12 New Ways to Wear Your Striped Shirts
by Emily Tozer
At this point, striped shirts are an undisputed wardrobe staple and, lucky for us, there isn't just one perfect style. A girl needs options! Like a scene-stealing LBD or dark skinny jeans that fit just right, you can't have too many striped shirts. We're willing to bet you've amassed a good collection—long-sleeve, short-sleeve, boatneck, scoop-neck—but you feel as if you've exhausted every style possibility. So, to break you out of your style rut, we've rounded up 12 new ways to wear striped shirts from our favorite bloggers!
With a Skater Skirt
Black-and-white striped shirts seem to be the most popular. And while we love a good monochromatic look, a bold dose of color is always more than welcome! We love how Mara of M Loves M delivers one with this bright red skater skirt. She keeps her look simple so the striped shirt still stands out.
Under a Trench Coat
Trench coat, skinny jeans, pumps — Helena of Brooklyn Blonde fully embraces the Parisian style of a striped shirt in this look. Switch up the look with a striped shirt in a bright hue like red. We love how she tied it in with red pumps, too. Or swap in flats, and you’ll have the most chic airport outfit of all.
Over a Button-Down
Layering is a clever way to bring new life to old pieces. Remix your striped shirts by layering one over a simple white button-down shirt — another wardrobe staple. We suggest a silk white shirt with striped shirts that are a thicker material so everything lays flat. Liz of Late Afternoon finished her outfit with skinny jeans, but you can easily swap in nice pants for a look that also works for the office!
With a Skirt
A striped shirt is a no-brainer for casual looks, but we love this dressed-up take on Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland. Her shirt gives the style that effortless vibe we’re always striving for. On your next date night, recreate her look by tucking a striped shirt into a sleek pencil skirt and accessorizing with lace-up heels.
Our next tip: Don’t overthink it! For a chic look that anyone can pull off, pair a black-and-white striped shirt with an all-black outfit. We love how Kate of The Fancy Pants Report gives her outfit a modern spin by mixing textures with a quilted leather jacket. For the most impact, stick to black accessories, too.
Under a Blazer
Mixing prints is a fashionista’s secret to reinventing wardrobe staples; and for that, a striped shirt is one of the easiest pieces to work with. Work yours under a printed blazer or jacket. But why stop there? Courtney didn’t! Try adding another pop of print with an accessory like a leopard belt, bag, or shoes.
With a Collar
We can always count on Wendy for out-of-the-box outfit inspiration. Here she proves that, with a few key accessories, you can totally dress up striped shirts for events or parties. Just avoid any that are too thin or worn. Opt for a cool detachable collar instead of the typical statement necklace, and tuck the shirt into a flirty flared skirt.
Leave it to Blair of Atlantic Pacific to put overalls on our wish list. Luckily, her outfit is surprisingly easy to copy. Of all your striped shirts, pick one with thin-width stripes and a slouchy fit for this look. Chic finishing touches make all the difference here—a swipe of red lipstick, a black scarf, and pointed pumps or flats.
With a Mini Skirt
Lately, fashion has taken a turn for the comfortable. The key is finding the right balance. Jacey of Damsel in Dior is the perfect inspiration for a new way to wear striped shirts and a cool way to wear sneakers. The high hemline of a mini skirt keeps your legs looking long. Dress it down by leaving an oversized striped shirt untucked.
With Flare Jeans
A good way to break out of any style rut is to work new trends into your look — luckily, striped shirts are versatile enough. The ’70s is a huge trend for spring, so start incorporating it now with a few key pieces, like flare jeans. A dark pair like this one on J’s Everyday Fashion is flattering on anyone. Her boatneck striped shirt is the perfect silhouette to wear with a few layered necklaces. Finish the look with high ankle boots or sandals to emphasize the leg-lengthening effect of flare jeans!
With a Leather Jacket
Take striped shirts from easy to edgy with a sleek leather jacket. It’s a simple layer, especially for transitional weather, that adds serious style to any outfit. Crystalin Marie balances the look with feminine pieces, like a sparkling necklace and a full skirt.
With a Vest
Striped shirts are so versatile that they work for everyone, no matter the personal style. For a change, give your striped shirt a menswear-inspired spin with a tailored vest and loafers. Offset an oversized vest with something more fitted, like shorts, as Julia of Gal Meets Glam does.