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Why The Striped Shirt Is The Most Versatile Work Top

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While a shift dress is great for busy mornings, a striped shirt communicates the air of professional preparation you need to exude on a Monday. Whether it’s pinstripe, wide or horizontal, this linear print not only matches staples you already own—it’s also undeniably chic and flattering on any body type. When paired with the right proportions and figure-enhancing pieces, it promises to transform a boring monochromatic look into a polished, elevated ensemble. Ahead, get our style tips on how to upgrade this classic top for your unique frame.

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How To Style A Striped Shirt

Petite

Styling tip: To elongate your body, pair a slightly cropped pant with minimalist nude heels.

Nudist Song Patent-Leather Sandals

$395

Stuart Weitzman

Slim-Fit Trousers

$50

Mango

Boy Shirt in Bold Stripe

$78

J.Crew

Hutton Tuxedo Blazer

$495

Rachel Zoe

Curvy

Styling tip: Opt for an A-line skirt to accentuate the waistline and balance out the stripes. Finish off with a neutral pointed-toe pump to lengthen the legs.

Stacy Drawstring Bucket Bag

$328

Furla

Lucy ½ D’Orsay Suede Pump

$695

Jimmy Choo

Just This Sway Skirt

$50

Modcloth

Tall

Styling tip: Complement your long limbs by donning wide-leg trousers and pointed-toe booties. Top it off with a double-breasted blazer with gold buttons that is both professional and elevated.

Pirhana Pointy Toe Dress Booties

$129

Nine West

Double-Breasted Wool-Twill Blazer

$2,375

Balmain

High Waist Trousers

$50

Zara