That said, stripes are an easy pattern to incorporate into your office wear. What's more patriotic than a blue and white striped oxford? Not much. I love mine to death (and can't imagine for the life of me why I didn't include it in my 30).
I like stripes because they are simple without being boring. Florals say girly. Polka dots say cute. While these are all great things (and I certainly am pretty girly and sometimes cute), they may not be the message you want to send in the workplace. Stripes are a neutral.
Here are some of my picks for stripes in the office:
Clockwise from top left: Dooney & Burke, Forever 21, Gap, Jessica Simpson, Bob's Your Uncle, Ralph Lauren
Okay, so maybe I'm a bit biased toward having a white in your stripe (it's one of my favorite colors and makes everything look so crisp). That Gap dress would need a cute blazer over the top, but the length is about right and the fabric is great for summer. I could see that Forever 21 sweater tucked into a pencil skirt or left out over some narrow cropped trousers.
Are you a florals, dot, print, or stripes gal? Does your workwear reflect that?