When talking about truly classic fashion pieces, we can’t help but think of the ever-present stripe. Chic and restrained, sporty and youthful, bold and colorful — it is a fashion staple because we revel in its versatility.

The go-to stripe for T-shirts is, by far, the horizontal stripe. However, that doesn’t mean that horizontal striped tees are one-note.

In fact, with the horizontal stripe, we can play with the number and the thickness of the lines, as well as color combinations, which leaves us with an almost overwhelming variety. Therefore, the horizontal stripe is simple only at first glance.

But, when faced with such a vast range of choices, how can we pick the best option? Well, let’s take a quick look at some of the hit colors for striped tees and how you can wear them.

The Classic Stripe

If you’re aiming for timeless elegance, then it’s time to stock up on T-shirts with white, black, blue, or red stripes. You can never go wrong with the ever-popular black and white thin horizontal stripe.

Still, if you’re looking to make a bolder, sportier statement, we suggest going for a thicker stripe. Substitute the black with a navy blue, and you will get another classic combination that lends itself easily to a casual office setting or a day of running errands in style.

A baby blue striped T-shirt can help you look more youthful. However, if you’re going for a more romantic look, a light pink/white combo will be perfect for those hot summer days.

The Sweet Stripe

Pastels, especially wispy lilac and peach, have become a popular and relatable trend in recent years. Pairing either one of these colors with white will help you look sweet and pure.

Of course, you can always pick a more classic pastel combination — lilac and baby pink stripes go beautifully together. However, for a fresh and youthful look, opt for pastel mint green stripes.

If you’d like to emulate a more mature professional look, then go for muted chocolate brown. This particular shade goes well with plenty of colors, and you can even get a triple stripe combination. Opt for chocolate brown, mint green, and pastel pink stripes for a look that’s both casual and elegant.

The Smart Stripe

Beige and black stripes are a stylish excuse to wear a comfy T-shirt to work. This is one of the color trends for striped T-shirts that looks both classic and flattering under a trench coat. Still, if you’re going for a more bookish look, maroon works especially well when you pair it with either black or white stripes.

If you’re looking for something a little more interesting but still smart, try a combination of maroon and burnt orange stripes for that retro look, reminiscent of the 1970s.

The Bright Stripe

Bright colors like yellow and lime green can make our outfits more visually appealing and youthful-looking. So, try to incorporate vibrant striped tees with one or multiple hit colors of the season into your wardrobe. But remember — just as with the classic stripe, contrast is key!