I'll be honest with myself here: I need another blue and white-striped collared shirt like I need a hole in my head. My closet is filled to the brim with them, from the breezy linen variety that J.Crew stocks every summer to the crisper cotton options that I iron and tuck in when I want to look like a Very Serious Professional Woman. (I also have a drawer overstuffed with striped T-shirts like the classic Comme des Garçons PLAY ones with the cute little heart patches embroidered on the chest, so it should be clear to you that I have a problem.) But because the style is so classic and versatile, there's really no shame in buying just one more, right?
My newest addition will surely be this brand new shirtdress from the T by Alexander Wang pre-fall collection, which the brand rolled out over Instagram this week. Unlike many similar pieces I already own, this is not your run-of-the-mill blue-and-white-striped collared shirt. It's long enough to wear as a dress (albeit one that will show a lot of leg) throughout the summer with slides or sneakers, and once fall rolls around, I can layer it over pants — like model Cara Taylor demonstrates so excellently above. Plus, the tie detail adds just the right amount of "high fashion" appeal without going overboard. The wildly dramatic shirting moment has reached its peak, and when it finally passes, this will still look classic — not dated.
While I'm happy to have found my "uniform" of sorts, let's all agree that — if I ever choose a blue and white-striped collared shirt for my editors' pick again — it may be time to stage an intervention.
T by Alexander Wang long sleeve front-tie dress, $375, available at Alexander Wang.
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