The Sartorial Superhero Everyone Needs in Their Closet

We all have staples hanging in our closets. A darn-near-perfect pair of jeans, a comfy yet undeniably stylish sweater and trend-proof boots. There’s one more necessity many people often overlook, though. We’re talking about striped button-downs.

Sure, you probably already have a bunch of button-downs in your arsenal. But stripes elevate the staple silhouette even further. The tailored versions mean business and go well with everything from structured suits to casual weekend outfits. Or you can go the oversized route. These are street style mainstays. And especially helpful if you have a larger bust and struggle to find a shirt you can actually button without that dreaded puckering. (Something we’ve definitely experienced firsthand.)

Styling outsize iterations is more of an art form. You want to showcase their slouchy fit without looking like you’re being swallowed whole. The key is to keep the rest of your look streamlined. A baggy button-down and baggy pants combo is best left to the professionals.

You can opt for shirtdresses boasting vertical lines. Which you can also sport over trousers. Although we personally prefer rocking our larger-than-life shirts as dresses come spring.

Ready to stock your closet? Here are the absolute coolest striped button-downs around.