how to wear a striped shirt

How To Wear a Striped Shirt and Create Chic Outfits

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If you have a striped top in your wardrobe, you don’t need anything else. Okay, slight exaggeration, but the point is, a striped top is a wardrobe must-have for mixing and matching and creating endless chic and classic looks. If you are looking for new inspiration and different ways on how to wear this item, then keep reading for the top chic outfit ideas on how to wear a striped shirt!

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What striped shirt is right for you?

First things first. Before we get into the outfit ideas, it’s important to go over some basic styling on how to wear a striped shirt!

Depending on your body type, there may be stripes that are better suited for you than others. The general rule is that a plus-size woman should stick to vertical stripes and thin stripes. This will draw your eye up and down instead of side to side, potentially making you look larger. You can still rock horizontal stripes if you want to, just look for thinner stripes.

Related: 10 Fashion Hacks for Plus Size Ladies Over 50

When it comes to a striped tee, one in a neutral color will be best, such as black and white stripes. This will provide the most styling abilities! But once you have this classic piece in your wardrobe, feel free to experiment with another striped t-shirt. A red, white, and blue shirt with stripes are chic and would be the perfect choice for some French flair and look great in the spring and summer. Pair with white shorts and espadrilles to top off the look!

Think about the fit and style you want to have as well. Boyfriend shirts are more casual and would look cute with denim shorts and sandals for a morning at the Farmer’s market, while a crisp striped blouse with a pencil skirt would be better suited for work and formal occasions.

An oversized striped shirt with a denim jacket can be great for pairing with fitted jeans and flats, achieving a chic yet casual look.

Do you want short sleeves? Long sleeves? There’s no wrong or right style, as long as you love it. You may even find that your wardrobe can benefit from a few different variations!

How to wear a striped shirt

Now that we’ve covered those basic styling tips, let’s get into the easy-to-copy outfit ideas!

This top is very compatible with layering. It will look great under all kinds of outerwear, such as a puffer vest and all your favorite long cardigans that you save for fall. Stripes can go with either color extreme- such as black jeans or a white blazer. And if you have a striped sweater, who says you actually have to wear it? Try tying it over your top for a preppy vibe.

For a stylish street-style outfit, wear this top with denim, white sneakers, and a leather jacket.

Another cool way on how to wear a striped shirt? Mix prints with it! One of the best prints to do this with is leopard print for a stylish mix, but it looks good with many other prints too, such as floral and camo, if that’s your thing.

One of my favorite ways to create a chic look with a striped tee is to wear it with blue jeans, a blazer, and either loafers or ballet flats.

Another great way to wear this top is under a trench coat. Tres chic!

Get inspired by these striped shirt outfits below!

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Where to get a striped shirt

For budget-friendly options, check out this one from Amazon or this one from Target.

If you have a little more to spend, check out the widget below for more picks.

For a Parisian-inspired look, don’t forget to add a Breton top to your wardrobe.

Next time you see this shirt hanging in your wardrobe, pull it out and use one of the outfit ideas in this post to create a chic outfit!

Now that you know how to wear a striped shirt and that it can be worn with almost anything, check out this next post on how to wear a black blazer- another wardrobe staple item!

Up Next: Effortlessly Chic Outfit Ideas On How to Wear a Black Blazer

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.