Why a faded, blue striped shirt will be your wardrobe’s hardest working piece

Man Repeller's Leandra Medine is no stranger to the allure of the blue striped shirt
Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine is no stranger to the allure of the blue striped shirt. IMAGES: Man Repeller | Vogue | Who What Wear | Vanessa Jackman


OK, admission.

I have never been a fan of a blue striped shirt. Too Sloaney, I thought, too City Boy.

Too reminiscent of all those rugby types my school friends fancied and made me hang around with, when really I preferred boys who liked football.

And considering how much I love a Breton, I appreciate this is strange.

But recently I’ve assessed my wardrobe and realised how useful a faded striped, oversized shirt would be. Perfect under all those navy crew necks, great mixed with kick-ass black trousers and heels for a fashion-smarts, no-brainer work look, unbuttoned and worn over  a swimsuit on the beach or amazing dressed down at the weekend with denim over a white vest.

In short, I have totally been missing out.

The great news for fools like me is that blue striped shirts are everywhere, from tunics, off-the-shoulder numbers or in multiple options with your actual shirt style.

It is the ultimate transition piece to layer now, later and forever.

Here are my current favourites – and yes, I may have purchased the Whistles off-the-shoulder number.



CREDITS: 1: Boden | 2: H&M | 3: H&M | 4: Whistles | 5: ASOS | 6: Marks & Spencer


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    love the shirt – jeans combo from no3 …

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