Nothing beats a crisp, striped shirt to add classic polish to a look, and this season the winning topper seems to be trending big time.
Right now, we have our eyes on the bounty of the striped boyfriend shirt, and we’re into it–classic AND comfortable (boyfriend styles typically read oversized), cute with everything from jeans to khakis to your beloved black pants.
If you already own one, it’s probably time for a refresh (does it pre-date your children?); if you’re without one, it’s time to give it a try.
Here are our picks for best in stripes.
J.Crew. A more tailored, slimmer-fit option. We love this for work (layer it under a blazer, why don’t you?) or those days you just want a bit more polish. It’s an amazing silhouette with just a touch of stretch (which we love). Comes in 4 colors.
Madewell. Simple. Oversized. Classic. Great for all body shapes and an easy pick for errands, hanging out in the backyard, and everyday wear with jeans or joggers. Comes in 2 colors.
AYR. A loose-fitting oxford with a play on stripe directionals that give this pick some zing. Thicker, trend-forward stripes with contrasting horizontal stripes on the pocket. It will fit slightly oversized (without being boyfriend style), so size down if you’d like a slimmer shape.
A.L.C. This maker A.L.C. specializes in classics with the perfect “twist.” The design details are what command a higher price, but lucky for you, this pick is on sale. We’re obsessing over the extra-long elasticized sleeves, which allow for an effortless scrunched-up sleeve effect. Comes in 5 colors.
H&M. If you want the look for less, this is it. This is one of the most oversized styles of our STS picks, so make sure you are into that look and don’t be afraid to size down (Stylist tip: Move the button on the sleeve for a more fitted cuff).
Monrow. This is a classic pink stripe in a cotton-spandex blend for the kind of extra stretch (and comfort) we love. Need we say more? Comes in 2 colors.
Rails. A lightweight cotton poplin in a pretty, warm, peachy pink. We like the straight, slightly relaxed (but not oversized) fit. Comes in 8 colors.
Frank & Eileen. Yes, the price point is high, but this iconic brand produces top-notch fabrics, worthy design details, and quality that lasts (and washes well). We simply adore the pairing of thin and thick stripes here. Buyers note: This style is intentionally oversized, with extra coverage in the back (which we like), so we recommend wearing this layered over leggings or jeans. Comes in 7 colors.
Pomander Place. We deem this one sophisticated enough for work, yet casual enough for the weekend. The high-low hem is great for a French tuck, while we think the three-quarter sleeves are a modern touch (and keeps the sleeves out of the way for the many hats you wear throughout the day!)
Banana Republic. Petites we have you covered: A classic shirt in a gorgeous purple stripe, with enough width to accommodate a relaxed fit around the midsection. Comes in 4 colors, as well as standard sizing.
Ann Mashburn. The lilac color is having a moment this spring, if that’s of interest, and it’s great on all skin tones. Ann Mashburn has thought about the details—it has a longer length and ample cuffs, and the rounded hemline offers great coverage. Tuck it in or don't. Comes in 11 colors.
Rails. One of the brand’s best-selling shirts (case in point, it comes in 24 colors!) thanks to its relaxed—and flattering for many bodies—body shape. In a lightweight linen fabric, this shirt will take you right into summer.
The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens. Frustrated with button-downs that never seemed to fit right, local DC designer Rochelle Behrens set out to create the perfect shirt. Her patented “No Gape” technology is an Oprah favorite, and one of ours, too. We like this patchwork style with pops of color… because life is about having fun.
J.Crew. The classic stripe shirt, but in a short sleeve. A charming cotton poplin garden top in a relaxed fit. Currently 50% off, so get it now.
Pilcro - Anthropologie. A boyfriend-style shirt that commands an air of super chic with its unexpected khaki-blue stripe pattern. Super comfy and super versatile. On sale 50% off. Comes in 2 colors.
The Shirt by Rochelle Behrens. A much more feminine take on the poplin stripe shirt, featuring a super flattering A-line trapeze shape for those who like a relaxed, flowy fit around the midsection. We adore the lace insets. Comes in 2 colors.
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