The Suited Explorer

April is the month of exploration and fresh beginnings, and what better way to celebrate this month than by styling your looks with the classic black and white stripe. The striped shirt, or the Breton shirt, was originally a naval sailor’s uniform designed to help distinguish the sailors from the waves.  In 1917, Coco Chanel introduced a ladies black-and-white striped version of the top and the pattern was so contagious that by 1930 it gained status in haute culture. By the 1960's, the marinière, which was originally popular with the French, was signature in the most stylish of women's closets. As the trend evolved, stripes became prominent on more women's pieces. Celebrities such as Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn paraded onto the fashion scene in striped skirts, striped dresses and striped hats. Today, it continues to be a staple in every fashionable woman's wardrobe.

So before we venture wildly into Spring 2015, we salute the Breton shirt and the past explorers who introduced this classic look into our ever changing lives and closets.


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