Three Ways to Wear a Striped Tee: Casual, Work, and Date

Today we’re back with another One Piece Many Ways post.  It’s no secret that I’m ALL ABOUT THAT STRIPED TEE.  Funny enough, before I built my remixable wardrobe, I thought stripes were overrated.  Boy, was I wrong!  A striped tee is as simple to wear as a plain tee, but the stripes provide visual interest without you having to try harder.  At the same time, stripes are incredibly versatile.  If you need more convincing, you can see the many, many, manyyyyy ways I’ve worn a striped tee HERE.  And those are just the outfits with my short-sleeved striped tee–they don’t even include outfits with the long sleeve one!   So, so, so, so many ways to wear one.

If choices overwhelm you, for now, we’ll just focus on three ways to wear a striped tee: casual, work, and a date.

Casual, Work and Date Striped Tee Outfit

I have MANY striped tees (because I kind of hoard them), but the one in today’s outfits is a great option if you are looking for a striped tee.  It’s super duper soft, has really clean and classic stripes, and drapes fairly well.  And it’s only $8!!  Sometimes $5 during a sale.  Sooo, scratch what I said earlier.  Even if you’re NOT in the market for a striped tee, just go snag this one for later anyway. 😜 I sized up to M in this for a looser drape.  Find it HERE.

Here are a few outfit formulas you can try with it!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.


black and white striped tee + olive utility vest + denim skinny jeans + white loafers + cognac tote black and white striped tee + olive utility vest + denim skinny jeans + cognac tote

Outfit #1: Casual
One of my default outfits when I need to get dressed quickly is a striped tee + jeans + white sneakers.  I’ll often add either a utility jacket if it’s cooler or a utility vest if I want a layer on a warmer day.  This is such an easy, relaxed, but put together look for running errands, dropping off the kids, or working from home.

These are my favorite stretchy-as-heck jeans that I wear all the time.  See them HERE and size way, way down as they run huge.

Shop The Outfit
Top: Target (exact-size M; similar)
Vest: JCPenney (similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact-size 4)
Shoes: Report (similar, similar)
Tote: Nordstrom (exact)
Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)

red pants + black and white striped tee + black blazer + leopard print heels + grey toteblack blazer + red pants + black and white striped tee + leopard print heels + grey tote

Outfit #2: Work
Dress up a striped tee for a business casual look* with pants and a blazer.  A blazer really helps add some professionalism to an otherwise very casual tee.  To give it a little life, I went with colored pants.  These pants are the ankle length pixie pants from Old Navy.  While these pants don’t feel the most luxurious, I like them as an inexpensive, pretty-comfortable-for-the-price, option to add variety to your wardrobe.  ANY color works with this outfit, whether a different color like cobalt blue, green, or teal, or whether a neutral like black, grey, or khaki.

As a final twist, I chose to pattern mix with leopard print pumps!  Or, keep it streamline with black pumps instead.

*Read What is Business Casual Style? for a reference of different types of business casual looks.

Shop The Outfit:
Top: Target (exact-size M; similar)
Blazer: Old Navy (similar)
Pants: Old Navy (exact-size 4)
Shoes: Nordstrom (exact-size 8.5, similar, similar)
Tote: Sole Society (similar)
Necklace: Dear Mushka (exact)

black and white striped tee + black jeans + denim jacket + tan wedges + tan purse black jeans + black and white striped tee + denim jacket + tan wedges + tan purse
Outfit #3: Low Key Date or Lunch With Friends
Pair a striped tee with black jeans and wedges for a low key date or lunch with friends.  This elevated casual look is one of my favorites for both spring and early fall!

If you want to dress up a striped tee even more go with a cognac moto jacket + statement necklace + leopard print pumps.  Or, pair it with a skirt + denim jacket.  I’ve done both of those as well, which you can find in the striped tee outfit archives HERE.  Really, the possibilities with a striped tee are endless!

Shop The Outfit
Top: Target (exact-size M; similar)
Jacket: Nordstrom (exact-size M, similar, similar)
Jeans: Nordstrom (exact-size 6, similar and less expensive)
Shoes: Old Navy (similar)
Bag: Sole Society (similar)
Necklace: Dear Mushka (exact)

Do you have a striped tee that you love?  If so, wear one of these outfits to errands, work, or a meal out!  If not, check out the $8 striped tee HERE!




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