I wouldn’t say the question keeps me up at night, but I have been giving it perhaps an undue amount of thought. Why do I own so many striped shirts, and why is my thirst for more (see below) so seemingly unquenchable? Wherein lies their vast—and apparently universal—appeal? I turned to my friend Jessica Morgan—stripe lover, astute style observer, and one half of the genius duo behind Go Fug Yourself—for answers. “I think the striped shirt works in EVERY aesthetic, really, because it’s highly adaptable while not being boring, thanks to the stripe, and there are so many variations on it,” she says. “Basically, everyone can find a striped shirt that feels like it’s going to be an appealing addition to her wardrobe—after all, how many shirts can read both French gamine AND New England prepster? They are classic AND fresh, a pattern that is somehow also a neutral. Truly, the perfect casual shirt.” And to that, I can add little, except to say that the striped shirt can also skew rock and roll if you so choose, and that Jessica’s point about it being a pattern that’s also a neutral is brilliant, and probably goes quite a long way towards explaining why we all reach for them so very much of the time.
Yes, this little number goes for just over $100 and no, I am not above considering it regardless, because it is pitch-perfect in every way: the slight fade of the red, the white ring at the collar, the perfectly worn-in look. Some striped tees skew more femme, but this one is glorious 100% tomboy.
The combination of pink and red on such a boyish shape is both playful and chic, and I think this choice could absolutely be dressed up as it is here with a fancy lady skirt.
Big fat stripes, wicked low price.
The red collar here is absolutely all that’s needed to make this a standout.
Stripe-on-stripe contrast is so fun and 70s—like something a cast member of Zoom would wear (an odd style reference, perhaps, for a woman in her 50s, but there you have it).