With a rich history beginning in Brittany, the French striped top has made its way through the leading fashion houses of Paris, and to wardrobes all around the world. Marinières were first made by independent tailors, but eventually were made in navy workshops. Marinières became a large product in France, manufactured by companies such as Saint James, Armor Lux, and Orcival. Even today, the original combed cotton sweaters are made to the same strict specifications by the aforementioned specialty companies.
Although it originated in the Navy, la marinière has been an important civilian fashion item ever since. Coco Chanel brought Breton stripes into the realm of womens clothing in the early twentieth century. On seaside holidays during World War I Coco Chanel found inspiration in the local sailors uniforms. The fame of Coco Chanel’s marinières became widespread and they were sought after luxury items. La marinière was now a unisex clothing item. Today it remains popular because of its timeless style. It’s a classic fashion piece, easy wearing and appeals to all ages, so you just can’t go wrong with it.
The style I am presenting today is classic and effortless. I love the fact that the striped top goes so well with elegant pants, a midi skirt, a suit, or a nice pair of jeans as in this case. The color is deep blue, they are elegant and with a super nice, loose fit; the cotton top is a bit tight, so it would be a nice, intelligent choice even with a suit or a leather jacket (by the way leather is coming back this fall). When I want to add something parisienne, I add a touch of red lipstick and a hat, so the outfit is really perfect.
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