Beyond the basic T-shirt.
Stripes can be divisive: There are the people who love them so much they have a growing (but limiting) collection of striped T-shirts. And then there are those who insist the print creates a tubular illusion. Luckily for both groups, the versatile print comes in many forms. Here, some picks that are likely to flatter—and stay in style for many seasons ahead.
Gray tonal stripes make this elongating coat practically a neutral. The open collar lapel breaks up the pattern, allowing the outfit underneath to shine through, while the pockets provide casual ease. Pair it with sneakers for a laid-back vibe.
To buy: $149, zara.com.
A new alternative to solids (or even tortoise), the rich brown stripes on these frames deliver seasonless style and evoke images of a beautiful sunset. The updated square frame is designed for narrower faces.
To buy: $95, warbyparker.com.
Still not crazy about the idea of wearing stripes? Carry them instead. This nautical-inspired bag features clean lines that pop against the caramel-colored faux leather trim. The only tough decision to make: navy or black stripes?
To buy: $65, solesociety.com.
This pencil skirt offers two style wins: an easy, affordable way to try the sportif trend (think Alexander Wang), plus two racing stripes down the sides that lengthen the hip and thigh areas.
To buy: $25, forever21.com.
This ombre floppy hat is collapsible, making it an essential travel piece. The gray and black texture resembles a knit more than a stripe, but it has the same timeless allure as stripes, with a hint of bohemia.
To buy: $58, anthropologie.com.
Call the shots in hip-to-ankle pinstripes and the classic menswear color combo of navy and white. For business casual, pair the pants with your favorite white tee or step it up a bit with a silky, feminine blouse.
To buy: $70, shop.mango.com.
This d'Orsay flat has it all: supreme comfort and a little bit of sass. A memory-foam footbed cushions, while fine stripes make for a foot-slimming silhouette. The thin buckled belt detail and deep V-toe also help streamline wider feet.
To buy: $88, nordstrom.com.