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Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

We are continuing our basics building series, where I highlight one key piece from our Classic Wardrobe Checklist. Today, I’m featuring the striped top, in advance of its upcoming Wear it Three Way post.

I remember being a kid, seeing pictures of Jackie Kennedy wearing a slim pair of pants and a perfectly fitted striped top, and being instantly drawn in. How could one person be so incredibly chic? 

Since then, she and other icons (like the forever beautiful Carolina Herrera) have been my style guideposts. Their perfectly pulled together, well-edited, subtle, and approachable style has been my style goal and the basis of my entire business.

Perhaps, one of the core pieces of any style is the striped top. It’s undoubtedly the holy grail of classic American style and is foundational if you love French girl style. But no matter where you land stylistically, a striped top will serve you well hanging in your closet.

The Classic Striped Top 


Clockwise from Left: One, $24  |  Two, $25  |  Three, $38  |  Four, $30 

For today’s post, I rounded up a few options, to  cover as many sizes as possible. 

First, this one from Old Navy. it comes in missy, petite and tall, up to a size XXL. Right now, with all of the extra at check out discounts it’s about $17. It’s a relaxed fit, with three quarter sleeves and in comfortable boatneck style. 

Next up, this crew neck, long sleeve top from Everlane. It’s as basic and classic as it gets, with a reasonable price tag. If you’ve been curious about Everlane, their better basics are a good place to start. I find they run slightly small, so if you are in-between sizes, go up one. I’m a big fan of them as a brand; my one call out is that their sizes are still limited and could benefit from a more inclusive range.

Boden is another retailer that really nails the striped top. Generally speaking, they are even too preppy for me, but their basics are well made and they have an inclusive size range up to a 20/22. 

I LOVE this option, with a split top neck (similar to a boatneck) and slim body. This is more fitted and longer so if you are tall (like me) it’s a nice option. 

Finally, I included this square neck option from Gap since a boatneck, or crew neckline isn’t flattering on everyone. If you have a fuller bust, and want to try out the look, this might be a good alternative. 

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Basics Building: Navy and White Striped Top

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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