I've Never Regretted Buying This Shirt Style—Here Are 20 of the Best

We often use the term 'wardrobe staples' here at Who What Wear—as much as we adore trends, it's those versatile, love-forever buys that set our pulses racing—but we're not just talking about block-coloured basics and denim. We've also deemed the odd printed piece worthy of being welcomed into this category. 

An example is the striped shirt. Usually discarded in favour of the classic white button-down or a Breton, this specific style sits somewhere in the middle. Perhaps people have written it off as too corporate; and it's true, Pam Beesly sports her fair share in The Office, but I'm here to prove that the striped shirt is actually far more flexible than you realise. Whether you wear it with straight-leg jeans or a longline skirt, this timeless top has all the qualities we look for in a wardrobe mainstay, and it's easy to incorporate into all sorts of outfits.

As always, we've consulted some of our most-trusted influencers for their expert styling insights. Scroll on to see this underrated essential in action, then shop our favourites below.


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Marilyn wears a blue-and-white striped shirt with a midi-length dress and Adidas trainers.


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Take note from Lucy and dress down your striped shirt with a fun pleated mini skirt.


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Keep it classic and pair your striped button-down with blue denim jeans, like Lauren.


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Sara gives her striped shirt the Parisian treatment, teaming it with straight-leg denim and a blazer for her baguette run.


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This shirt style also works well unbuttoned over a ribbed tank, as demonstrated by Sarah Louise.


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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor for Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and updated takes on classic designs. 

While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.