Wearing stripes has never been more risk-free, as House of Fraser Menswear Buyer Lydia-apricot Tighe explains: “Shopping outside the comfort of navy, black and grey plain garments may seem like a risk. Bold patterns can feel over the top, but stripes serve the perfect balance between playing it safe while still standing out from the masses.” We've picked 10 of the best striped menswear items to get you started.


1. Barcode

Howick Holbeach Textured Stripe Jumper


These stripes give an update to the classic nautical jumper. Off-set the jazziness with bright outerwear.


Howick Holbeach Textured Stripe Jumper £35


2. Breton

Original Penguin Breton Stripe T-Shirt


Deriving from Brittany, the Breton has become a design classic since its origins as the uniform of sailors. Team this one with denim for easy weekend wear.


Original Penguin Breton Stripe T-Shirt £35


3. Pinstripe

Linea Sheraton Stretch Slim Fit Pin Stripe Shirt £35


No longer the preserve of just bankers, pinstripes have had a revamp. Think beyond the standard colours and go for a darker background hue.


Linea Sheraton Stretch Slim Fit Pinstripe Shirt £35


4. Vertical

PS By Paul Smith Front Stripe Jumper


These were key for SS18, from Balmain to Kenzo, and the age-old rule that vertical stripes elongate still applies.


PS By Paul Smith Front Stripe Jumper £150


5. Block

Lyle & Scott Wide Stripe Sweatshirt


Big, standout stripes have an inherently youthful appeal, bringing back bittersweet memories of school rugby shirts. Channel that nostalgia with a retro, sunny sweatshirt.


Lyle & Scott Wide Stripe Sweatshirt £65


6. Butcher

Polo Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Butcher Stripe Shirt


Originating from the blue and white stripes of a butcher's apron, this humble stripe is now a staple for every profession.


Polo Ralph Lauren Slim Fit Butcher Stripe Shirt £95


7. Almost-there

Tommy Hilfiger Heather Block Stripe Sweater


Subtle stripes add interest to plain garments. Crying out for something different in your wardrobe but don’t want to go overboard? A barely-there stripe is the answer.


Tommy Hilfiger Heather Block Stripe Sweater £110


8. Fine

Lacoste Regular Fit Striped Cotton Piqué Polo


An off-duty essential, a striped polo channels both preppy vibes and, when buttoned right to the top, the kind of geek chic that’s right on trend this summer.


Lacoste Regular Fit Striped Cotton Piqué Polo £85


9. Graphic

Criminal Plato Ombre Striped T-Shirt


The quintessential striped tee turns from safe to statement when combined with bold graphics. For an urban look, make it your outfit base.


Criminal Plato Ombre Striped T-Shirt £20


10. Bengal

Smyth & Gibson Slim Fit Bengal Stripe Non Iron Shirt


With an equal width of around a 1/4”, these sit in the middle of the stripes spectrum. Originating in Bangladesh, the design became popular in Britain during the Regency period and is now timeless.


Smyth & Gibson Slim Fit Bengal Stripe Non Iron Shirt £80