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One Piece, Three Ways: The Striped Shirt

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Smart dressing is all about working with and elevating your wardrobe basics. If you know how to style the essentials — a plain white shirt, a simple tee, a denim skater skirt — you’ve got nothing to worry about. Whether it’s a sudden heads-up for a party in the neighbourhood or a first date, you won’t have to struggle to find something to wear. Because you’re the star who can effortlessly team up a basic piece with something interesting .

The one key piece that every wardrobe has is a striped shirt. And if anyone tells you it’s a boring staple, just smile sweetly and never EVER go to them for fashion advice. If Deepika Padukone can put her striped shirt to work with a sequinned skirt and kill it, so can you. And trust me when I say this: DP’s glitzy take is just one of the many funky ways to style a striped button-down. You can wear an oversized version with cropped denims or tie it up for a flattering look with a graphic mini skirt.

Keep scrolling to see three fun ways to style a striped shirt. Let us know how you like these looks, and if you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below or just write to us at

The Zara shirt I’ve used for this edit is a wide-cut striped one with a front pocket.


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1. Use It As A Layering Piece

Layering is not just a fall-appropriate thing. Street style stars are always doing interesting summer layers, and I’m very inclined to the idea of layering with a lightweight garment — a gilet over a dress, or a cropped bomber over a tee and denim ensemble. For this look, I’ve used the striped shirt as a layering piece. Pair a shimmering V-neck tee with a pink flute-hem skirt and layer it with this striped shirt. If you’re a sneakerhead like me, pair it with cool kicks. If not, you can add a neutral pair of block-heeled sandals. Accessorise with a sling bag and some gold jewellery.

H&M Top (Rs 1,299)
Mango Fluted Hem Skirt (Rs 1,490)
Zara Striped Shirt (Rs 1,290)
Vaph Classic Sneakers (Rs 4,300)
Forever New Sling Bag (Rs 2,195)
Joker & Witch Gold Midi Rings (Rs 399)
Lune Chain Tassel Necklace (Rs 1,250)

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2. Work The Back-To-School Look

If school girl chic is your sartorial sensibility, then this look is perfect. I’ve teamed this striped shirt with a suede pinafore dress in tan. To complete the look, I’ve paired it with Birkenstock style metallic slides and a cool drum bag in slate grey for some complementary colour play.

Zara Striped Shirt (Rs 1,290)
Stalk Buy Love Suede Dungarees (Rs 949)
My Foot Couture Metallic Slides (Rs 1,299)
The Little Things Drum Sling Bag (Rs 799)


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3. Add Unexpected Drama To Your Work Look

To amp up your 9-to-5 style, I’ve paired the shirt with beige cropped trousers. Just to funk it up a little, I’ve added a lovely collar pin for a nerdy touch! I’ve completed this look with a pair of leather mocassins, and while I’ve used a small bag (because hey, you can also wear this to places other than work), you can definitely swap it for your everyday work bag. Not to forget the accessories, I’ve added a couple of gold bracelets to the mix.

Zara Striped Shirt (Rs 1,290)
Eristona Link Chain Brooch (Rs 550)
Mango Soft Fabric Trousers (Rs 2,290)
Gusto Leather Sling Bag (Rs 1,500)
Zebba Leather Moccasins (Rs 950)
Pipa + Bella Shark Tooth Wrap Armlet (Rs 699)
Eristona Cuff Bracelet (Rs 600)


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