I often hear people say they can’t wear prints, as if they’re allergic – but I beg to differ, especially when that print happens to be stripes. Perfectly graphic and repetitive, it’s a design that kids, women, and old men can wear proudly! Nothing like a little versatility and a design thats happy in its universal appeal.
Stripes, as you may have guessed, are our topic of trend today. Sported in many different ways by Nianga, a dutch DJ whose mix we danced to while shooting this story. She’s generally just a vivacious woman!
So frequently we wear things without realizing the historical relevance associated. For instance, did you know in the 1300’s, striped clothes were considered demeaning, pejorative and were worn by social outcasts? The seemingly traditional stripe wasn’t as classic as you thought! Or that the original Breton top that’s synonymous with, well, the French, originated in the coastal region of Brittany and became the uniform for sailors: a striped woven top with 21 horizontal stripes (one for each of Napolean’s victories) and boat neckline for quick dressing. This marinière was born out of functionality, but ultimately ended up becoming part of a sort of countercultural attitude – associated with everyone from Coco Chanel to mid-century hipsters to the master of stripes, Jean-Paul Gaultier.
That simple, nautical inspired blue & white stripe knit top may be a wardrobe staple today, but it is succeeded by so many variations. Primary colored, subtly woven into a sweater, dispersed and free like erased lines on a sheet of rule paper, or created texturally – stripes are for every occasion…