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The ultimate striped t-shirt
The striped sweater was originally a knitted sweater used by sailors as underwear. The basic garment did not have any stripes, it came without buttons or seams to avoid possible accidents with the ropes. The sailor was then introduced into the military field by the decree of 1858 which made it the official dress of the National Navy and required the wearing of the uniform on the sailor and quartermaster. The uniforms were created according to very specific characteristics: three-quarter sleeves, 21 white stripes and 20 or 21 indigo blue stripes.
This dress made sailors who fell in the water recognizable. The sailor shirt is often considered Breton because a large majority of sailors in the National Navy were Bretons, the English thus call the garment "Breton shirt".
The striped sweater also became an important element of fashion : in the 19th century, the first milliners reinterpreted the sailor collar wishing that the garment integrates the wardrobes of the bourgeoisie. It is then thanks to the notoriety of Coco Chanel that the striped sweater becomes a must-have.
However, Coco is not the only designer to have reinterpreted this garment ; a few decades later Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gauthier became ambassadors of the striped sweater all over the world.
A pretty striped sweater all year round
The striped sweater is now a classic that can be easily combined. Indeed, for a casual look, nothing better than jeans or a skirt, and for a chic look a sailor dress associated with heels and a few jewels.
Some brands like Tom Joule offer striped tops with original patterns such as colourful flowers for a touch of femininity.