For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved stripes. I don’t know what it is that always draws me to them, so today I’ve decided to explore my obsession.
Is it the slightly artsy beatnik flair of black and white stripes? Is it the slick pairing of stripes that matches everything without being too over the top? Is it the contrasting colors in parallel lines that are classic and never go out of style? Is it that it’s a print without really being a print? Is it looking like being in the French navy? I would have to say YES to all of the above!
Hello, my name is Julie Ann and I have a stripe addiction. For some of you it’s leopard, for others it's polka dots, but for me it’s stripes.
My introduction to wearing stripes started when I was about 18 with a single top. It was a navy blue and white striped boat neck with 3/4 length sleeves. I wore it with jeans, skirts, under T shirts, over tank tops, and with shorts. I loved it so much I bought it in three other color combinations.
Where did this fashion originate? Well, it comes from the French navy uniform. It made its first appearance just after the 1858 Act of France. Originally the uniform had 21 stripes for each of Napoleon’s victories, a “boatneck” collar, and was called the Breton.
The Breton became a mainstream clothing staple when Coco Chanel introduced it in her 1917 nautical clothing line. Thank you Coco!
Coco Chanel and her dog Rinko the Great Dane.
Stripes are found just about everywhere on young and old, famous and not so famous. Stripes are just so wearable. Here’s some stripey top eye candy for you…
Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn.
Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol.
Kurt Cobain and Madonna.
Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Sweeney Todd. (Black and white stripes reprise their roles in almost every Tim Burton film.)
The Von Drats from Toronto have even made stripes their uniform.
Don’t limit your stripe wearing to just tops! Now that I’m older, stripes in all forms are are part of my closet staples. Here are some options to help you build your stripey wardrobe…
This HellBunny Gabriela Dress is a great basic you can accessorize with any other color or just stick with your basic black and white.
Check out this Living Dead Souls crop sweater it is comfy and great for layering plus and if you don’t like black and white, it also comes in black and red or black and green. (Notice the shoes. Yes I have a problem.)
Or you can start your stripe collection small. These Leg Avenue pantyhose are a subtle take on stripes. http://shop.catslikeus.com/products/leg-avenue-nude-pantyhose-w-striped-heel
If you are following Cats Like Us on Pinterest, you may have noticed a lot of black and white striped celebrity pictures. I just can't help myself!
And finally the commercial my mom sang to be as a child. (The Jack-o-lantern at the end is the best!)
Your stripe addict,