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Ask BB: How to Wear A Nautical Striped Tee

I love this nautical top in the navy stripe from Old Navy, it's super simple and very affordable:

Old Navy at ShopStyle

What are some cute outfits I can make with this top? Preferably both a casual one and then one I could wear to work, so business casual. —Lisa

Great find! A classic striped top is a wardrobe essential that can be worn so many ways. Here are a few looks to inspire you for day, night and work:

From left: Lauren Conrad, Stockholm Streetstyle, Olivia Palermo

Left: Pair your striped tee with skinny jeans and great accessories for a casual daytime look. For summer, try platform sandals and a crossbody bag. For winter, go for tall leather boots and a chunky scarf.

Middle: For an edgy going-out look, pair your striped top with black pants (leather for maximum impact), a cool jacket or blazer and your fiercest heels.

Right: Combine your striped tee with a tailored skirt, trench and pumps for a business-casual look. A structured satchel and bold necklace are perfect accessories.

Need more ideas? Click here to see additional celebrity outfits featuring striped tops. Happy styling! —BB

Thank you so much for the great suggestions for my top! I can't wait to try it with a skirt and heels this summer!
Here is how I am wearing it right now in the winter.
#1 Lisa (Homepage) on 2011-02-06 09:49 (Reply)
Love the inspirational photos here! LC (does she still use that nickname?) and Olivia Palermo are 2 of my most favorite style mavens.
#2 Katie (Homepage) on 2011-02-06 11:30 (Reply)
Love all of these looks but especially the work look.
#3 saretta (Homepage) on 2011-02-06 13:35 (Reply)
Love all these looks. The Olivia Palermo look was what first started my obsession with stripes. It was all over from there. Striped t + statement necklace = best thing ever in my opinion... xo
#4 grace - stripes and sequins (Homepage) on 2011-02-06 13:57 (Reply)
I just love nautical stripes! Great styling advice. Love the middle look.
#5 Orphaned Apparel (Homepage) on 2011-02-06 14:03 (Reply)
Yes, yes, yes! A classic striped top is an absolute must have for every woman's wardrobe. I love all three looks you've chosen here, but my fave would have to be Olivia...swooning! Lol
#6 The Fashionista Next Door (Homepage) on 2011-02-07 10:07 (Reply)
Lisa - thanks for asking the question! I have a striped top I love, but am looking for more ways to wear it!
#7 danielle on 2011-02-07 11:53 (Reply)
Adorable! I have a similar top that I like to wear with a lightweight, white circle scarf. But I love Lauren Conrad's look there!
#8 Lucy (Homepage) on 2011-02-07 11:59 (Reply)
LOVE the options you provided for the striped tee... elevates something so basic into perfection.
#9 Alyson (Homepage) on 2011-02-07 22:53 (Reply)
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