"The striped Breton shirt as we know it today came into being shortly following the 27th March, 1858 Act of France, which introduced the navy and white striped knitted shirt as the uniform for all French navy seaman in Brittany. The shirt was originally known as marinière or matelot. The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon's victories." ~ Wikifashion
Ah, striped shirt. I wear mine so often that I wonder what I would wear instead if it hadn't been invented!*** Thanks, France!
***Ok, not really. I have a crap-ton of clothes, I'm sure I'd find something.