Every Closet Needs a Classic Striped Sailor’s Shirt

This essential may never go out of style.

Photograph: Courtesy of J. Crew

Carried off with aplomb by everyone from Pablo Picasso to Jackie O, the classic striped Breton sailor’s shirt never goes out of style—and it looks to be especially popular this season. 

While dozens of different versions are available, from a boxy $30 number at L.L. Bean to a slim-cut $90 model from Petit Bateau, my favorite right now is this St. James for J. Crew tee. It’s the product of a collab between J. Crew and French company St. James, which has been making the originals for generations. 

The 100-percent cotton knit is neither too light nor too heavy, the cut neither too slim nor too loose. And the three-quarter-length sleeve is très French. While it comes in four colorways, get the ivory/navy (pictured): It goes with literally everything.

 at J. Crew, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-751-2739



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