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.
Marilyn wears a blue-and-white striped shirt with a midi-length dress and Adidas trainers.
Take note from Lucy and dress down your striped shirt with a fun pleated mini skirt.
Keep it classic and pair your striped button-down with blue denim jeans, like Lauren.
Sara gives her striped shirt the Parisian treatment, teaming it with straight-leg denim and a blazer for her baguette run.
This shirt style also works well unbuttoned over a ribbed tank, as demonstrated by Sarah Louise.
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