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How to style a striped shirt | 20 chic outfits that prove this button down shirt style is a wardrobe essential

How to style a striped shirt | 20 chic outfits that prove this button down shirt style is a wardrobe essential

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Last Updated on January 29, 2024 by Eve Dawes

25 best women’s striped shirts & how to style them | Button up shirt outfit ideas for all seasons and the do’s and don’ts of wearing a striped shirt

How to style a striped button down shirt to keep this classic wardrobe staple in rotation and out of a styling rut. Women’s striped shirts and sweaters are something pretty much all of us own. So I wanted to share lots of striped button up shirt outfit ideas to give you more ways to wear your shirts and get creative. Whether that’s a black and white, blue and white striped shirt outfit or any color stripe shirt that goes beyond styling them with jeans. Women’s striped button down shirts work great for workwear but they’re also great for smart casual wear, swimwear coverups, shackets or worn as matching striped coord sets. So whether you’re looking for something on trend, classic style or ways to wear this years preppy fashion trend I have a womens striped shirt outfit idea for you.

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How to style a striped button down shirt

I just got this Polo Ralph Lauren blue and white women’s striped button down shirt recently. So I wanted to share lots of ways to style a stripe shirt not just women’s blue and white striped shirt outfit ideas. That include casual, smart and resort wear striped shirt outfit ideas and styling tips that work for all seasons.

I’m all about getting the most wear out of pieces as possible. I’m also sharing some do’s and don’ts of how to style a striped button down shirts for the most flattering looks.

16 ways to wear your women’s striped shirt (or any button down)

20 women’s striped button up shirt ideas

How to style a striped button down shirt from casual to workwear, summer to winter. For a full description of each, watch the how to style video:

  1. Smart casual: Tucked into white wide leg pants. Style with different shoes and bags to change the aesthetic.
  2. Wide leg pants with matching blazer and heels.
  3. Layer cable knit sweatshirt over the top for a preppy look.
  4. Add a blazer.
  5. Style with jeans and sneakers or heels.
  6. Un tuck your striped button down shirt for more casual look.
  7. Style with a mini skirt or skort for a sexier look.
  8. A midi pencil skirt and blazer with pumps or loafers is perfect for workwear.
  9. Everyday casual: Matching striped shirt shorts coord set and a bodysuit.
  10. Style it open as a shacket with your favorite plain top.
  11. Make it work double duty and use it as a swimsuit or bikini coverup.
  12. Preppy outfit idea: Stripe shirt and matching pleated skirt.
  13. Wear it open as a shacket – with matching shorts and a bikini top.
  14. Another casual look: The half tuck.
  15. The asymmetrical tuck.
  16. Summer women’s striped shirt outfit idea: with tailored white shorts.
  17. As above but with denim jean shorts.
  18. Throw a sweater over your shoulders for an on trend preppy look. 
  19. Knot it over a bodysuit.
  20. Style an oversized striped shirt as a dress under a cable knit vest with knee high boots.
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Beverly Hills X Revolve blue and white striped shirt and matching pleated skirt

Do’s and don’ts for wearing women’s striped shirts for the most flattering looks

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to how to wear a striped shirt but some ways and some styles look better than others and what most stylists will agree are do’s and don’ts. Although, one’s up for debate.

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However, it all comes down to personal preferences, so don’t let me tell you what to do if you like it.

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Do style it as a matching set or swimwear coverup | Green and white set (sold seperately)
  • Vertical vs horizontal women’s striped button down shirts are more flattering for the most part unless a Breton top or sweater.
  • Mixing prints: Some say it’s a do, some a don’t when it comes to how to style a striped shirt. So take this with a pinch of salt and experimenting. Personally don’t like mixed prints when it comes to shirts as it’s too much going on and I like it to be more of a minimalistic look. 
  • Do try minimalist looks. Let your stripe shirt be the focal point.
  • Do try the rule of 3 rather than too many colors. The 2 colors in the shirt plus one more e.g. gold belt and earrings, a red bag, fuchsia pink trousers/pants, or an emerald green mini skirt.
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25 best womens striped shirts to shop this season

From designer to luxe for less, these are the women’s striped button down shirts and matching sets worth adding to your wardrobe this year. Whether it’s an investment piece and classic style or something more fashion forward, these are the styles on my wishlist. Including a Valentino blue and white striped shirt that’s on sale, classic Prada, and a sexy black and gold metallic thread L’agence shirt.

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I also absolutely love matching stripe shirt and shorts sets either worn as open as swim coverup or buttoned up for everyday. Just be careful when shopping and styling these that they don’t end up looking like PJ’s.

Are striped shirts in style

Yes striped shirts are still in fashion and always will be. As seen at the Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney Spring Summer 2024 runway shows. They’re a classic wardrobe staple but how you style them will make them in or out of style. For the most on trend ways to style striped button down shirts this year go for preppy looks, use oversized styles as swimwear coverups or look for matching stripe shirt and shorts or skirt sets.

Striped shirts have long been a staple among the fashion set. This season, we’ve seen editors, A-listers and influencers alike embrace the striped shirt’s nonchalant appeal, playing on the minimalist aesthetic that has dominated designer collections on the recent runways. 

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