The Perfect Striped Shirt of the Summer Is Here

The quest to find the perfect striped shirt is not easy. We all know that the fit and quality are everything, which makes it consequently harder to find. So Nikki Kule, founder and creative director of Kule, set out to do just that — design the perfect striped shirt.

The company was born under a “preppy luxe” ethos, offering her signature striped shirts in three styles: “The Modern,” “The Boyfriend,” and “The Classic.” Each shirt varies slightly in cut, size, and style. Since then, Kule has expanded her business to offer striped sweaters, oxford shirts, and even a few solid-colored shirts, alongside a tightly edited men’s section.

Part of Kule’s success lies in her simple business idea, but it also helps that she has a celebrity fan base in Goop founder and actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Netflix’s Love star Gillian Jacobs, and fashion influencer Olivia Palermo, who have all worn the Kule line.

Nikki Kule earned her “stripes” at the Parsons School of Design in New York and at Parsons Paris. Her first foray into fashion design, interestingly, was in children’s wear, working with star clients such as Cindy Crawford, Reese Witherspoon, Paltrow, and Stella McCartney. This was long before the children’s-wear market became saturated with D2C brands like Rockets of Awesome and boy+girl.

The designer went on to create a boys’ and girls’ collection for Brooks Brothers in 2009, and it wasn’t until two years later that she decided to step away from children’s wear and focus on creating the stripe-focused, adult apparel line she has today.

Ahead, shop Kule’s striped-shirt creations, which start at $88, on kule.com plus a few cheaper versions — just in time for the Fourth of July.

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The Modern Long in Navy/Cream, $98, kule.com

<p>The fashion influencer wears Kule. (Photo: Olivia Palermo/Instagram) </p>
Olivia Palermo

The fashion influencer wears Kule. (Photo: Olivia Palermo/Instagram)

<p><span>The Modern Long in Navy/Cream, $98, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/modern-long/products/the-modern-long-navy-cream" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a></span> </p>
Kule

The Modern Long in Navy/Cream, $98, kule.com

<p>The actress wears Kule on March 7 in New York. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Gillian Jacobs

The actress wears Kule on March 7 in New York. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>The Modern Long in Cream/Royal Blue/Red, $98, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/stripes/products/the-modern-long-cream-royal-blue-red" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com </a> </p>
Kule

The Modern Long in Cream/Royal Blue/Red, $98, kule.com

<p>The Modern in Cream/Red, $88, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/modern/products/the-modern-cream-red" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Modern in Cream/Red, $88, kule.com

<p>The Boyfriend in Cream/White, $128, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/boyfriend/products/the-boyfriend-cream-white" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Boyfriend in Cream/White, $128, kule.com

<p>The Modern in Cream/Royal Blue, $88, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/modern/products/the-modern-cream-royalblue" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Modern in Cream/Royal Blue, $88, kule.com

<p>The Classic in Cream/Royal Blue, $118, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/classic/products/the-classic-cream-with-royal-blue" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Classic in Cream/Royal Blue, $118, kule.com

<p>The Modern in White/Green, $88, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/modern/products/the-modern-white-green" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Modern in White/Green, $88, kule.com

<p>The Hutton Oversize Shirt in White/Navy, $238, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/shirts/products/the-hutton" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Hutton Oversize Shirt in White/Navy, $238, kule.com

<p>The Hutton Oversize Shirt in White/Sky, $238, <a href="https://www.kule.com/collections/shirts/products/the-hutton-white-sky" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:kule.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">kule.com</a> </p>
Kule

The Hutton Oversize Shirt in White/Sky, $238, kule.com

<p>Apel T-Shirt, $25,<a href="http://us.aritzia.com/product/apel-t-shirt/58524.html?dwvar_58524_color=11447" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aritzia.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> aritzia.com</a> </p>
Golden by Tna

Apel T-Shirt, $25, aritzia.com

<p>Piper Linguini Stripe Tee, $32, <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/madewell-piper-linguini-stripe-tee/4641772?cm_mmc=overture-_-polyvore_cpc-_-Women%3ATops%3AT-shirt_Tee-_-5380620&polyvore_device=desktop&polyvore_group=T-shirt%2FTee&rkg_id=h-cd68ae945012af739fd475391cadd3c2_t-1498493089" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nordstrom.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">nordstrom.com</a> </p>
Madewell

Piper Linguini Stripe Tee, $32, nordstrom.com

<p>Striped T-Shirt, $20, <a href="http://shop.mango.com/US/p0/women/clothing/t-shirts-and-tops/short-sleeve/striped-t-shirt?id=83013589_56&n=1&s=search" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:mango.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">mango.com</a> </p>
Mango

Striped T-Shirt, $20, mango.com

<p>Stripe Lettuce Frill T-Shirt, $22, <a href="http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/stripe-lettuce-frill-t-shirt-6707668?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=striped%20t%20shirt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:topshop.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">topshop.com</a> </p>
Topshop

Stripe Lettuce Frill T-Shirt, $22, topshop.com

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