Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fun Fact Friday: Breton Stripe

* Somehow this did not get posted Friday...

I have a sickness of sorts.
It is of stripes. 
One of my favorite books that I read to the girls when they were little was "A Bad Case of Stripes", purely for the name. (And the fact that the main character loved lima beans, one of my personal favorites as well.) I recently went to The Gap and bought myself TWO striped shirts. 

My favorite stripe, if you will, is the navy and white or cream Breton Stripe.
Which leads me to Friday Fact #2.

The Breton Stripe.

Introduced in the mid-1800's as the uniform of the French navy, it was copied and put into civilian fashion by the likes of Saint James and Coco Chanel. The Breton Stripe shirt was the anti-establishment cool shirt to wear during the 1950's and 1960's, with Pablo Picasso and James Dean sporting them. Now, it is the epitome of sloppy cool, a Breton shirt and a pair of khakis being the epitome of classic style.

I have finally given into the fact that I am a "uniform" kind of girl and one of my classic pieces is indeed a Breton shirt.  Bad case of stripes? 
That's me!

Oh...I wish I was this glamorous! -via

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