Spring Trend to Try: Stripe Button-Up Shirt

Stripes and tailored button-up shirts are having a moment right now, and some combine the best of both worlds.

I’ve never been much for button-up shirts, but when the RAILS Charli Stripe Linen Blend Button-Up showed up in my Evereve Trendsend box right before my Miami trip last month, I figured I’d go ahead and try it. (UPDATE: As of 3/21/23 this top is 25% off at Saks, and Nordstrom is price matching!)

RAILS Charli on sale at Saks and Nordstrom (also at Bloomingdale’s) // AGOLDE shorts (28) // Michael Stars tank (M) (also at Nordstrom) // Sam Edelman slides (8.5) (also at Bloomingdale’s & Zappos) // YSL sunnies (similar for less) // Lagos bracelet & earrings // Madewell necklace

Well, whaddya know, I love it! It’s definitely a splurge, but there are so many ways to wear it. It looks just as good with shorts as it does with pants.

If you’d rather save than splurge, I also found a similar for less option at Nordstrom – this Caslon Linen Blend Button-Up Shirt.

I brought both with me on my trip and shot some looks to show you a few fun ways to style a stripe linen button-up shirt this spring!

First up, a look with a white tank and shorts. If you struggle with button-up shirts due to a larger chest, this is a way around that issue. Plus, layered looks are generally more interesting.

This is the best white tank, and it’s on sale in certain colors, but unfortunately not the white. It’s nice and thick and soft, and not at all see-through. It has a good bit of stretch, but it isn’t so body-conscious that it hugs every lump and bump.

It makes the perfect layer under shirts like this one or a denim jacket, and it also stands alone nicely due to the bra-friendly straps, and the trim around the neckline is a nice finishing touch.

These shorts are the AGOLDE Parker Long Shorts with Cuff, and they also came in that Evereve Trendsend box. These fit similarly to the iconic Parker Vintage Cutoff Shorts and the Long version, both which are currently part of the Saks sale.

I like the addition of the cuff, as I feel it makes them look a little more finished, even though they’re still very casual due to the light wash and distressing. They’re very comfortable, too; although they feel stiff at first, they break in easily. I recommend going with your usual denim size in these, no need to size up.

I chose a casual brown slide sandal to complete this first outfit, although there are so many options! I picked up these Sam Edelman slides on a whim when I was shopping at Nordstrom the day before I left for Miami. I wanted a metallic (and they do come in a metallic) but they didn’t have it my size, so I went with the light brown, which worked out just fine. I actually like this shade quite a lot.

The woven upper is soft and comfortable and just a bit stretchy, so they stay on easily when I walk, and the sole has some nice cushion to it as well. They’re very comfortable for a slide. Another option would be this raffia slide. I love all the colors, but I’m particularly drawn to that Beachwood. I might have to place an order!

Here’s the same stripe top buttoned up with white jeans and the same brown slides, for a crisp look that would be great for cool summer evenings. You could also do a coordinating tank underneath and leave it open.

RAILS Charli on sale at Saks and Nordstrom (also at Bloomingdale’s) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) (similar for less and even less // Sam Edelman slides (8.5)

These jeans are the MOTHER Dazzler, my favorite white straight ankle jeans. I also like the Good American pair with the raw hem for under $90, and this Gap Factory pair for an option under $50.

I also took a few pictures wearing the Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats in Seafoam. I think this is a nice way to elevate the look while keeping it comfortable and casual. I love how the seafoam green picks up on the colors in the shirt.

RAILS Charli on sale at Saks and Nordstrom (also at Bloomingdale’s) // MOTHER Dazzler (29) (similar for less and even less // TORY BURCH Minnie ballet flats (8) // YSL handbag (save option) // LAGOS earrings // LAGOS bracelet

This time I front-tucked the shirt to add some definition to my waist. I think it also gives it a more finished look, although I wish I’d thought to add a belt in a light taupe or beige.

And one more quick variation on this look… To dress it up, I swapped out my flats for these Dolce Vita Lukas platform heels. I love this! It just needs a straw clutch or bag of some sort.

And here’s more of that look with the Caslon button-up shirt. I paired it with olive cargo pants and those same brown Sam Edelman slides, and this time I remembered a belt!

These pants are also part of the Saks Friends & Family sale! They make a really nice alternative to denim; size down if in between.

PAIGE cargo pants 25% off! (29 but need the 28) (also at Anthro & Zappos) // Caslon button-up shirt (M) // Sam Edelman slides (8.5) (also at Bloomies & Zappos) // similar belt // bracelet

I hope these looks inspire you to try a stripe button-up shirt this season.

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19 Responses

  1. Thanks for the post. Have fun in Florida! Oh me, I don’t know how you guys live where it is cold so much of the year. You probably say the same thing about us living where I live and the heat. I was looking on Pinterest, there are lots of ways to tuck button down shirts and t-shirts for those of us who need to shorten long shirts. This is a nice feature for those of us who don’t have waist anymore but don’t want to look like a sack. Again have fun!

  2. I just signed up for my first Trendsetter box, this will be interesting, because the closest Evereve store is about 90 miles, so if I really like the items it would be worth a day trip for shopping. Have a blessed week!

  3. I’m usually not a fan of button downs but they’re growing on me, you look great.

    Here’s my travel tip for hot weather and Italy or any other place similar. It probably won’t rain but if it does and it’s too hot for a jacket….I pack one of those cheap rain ponchos you can get in the drug store. You and bags/knap sack, etc everything will stay dry until it stops and just turn inside out to put back in bag and nothing else gets wet. It doesn’t take up space when packing…..and everyone needs some type of bag/knapsack etc, you don’t want to be lugging 5 water bottles during the day. You’ll pack and end up having your favorite clothing pieces that are comfortable and will wear over……and sometimes not have time to change clothes for dinner…..go with the flow (I keep a small package of face wipes to freshen up with sometimes, my husband used as well). Oh and don’t worry about looking like a tourist……everyone will be a tourist, dress comfortable (cobble stone walking and usually not all flat).

    We’ve seen the western side of Italy and want to go back for to see the eastern side……so beautiful and rich in history. Enjoy

  4. I love that you have finally embraced button downs, Jo-Lynne! I love every outfit you’ve shared here- button ups (especially linen) are my jam. It’s full on coastal grandmother (although I am not (yet) a grandmother and don’t (yet) live on the coast) for me all spring and summer. I hope you and Cyndi have a great time in Florida!

  5. Love all the outfits, the necklace shown with the rails blouse and tank is so neat looking. Can you provide a link for that? Thank you.

  6. p.s. when I clicked on the Madewell necklace it was the three tier one which was sold out? Maybe you’re just wearing a part of the set?

  7. I love a button down shirt, but do often have the gaping problem at the chest. I appreciate when shirts have a “relaxed fit” so I don’t have that issue. Love all your outfits, but particularly the Caslon shirt with the green cargos!

  8. I bought the Caslon version on your recommendation and link and LOVE it!! I would love some olive cargo pants similar to yours perhaps a tad less spendy. But goodness I love yours. Great outfits.

  9. I don’t know why you never liked yourself in button ups. Every time I’ve seen you in one……you even have one on at the end of your daily post, in light blue……I think you look great. Maybe now since you’ve had your breast reduction, you feel better about it staying buttoned better? Keep wearing them. I love all these looks. I have always liked Sam E. sandals, but I don’t like how they always put the brown footbed with the name in all of them no matter the color I just don’t care for that, especially with the white sandals, but as for comfort, I like how they feel. I think I prefer the white jeans without a belt. It looks more Summer like and comfortable. I still rarely wear a belt. Its more hassle and I just like to front tuck and go. LOL But, all that to say, I do like the belt with the olive pants. Just adds and finishes off the look. Have fun in Florida. Neat you are meeting Cyndi. I miss your post you two use to do together at the beginning of each Season.

  10. Received my Michael Stars Maya tanks ordered from Evereve at that great sale price in size (s) which was recommended by size quiz. Fits a little snug with plenty of room in armholes, afraid if I would size up to (m) it would be too big in arm area. Do you find that yours stretches out any? Also on the Northstrom site they offer only one size fits most in 0-10 I believe in this same tank, wonder what the difference is?

    1. You can make it stretch out some if you want – by tugging on it. I got one of the O/S fits all from Zappos a few years ago and it fit me fine. I used to wear the small but the newest white one is a medium, and it’s a tad longer and not quite so tight, but still very fitted. I feel like there’s a lot of flexibility in their sizing.

      1. Thanks, think I’ll just keep the two I ordered on sale;; cannot find the Flame color anywhere and will most likely wear under a hoodie or thin blouse since I carry more of my weight through my waistline, ha! If I order the white I will get the medium.

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