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.
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.
These pants are also part of the Saks Friends & Family sale! They make a really nice alternative to denim; size down if in between.
I hope these looks inspire you to try a stripe button-up shirt this season.
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photos: Alison Cornell