We don't typically crib fashion ideas from the corporate world, but we have to admit: The classic striped shirt has its merits. Of course, like any piece, it's really all about how you style it. The striped-shirt outfits we're talking about bear little resemblance to your dad's business suits (although his too-big blazer might actually be on trend at the moment).
Instead, fashion types are wearing their button-downs with everything from slip dresses to track pants, and accessorizing with fluffy sandals, cool sneakers, and brightly colored bags. In short, they're putting a new spin on a piece you probably already have sitting in your closet—and offering plenty of inspiration to carry you through the season.
Below, see 23 ways to pull off a striped shirt, and shop styles for every taste and budget.
Stripes and plaid are a perfect pair.
Play with proportions when layering stripes on stripes.
Toughen up a businesslike button-down with plenty of black leather.
The conventional wisdom is to pair an oversize garment with something more streamlined, but here's proof that doubling up on extra-large pieces can work just as well.
A denim corset? Sure, why not?
Sometimes one sleeve is better than two.
Keep a turtleneck on hand for cold-weather layering.
Try an unexpected take on the skirt suit.
Slip dress + button-down = ideal match.
Monochrome made interesting.
An easy outfit for weekend wandering.
Who says navy and black shouldn't be worn together?
Add a pop of yellow to brighten up your blue and white.
Primary colors and cascading ruffles make this a winning look.
Here's one way to make a glossy patent mini work for daytime.
The half-tuck is an easy styling move that makes a big impact.
Swap out trousers for track pants, and you'll score far more fashion points.
Style a ruffled top with low-slung wide-leg pants.
The midi skirt and mules are perfectly polished.
This look takes "sweater dressing" to the next level.
Rounded sleeves create an eye-catching silhouette.
When in doubt, add more stripes.