My How to Wear series has really become one of my favourites. I have been having so much fun selecting a new item each month and then finding out more about how to wear it. In researching each item I really have been learning so much about style and styling outfits myself and I hope you are finding the info useful too!
Today I’m sharing a bit more about How to Wear Striped Tops or T-shirts. This is a classic item that every woman needs to have in her wardrobe. Not only is it the perfect update to the classic casual white T but it’s equally at home being paired with a more elegant ensemble!
The Breton striped top was inspired by the French sailors’ uniform – a three-quarter-sleeve top with blue and white horizontal stripes and a boat neckline. It was popularized by Coco Chanel and become beloved by Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot making it a very versatile item perfect for adding a touch of French flair to wardrobes worldwide!
The bonus is that nowadays striped tops come in all manner of styles and shades – long or short sleeved, loose or tight fitting, navy, red, white, black etc etc. These are just a few of the options I came across on a recent whizz through Edgars in the Waterfront…
Since I’ve discovered how versatile a striped T can be I’ve been steadily expanding my collection and my wardrobe now includes a few varieties of this style staple – a very fine black stripe on white, slightly thicker black stripe on white, thin black and white stripes, navy and white, light green on cream.
My most recent purchase is this lovely white on blue version from Tom Tailor at Edgars…
But how do you know what to wear it with? Here are a few ideas of what to pair your striped tee’s with…..
Ways to Wear Striped Tops
Dark wash classic denim jeans with a pair of Converse sneakers
Skinny jeans and flat black pumps
Boyfriend jeans and a pair of bright coloured heels
Short leather or denim skirt and wedges
Cropped coloured pants or skirt with ballet flats or brogues
White linen trousers and a pair of white plimsolls or espadrilles
Denim cut-off shorts and flipflops or biker boots
Tailored khaki pants or shorts
An all black ensemble – very Parisienne
An all white outfit – very French Riviera
To get a few more ideas on how to style my favourite striped tops I once again turned to Pinterest to get some ideas from some stylish celebs….
So which of these looks is your favourite? I hope you’re feeling inspired to add some stripes to your life now. Before you rush off to buy a new Breton striped T you might like to read through a few final thoughts on wearing stripes….
Things to remember when wearing stripes
Try on several styles to find the look that’s right for you.
Master the effortlessly tuck – a half tuck or a front tuck.
Different colour combinations keep the look current.
Wear the more classic colour combinations with something bold or pastel below the waist.
Choose a striped t-shirt instead whenever you feel drawn to wearing a plain white T. Stripes are the new neutrals!
For a chic look wear your stripes with a blazer – black, coloured or printed – they will all work as the different colours or prints will create an interesting contrast in your look.
The danger with wearing horizontal stripes is that they can give the illusion of adding a few kg’s to your shape, so steer clear of horizontal-striped tops in stretchy fabrics as these may draw attention to your middle!
Images: Kathryn Rossiter & Pinterest