03/27/2015 11:08 am ET | Updated Mar 28, 2015

5 Reasons The Striped Shirt Is The Unsung Hero Of Our Closets

Let's take a moment to praise the striped shirt. The classic design is one of the hardest working pieces in our wardrobe, but it rarely gets the recognition doled out to the LBD (little black dress) or jeans.

You can never have too many striped shirts -- they can easily be dressed up or down. It's that amazing versatility and simple linear pattern that have made the "Breton" stripe a style mainstay.

So, let's give credit where credit's due and celebrate this unsung hero of your closet. Check out the shopable looks below for five awesome reasons why stripe shirts are the greatest.

Because a striped tee is one of the only ways to make overalls look chic.

Because leather still looks badass when teamed with high contrast stripes.

Because you should consider stripes a neutral since you can wear them with any color.

Because you're almost guaranteed to look like a chic Parisian when you wear stripes.

Because stripes are the easiest way to power clash like a pro.

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