Even though it’s currently at the peak of its sartorial powers, I don’t consider stripes a trend because ever since I was a little girl, I’ve sported them…especially a Breton (nautical) striped top. It’s a classic go-to that is hanging in my closet (I’m sure yours too), almost as prevalent as denim. Let’s take a look at the history behind this staple piece…

The jumper first came about in 1858 when it was enshrined in French law as the uniform of French sailors with the original design featuring twenty-one stripes – each stripe representing the victories of Napoleon – and was originally called a marinière. Fisherman in the Breton region of France, subsequently adopted the top, and the name has been attached ever since.

This oldie-but-goodie has been seen everywhere — from runway shows, perfume bottles (Jean Paul Gaultier’s men’s perfume bottle, Le Male), sartorial stars, atop of yachts, etc — it’s a piece that looks good on everyone, in every setting.

In case you were wondering how to wear yours, or are simply looking for some refreshing takes on an old look, here is some style inspo: kate-moss-fur-coat-stripes-style-icon-legend-fashion-over-reason Olivia+Palermo+Jeans+Skinny+Jeans+dxgsfgFHWWgl paris-aw14-15-striped-jacket3

Although I’m not wearing a Breton striped tee in this photo, at least it’s striped.

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Striped long sleeve tee by R13
Grey denim by Blk Dnm
Leopard shoes from Prada
Rockstud bag by Valentino