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How to Wear A Striped Boatneck Top

On Sunday, we shared this classic striped boatneck top, from J.Crew. And it quickly climbed to the top of our best sellers list.

Available in XXS – 3X for $49.50, with an extra 25% off with the code EPIC.

It’s an absolute wardrobe staple, that you can pair with anything in your closet.

I have dozens of these, and pair them with jeans, joggers, shorts, white pants … you get the idea.

If classic style is your wheel house, a striped boatneck is a must have.

Three Ways to Style a Striped Boatneck Top

Key Piece: Classic Striped Boatneck

Boatnecks are one of the most elegant necklines available.

They work particularly for women with a small to medium-sized bust and narrow or balanced shoulders.

If you are pear-shaped, it can help balance out your hips, and if you are hourglass, it can help highlight your curves.

I’m a tall rectangle, and boatnecks are one of my go-to styles.

So today, I’m sharing three easy outfit ideas to help you bring your new top into the mix, using a combination of some of our recent reader favorites and some new recommendations.

with Polished Basics

Well you can just stick my head on top of this cute little look.

We’re starting with a classic pair of straight leg light-wash jeans from Everlane.

If you’re looking for a jean with just a touch of stretch, these are worth considering.

They have a high waistband and your choice of lengths in sizes 23 – 35 for under $100. Read the reviews to get a better sense of if these will work for you.

Then I took a simple navy crewneck sweater to tie around your neck, like a scarf, but more casual.

Above is the navy cashmere crew from J.Crew, available in sizes XXS – 3X.

Alternatively, you could use this popular Quince version, which is only $50 but just goes up to an XL in sizes.

Then, some timeless accessories.

This look really showcases how valuable it is to have certain pieces on hand. Here, simple gold hoops (I will talk about these for eternity). I also love this black top handle bag with gold hardware from the Coach Outlet.

And, finally, these two-toned slingbacks. These are all over TikTok as a Chanel dupe, which, let’s not get crazy. But they are pretty shoes that give a similar look and add interest.

with a Bias Skirt

We featured a few bias cut satin skirts prior to the holidays.

And while they are wonderful for dress-up occasions you can wear them all year long.

Here, we’re using this navy one, from J.Crew, available in XS – 3X for under $100. And again, Quince has a similar style for less without the size range.

To make this look, you have to be comfortable with a front tuck. This will help give the look shape, otherwise, it could look boxy.

And remember you can get thees hemmed to your best length for not a lot of money.

Then some neutral accessories.

I though these kitten heels from Sam Edelman were interesting. The low heel is very chic.

You could also wear a pair of low profile sneakers.

For a bag, I’m using this popular woven clutch we found at Anthropologie. It adds just the right amount of texture.

And for jewelry, of course, where your go-to, daily pieces. I added this simple chain from Mejuri since it works so well with a boat neckline.

with Sneakers

For our last look, we’re going casual and we’re using all pieces previously featured, starting with these inexpensive dark wash jeans from Old Navy.

As per usual, size down, they stretch out.

Then, I added these neutral tonal sneakers on sale at J.Crew and the Lo & Sons Pearl Crossbody bag. This is still one of my favorite bags. It’s so great for daily use and travel. The quality is outstanding.

And an every day look needs a pair of sparkly studs. So I went with this pretty pair from Amazon.

How to Wear A Striped Boatneck 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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Saturday 14th of January 2023

Would love to have one (or more) of these cute tops but I need a petite size. Do you know of a retailer that carries them?

Megan Kristel

Saturday 14th of January 2023

We feature many retailers that carry petite: J.Crew, Talbots, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, etc.


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

I love these outfit formulas so much! They are the reason I first found your blog and now I'm an avid follower. It's nice to see the boat neck get some love. I feel like v-necks get all the press (in general, not your site), but if you have tiny shoulders v-necks can quickly stretch the limits of modesty for daytime. I would love more guidance about the low-profile sneaker, and what qualifies. I'm still struggling to make it work with a skirt, and I would love to pull it off since I teach on my feet all day. I think my sneakers are accidentally too chunky.


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Hi! I read your post on my phone and I am unable to remove the banner , “do not sell or share my information “. It leaves me just a small area to view your post! Even now writing this the banner is covering the left side! So annoying. Sorry Megan. I do enjoy your posts. Thanks, Susan

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 10th of January 2023

We went it to our agency to have it fixed.


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Could you please do a post explaining how one chooses the colour of the shoes or boots to go with the outfit? Eg, I bought the Blondo tan suede booties and am never sure what colour pant etc I can wear them with.