Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Breton Striped Shirt!

"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.


  1. I always meant to share that fun fact about the 21 stripes, it's included in one of the fabulous posts written in my head. ;) Didn't realize today was the birthday, should have worn one in its honor. Still searching for the "perfect" stripe knit top that fits just so and has the right look and has 21 stripes. Possible?

    Thanks for the post!

  2. Hilarious! I'm sure you could find plenty of other things to wear Whitney. I actually knew that about the Breton shirt. You could buy them as souvenirs in Brittany, where we visited last summer. I've had a lot of striped tees but never a Breton.