Where do you start with styling a men’s striped shirt? The first thing to consider is whether you’re wearing a shirt with horizontal or vertical stripes. Both patterns can be found across multiple styles of shirts, from short and long sleeve button-down shirts to linen shirts. Essentially, each of these stripes will flatter your body type differently. For instance, vertical stripe shirts are suitable for achieving the illusion of looking a little taller. While horizontal stripes are a good fit if you want to appear broader. When styling vertical stripes in a relaxed office environment, an all-over striped shirt worn with an open collar and plain pants offers a contemporary take on business casual. Often, a vertical stripe shirt will be evenly contrasted with horizontal striped barrel cuffs and collar, punctuating the look nicely. An open-collar striped vertical shirt, ideally in linen or lightweight cotton, is ideal for creating smart-casual looks in warmer climates. Opt for short or long sleeves and pair either with chino shorts and loafers for an alfresco dinner party or beach holiday. Layering a long-sleeved stripe shirt under something like a blazer and chinos works perfectly for a summer wedding too. Don’t be afraid to choose a bright-coloured stripe as it will help lift the overall outfit. When styling stripes in a formal setting, you can opt for something more subtle; try pairing a plain navy suit with a shirt with fine lines in light blue—a patterned shirt in this style is simple and elegant. If you’re opting for horizontal stripes on a t-shirt try to keep the other elements of your outfit fairly neutral—like laying a plain cotton button-down shirt over the top for a casual effect. And then there’s pants—what pants should you wear with a striped shirt? A good rule of thumb is to keep your pants plain if you’re styling a striped shirt—but this can also come down to your personal style. Chinos or shorts should ideally be a muted neutral colour, but you can also wear a striped men's dress shirt and match the shirt colour with the bottoms. For instance, pairing your blue and white striped shirt with blue jeans is a nice way to tie a look together. At Country Road, we offer a range of different men’s stripe shirts in various colours and fabrics, perfect for your next event, office day and everything in between.