The classic navy blue and white striped tees that we know today originate from the French coastal region of Brittany. The 1958 Act of France saw navy seamen in the area given a striped woven top bearing 21 horizontal stripes (one for each of Napoleon’s victories) as a uniform, known as a matelot or marinière. The garment was born out of functionality: the boat neckline allowed sailors to dress quickly and to spot an overboard shipmate (and firmly blew any prison-like connotations out of the water).

The official Breton top, manufactured locally in wool and in cotton, was eventually adopted by many sailors across the region of northern France, and it was upon a visit to the coast that fashion designer Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel came across it. The seamen’s attire inspired her to create a nautical-themed collection in 1917, which was stocked in her boutique in the wealthy holiday resort of Deauville in Normandy. Chanel favoured masculine silhouettes to empower her female clientele, and was pictured sporting one of her lose-fitting Breton tops tucked into a pair of wide-leg trousers. High society soon cottoned on and members of the upper class adopted these stripy tops under blazers.


Half a century after Coco Chanel put nautical stripes at the forefront of fashion, a handful of emerging designers added their own spin to the distinctive pattern. Italian fashion house Missoni is best known for its bold knitted pieces, with stripes and chevron patterns as its signature. This is owed to limitations imposed by the machinery that the company used, as late founder Ottavio Missoni revealed: ‘with the first machines we could only make solid or stripe knitwear’. But this did the brand no harm: its striped dresses were a sell-out success and the family business caught the eye of American Vogue editor Diana Vreeland in the 1970s. Meanwhile French designer Sonia Rykiel has been stripes down the catwalk since the 1960s and items adorned with boldly coloured stripes alternated with black continue to dominate the brand’s year-round collections.

Paul Smith and Jean Paul Gaultier are good examples of how stripes have seeped into a brand’s visual identity.

Today, stripes have earned their place as something far more solid than a wardrobe ‘must-have’: they are considered to be a foundation piece defying trends, age brackets and sexes. Breton tops in all their guises can be cheap and cheerful, or on the opposite end of the scale, investment-worthy and collectable. The French connotations are fading (unless paired with a neck scarf) and what remains is one of the most enduring and accessible patterns around.

I tried to find most popular outfits and show how important place earned striped print in our wardrobe and  show how unique thing is this basic print in fashion and the mixes with it.

Do you know how does match caramel, red, black,white and other classical colors with striped print? look below and you will see the unique and basic combinations.



You can mix red, deep marsala, different tones of green, bright yellow with striped clothes.


It is basic and also unique flowered print with striped print. More brighter is flowered print, the best  mix it will make with striped clothes.


It is basic also leopard and striped prints combination.


Any checkered print with striped print. we got used to wear striped T-shirt and different clothes bellow as a trousers or skirt, but we can move  T- shirt and wear striped print as a trousers or skirt and combine with another print above.



Denim matches to every kind of prints,  even most difficult print so striped print is not exception, so white, black, grey, classical blue or light blue jeans with striped print is unique and basic part of world fashion wardrobe.


Striped T- shirt with blue or black suits and caramel accessories is considered as classical outfits already for a long time. The white jeans, suits, skirt , shirt and e. c.  with striped print are classical as well.

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We can bravely wear bright accessories with striped, but caramel and black classical sunglasses with gold metal bracelets with this print would be unique in my opinion.

Nude and khaki colors with striped print are as attractive as others, so combine, pink, and beige with striped print.


If you are more brave you can combine two time of stripes together. While I have been creating this post I realized that I am ready to wear this risky mix. I will show photo of mine in two different striped clothes, I promise.

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