Being what I am, a fashion history junkie, I had to research its humble French beginnings. Now, let me provide you, dear readers, with a little context. The breton stripe tee originated in Brittany- a French province that occupies the peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay -which may explain its nautical affiliation. Like many cornerstones of women's wardrobe pieces, it started as a practical and pragmatic garment for men, protecting fishermen from the cold. The long-sleeved cotton garment usually has a boat neck and traditionally, the stripes begin around the breastbone. Guess what else I found out? Picasso was a fan, as were Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Andy Warhol. It was only a matter of time before designers appropriated the stripes, endlessly spinning them with their own twists, from Jean-Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel, to Marc Jacobs and Balmain, glittering with bold shoulders (F/W 09 collection). Very on trend n'est ce pas?
I love it how these nautical stripes manage to be preppy yet casual, chicly feminine yet boyish, and wonderfully French.
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