inexplicably it doesn’t list the fabric it’s made from on the website.
Nikki Kule founded her eponymous fashion label back in 2001 with a collection for girls. She then debuted Brooks Brothers’ first clothing collection for girls, before returning to expand her own brand to include women’s and men’s lines. She has a particular focus on striped long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts for men and women, including the cool Archie in candy-stripe red and a pale blue, made in Portugal from 100% cotton for $75.
What are some other options for striped t-shirts for men?
I’m still on the lookout for more options for striped t-shirts for the summer. Where else should I look? Leave your suggestion in the comments or contact me. Thanks for reading.
About JakeJake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and/or fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.
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