Perpetually In: The Breton Stripe

I recently found myself trying to convince someone that stripes are not going to go out of style any time soon.

I mean, seriously? The breton stripe has been a fairly common pattern for over 150 years in the context of the navy and prisoners. But it has been fashionably popular for nearly 100 years (since Coco Chanel brought the style into her nautical collection in 1917).

Picasso was rocking striped shirts in the late 1800’s. James Dean. Audrey Hepburn. There are innumerable examples of the Breton stripe in our icon’s closets, no matter the decade. As well as our own closets. Mine is full of stripes. Tank top, t-shirts, socks, and sweaters.

Some variation of stripes is always in fashion…. be it vertical, animal print, or the forever popular horizontal.
Who among us could dispute it’s resilience in the fashion world?

If you are going to make the foolish comment that stripes “might be out next year”, you might as well doubt the staying power of the tuxedo or the little black dress.

Stripes are here to stay.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Here is a snapshot of my wardrobe, because¬†when I’m wearing stripes I just feel as though I can run really really fast.

 

 

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