|French toy sailor...Sino war uniform,|
|Coco Chanel's vintage nautical theme|
Sailor suits, with the traditional large piped collar, had been popular in the Edwardian era, especially for children -but not stripes.
Chanel took her inspiration from the French marinière - low ranked, deck-swabbing sailors who traditionally wore a long sleeved, blue and white striped boat neck top.
When it shifted from the deck to the catwalk, it's a look that became eternally chic. Whether it appears in tops, skirts, tees, leggings or something else, the French stripe is casually classy.
The full-blown classic French mariners look is a blue and white striped T- shirt, matched with a navy beret, navy skirt or pants and occasionally...a red scarf tied around the neck, if you want to be obvious.
|Jean Seberg in classic French chic|
|H.E. Homino Emerito striped T|
|French Connection Toulouse Striped T|