A striped shirt, especially in blue, is one of those wardrobe classics that we reach for time and again for polished style. Whether those stripes range from hairline thin to wide balanced lines, the versatility of this crisp style is unmatched, whether you wear yours tailored, oversized, untucked, half-tucked into jeans, or fully tucked into a pencil skirt for a professional look.
Stripes are a forever-staple in every woman’s wardrobe, whether your taste is classic, minimal, eclectic, feminine, or a combination of some or all of these. Timeless iterations like the Breton stripe, nautical, and what we consider “French-girl” stripes abound every season, most often in the form of T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans, and dresses.
Here are just some iterations of the types of stripes you can find in this classic shirt:
These many types of stripes are incorporated in pieces ranging from super casual (like a striped tee) to more formal and professional pieces like tailored blazers, trousers, suits, and crisp button-down shirts.
Designers are continuously reinventing the classic button-down shirt for a contemporary feel, like this striped shirt. The current trend for this classic is a longer, looser fit without the button-down collar.
The Striped Shirt Outfit
The Classic Striped Shirt
After a bit of searching, I found this superfine poplin shirt. It has a nice soft feel with a slightly tailored fit. It’s one of those go-to pieces for any day.
- Superfine poplin weave.
- Long sleeves with button cuffs.
- Spread collar, button front.
- Patch pocket at chest.
- Curved hem.
While I’m styling it today for a casual, “boyfriend” look, I will wear this under a blazer with either trousers or a pencil skirt as well. (You know–later on–when I actually have places to wear such things!)
The V-neck makes it current, but it does hang a little low. It’s not gaping open due to the slight slant in the design, but just a side note.
Add An Oversized Sweater
What do you think of the current trend toward the “boyfriend” sweater style? Some call it the grandpa cardigan (lol!), but I love the comfortable ease of this style. When I saw this chunky cardigan with the large buttons and the relaxed style, I was all in.
The loose fit makes you feel like kicking back, yet it can look stylish, too, with the right pieces. For sizing, I purchased my usual size small. You could size down if you want a more tailored fit. It also comes in gray, cactus green, and a pretty peach shade. Best of all? It has pockets!!
Medium Wash Jeans
While any shade of jeans from light wash to dark would work, I went with a medium wash in these super high-waisted, button-front “mom” jeans. The Mom jeans style seems to work well for my body shape as they are not too tight or loose. You first saw these jeans in the post, Style Camel Layers for a Tonal Look.
These boots are my nod to the combat boot style currently trending. Now I do see myself in those boots back in my teens and 20s, but I’m just not into that look now. For me, that is. I do see other bloggers styling them and they look super cute! To each his own, of course!
Anyway, these are basically a Chelsea-style boot with a bit of a platform (works for me!) and a lug sole. They are just high enough to keep your feet and ankles warm and are super comfortable. Unlike some of these booties that sit higher on the ankle, they are flexible and easy to move it, so I like that as well. They also come in black for a little more combat-ish look or a cute leopard print.
Here’s a little inside info: this is the kind of “uniform” I wore a LOT in years past. After wearing professional outfits all week, I reverted quite often to jeans and a shirt on the weekends! I started this blog to make sure I wouldn’t fall into a rut and stick to one style! So now, this uniform look has become a more occasional choice: still loved, but worn when the mood strikes!
Is this a look you might choose? I know all of you have or have styled striped shirts at one time or another. This just might be the time to refresh your striped shirt! And a fun chunky cardigan will provide the warmth and coziness we still need right now.