Stripes- a brief history

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Have you ever wondered how the stripes fashion appeared?

I only knew that it was the a marine uniform that was adapted to clothes in the modern fashion era. But why did the sailors wear the striped shirt?

Well, it turns out that the striped shirt was originally a naval sailor’s uniform, designed to help distinguish the sailors from the waves so you could find them more easily when they fell overboard!

The stripe garment was of course worn before that is some occasion, for example the clowns were wearing it and it’s believed that prisoner and prostitutes worn them too. Since the black and white stripes are so easily to be recognized in a crowd it must have been the reason why they were worn by people that needed to be spotted quickly.

How did the stripes welcomed the fashion industry? In 1846 Queen Victoria dressed her four-year-old son, Albert Edward in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht. Ever since then the public became entranced and adored any kid wearing stripes.

Eventually swimmers also adopted the style, wearing smart, navy blue and white striped bathing suits, in the standard these days neck-to-knee fashion

The striped Breton shirt as we know it today came into being shortly following the 27th March, 1858 Act of France which introduced the navy and white striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French navy seaman in Britannia .The shirt was originally known as marinière or matelot. The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories

Today the Breton stripes are a closet necessity and they can be worn as neutral color! Plus the navy and white stripes can update any look, no matter if it’s only a bag or a tee!

I am sure each and every one of you has a stripes navy “something” in the closet so if you get bored of the plain old stripes you can always try alternative with colors, scale of the stripe or position!

Today I am wearing a striped dress, perfect for the summer from Maria Dima! She has many lovely dresses and handmade bags so make sure to see her site!

Pics below!

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Maria Dima dress, H&M hat

Hope you enjoy the rest of summer on the beach! 😉

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