Loving right now: Stripes

Recently, I've developed a bit of a style crush on striped shirts. I am loving that the classic French girl style staple is back, but, much to my disappointment, the only striped shirt I own had a hole in it when I went to wear it yesterday. This style of shirt comes in so many forms, and there are endless possible ways to wear it. I plan on wearing mine with jean cutoffs, and an army jacket. Another possible combination is tucked in to a floral skirt with cute sandals. In my quest to find a replacement, I've come across these four options as contenders.

The relaxed striped knit top from Forever 21 is a steal at $13.80, and has a perfectly slouchy look. I love the shape of the sleeves, and this style would be very forgiving if you had a big lunch, too! I would pair this option with navy shorts and my favorite pair of red espadrilles.

Next, at Gap, there is this striped cuff-sleeve t. This option has the classic stripe that starts just above the chest, which is the classic French way to wear this style of top. The cuffed sleeves make the top look a little more pulled together, and a little less t-shirt-ish. I would pair this option with a colored skirt, a chunky brown leather belt, and sky high brown wedges. Currently on sale for $13, one could afford to stock up on this top!

This vintage bateau top from J. Crew has a classic boat neck style neckline. I've always found this to be a flattering style to the shoulders of most women. I would style this just how J. Crew did on their website- with beat up boyfriend style jeans (I would cuff them at the ankle), lots of heavy gold jewelry, and again, super tall sandals or wedges. At $36, it is a little more than I usually pay for a t-shirt, but, it is a staple that would be worn often.

Last, we have a twist on the traditional. This striped sequin boatneck tee is also from J. Crew, but is completely different than the option above. Available in black stripes and rose stripes on a cream background, the stripes are actually covered in sequins! I really like how they dressed up what is usually considered to be a very casual piece. I would try to keep the rest of my outfit simple while wearing this. For day, I would probably pair it with cropped and cuffed khakis, ballet flats, and a strong gold necklace. For evening, I'd mix it up a bit by tucking in the front of the top to a floral mini and pairing it with some black gladiator heels. At $72, it is definitely a splurge, but you will be the envy of all of your friends.

So, what do you think? Do you like the sailor shirt? Which of the above options are your favorites?


  1. I've fallen in love with stripes as well. Unfortunately I only have a couple striped shirts but I hope to be buying more very soon! The sailor shirt is becoming a staple in my wardrobe!

  2. Mandi- Glad to know I'm not the only one who loves sailor shirts!