Beyond the basic T-shirt. 

By Samantha Durbin
Updated: October 16, 2015
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.
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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.

zara.com

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Coat

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.

warbyparker.com

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Glasses

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.

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Bag

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.

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Skirt

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.

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Hat

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.

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Pants

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.

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Shoes

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.

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