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5 Reasons The Striped Shirt Is The Unsung Hero Of Our Closets

03/27/2015 11:08am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

Let's take a moment to praise the striped shirt. The classic design is one of the hardest working pieces in our wardrobe, but it rarely gets the recognition doled out to the LBD (little black dress) or jeans.

You can never have too many striped shirts -- they can easily be dressed up or down. It's that amazing versatility and simple linear pattern that have made the "Breton" stripe a style mainstay.

So, let's give credit where credit's due and celebrate this unsung hero of your closet. Check out the shopable looks below for five awesome reasons why stripe shirts are the greatest.

Because a striped tee is one of the only ways to make overalls look chic.
striped shirt
striped shirt
Boden striped shirt, $38; UNIQLO overalls, $50; Simply Be ballet flats, $60.

Because leather still looks badass when teamed with high contrast stripes.
stirped shirt
striped shirt
Mango blazer, $105; Rowme striped lace shirt, $8; H&M Leather biker trousers, $150; Super Retro sunglasses, $10; Vans slip-on sneakers, $45.

Because you should consider stripes a neutral since you can wear them with any color.
striped shirt
striped shirt
3.1 Phillip Lim flared shorts, $275; ORCIVAL Breton-striped cotton T-shirt, $59; Zara Loose-Fit trench coat, $129; Report "Skarlett" shoes, $24; TopShop "Lexi" sunglasses, $30.

Because you're almost guaranteed to look like a chic Parisian when you wear stripes.
striped shirt
striped shirt
ORCIVAL Breton-striped cotton top, $52; Karl Madita vest, $380; Vionnet High Waisted Wide Leg Trousers, $831; Rag & Bone hat, $195; Fossil belt, $27.

Because stripes are the easiest way to power clash like a pro.
stirped shirt
striped shirt
A.P.C. Breton-stripe top, $118; Dorothy Perkins clutch, $12; Get The Looks full skirt, $119; Viva Republic studded heels, $30.

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