Back in the early ’00s, striped casual button-downs had a weird, regrettable moment. You know the ones we’re talking about: they were blouse-y and corny and doused in horrid colours, and yet for awhile there they were the only thing men ever wore out. They were so damn ubiquitous, Louis CK even has a bit about it.
Well, it’s 2016 now. We’ve all had a few years to reflect on and move past our sartorial sins of the past. And it’s high time we reclaimed the striped shirt. We can rehabilitate it, reform it, make it whole again. For proof, feast your eyes on this dapper number from New York haberdashery Epaulet.
By rotating the stripes 90 degrees, stretching ’em into wider blocks and keeping the tones muted, they’ve sidestepped the possibility of provoking any PTSD-like reactions from former striped shirt devotees. Add in a sharply tailored silhouette and a lightweight chambray fabric, and you’ve got yourself an absolute winner for backyard barbecues, patio beers, outdoor concerts and whatever else the summer brings your way.