There is just something about the ultra-chic sophistication that is the striped tee. This timeless, classic look is always an instant capsule collection hit—one of the reasons why I always include it in my collection!
I couldn’t resist sharing the story behind the striped tee with you—let’s journey back in time to when it first started making waves…
The history of the striped tee…harking back to the 19th century
I find the history of stripes as a fashion staple so interesting—especially considering that the striped tee can be traced back to the early 19th century, when it was first worn by French sailors. Back then, this is what we would have typically called the “Breton stripe”, named after the northern Brittany coast of France.
However, there was more to this style than just stripes. The vertical stripes were used to help distinguish individuals from a distance, making it easier for crew members to identify each other on deck. The colors and width of the stripes were also used to indicate rank and position on the ship.
Therefore, these designs were infused with meaning, which adds to the interesting heritage of stripes in fashion choices.
Stripes go modern thanks to a fashion icon…and beyond
While doing my research on striped tees in history, another famous fashionista entered my radar.
What I uncovered was that the striped tee as we know it today, was first popularized by Coco Chanel. This style icon, who needs almost no introduction, played a major role in making stripes a fashion essential. In 1917, she began selling sailor-inspired striped tops in her boutique, which were a hit with her customers. She was inspired by the stripes worn by the sailors she saw in the French coastal town of Deauville, where she had a boutique. Her use of stripes helped to put the nautical style front and center on the fashion scene of the time—and it became synonymous with her designs.
Chanel, though, wouldn’t be the only famous face to inspire striped tee fashion.
The 1950s and 1960s saw the rise of female beauties such as Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis, who contributed to the iconic status of the striped tee. Their influence popularized the preppy, coastal style of the shirt, cementing it as a staple in American fashion. To this day, the striped tee remains a popular choice.
Extra meaning gets infused into the striped tee
One thing that amazes me about the history of the striped tee, is how it could again carry a powerful message to new generations.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the striped tee was adopted by the counterculture and youth movements, becoming a symbol of rebellion and nonconformity. This association was further solidified in the 1980s and 1990s, when the striped tee was worn by punk rockers and other alternative subcultures. The striped tee was a symbol of freedom, rejecting the traditional and conservative values of their parents.
It is easy to see: the striped tee was the ultimate statement maker!
Fast forward to today, the striped tee continues to be a popular choice among fashion enthusiasts. It has evolved from a functional piece of clothing for navy seamen, to a versatile and stylish piece of clothing that can be worn by anyone, anywhere.
The history behind striped tees was such a joy for me, as a designer to explore—there is so much beauty and meaning in fashion when we open our eyes to it!
What makes Lacson Ravello striped tees the best?
As a striped tee enthusiast, Lacson Ravello pays homage to the rich history of the striped tee by using high-quality fabrics and paying attention to design details to create a modern and fresh look. We offer a wide range of styles to suit everyone's personal taste, ensuring that our striped tees are timeless, versatile and perfect for any occasion.
I think it's safe to say that stripes will always be a classic and that's why they're such a great choice for everyday wear. You can never go wrong with stripes and I think that's what makes them so appealing.
As part of our collection, we have a gorgeous top 3 lineup of striped tees.
Starting the line-up, there is Raya - a cool girl fashion staple with puffed shoulders and elbow-length sleeves. This tee is perfect for in-between-season wear - simply add a matching jacket for an extra bit of warmth!
Not to be outdone, the preppy Marinière tee adds style and sophistication to every look, providing a flattering silhouette to always make you look and feel your best.
Rounding up our top three is Arva - a comfy French terry striped sweatshirt that is pure Parisian chic that you can enjoy wearing from your home to the office.
Love striped tees? Check out our collection today!
Striped tees are classic fashion staples, and thanks to them being ultimate-style chameleons that you can dress up or down as you like, they are a must in your wardrobe.
So, check out our collection today—and be sure to send us a message if you would love to find out more.
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Sources: Vogue, CNTraveler
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