Fashion has a strange way of repeating itself, the better the style the more often we see it and why should 2010 be any different? Nautical Stripes (also known as Breton stripes) have been no stranger to the Spring/ Summers of the past and present. From the runways of Europe to luxurious vacation hideaways, stripes are showing up everywhere. This classic pattern is being paired with anything from sundresses to peep toe pumps to bedding, yet it seems that the origin of this popular look seems to have become forgotten.The popularity of Nautical style came about almost two centuries ago in France, when the Prince of Wales (Albert Edwards) donned the stripes along with a sailor collar in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s1847 oil painting. The look, which was inspired by the uniform of the sailors on the Royal yacht, made its way to the Royal Navy in 1857. Parents gushed at the classic style and similar designs were emerging on children all over . Not to be out done by the kids, Mens fashion picked up on the trend and in the 1930′s stripes became the inspirations of designers: Marc Jacobs, Clemente Ribeiro and Jean Paul Gaultier. The French stripes were combined with a modernized style to create something classic yet contemporary. Women’s fashion however, wasn’t introduced to the stripes until French Fashion pioneer, Coco Chanel.
Chanel, was motivated by the stripes “graphic sensibility” and their minimal take. It wasn’t until the famous photo of Chanel at a French resort wearing a striped sailor top and khakis, that started the Nautical fashion craze. Since then, stripes have caught on like wild fire and soon numerous designers were paying tribute to Chanel with their own variations. Spring 2010 is no different, with stripes growing in popularity, it seems Nautical Stripes are here to stay.