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French Fashion What’s Up with Those Blue and White Stripes

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic:

Friday Fun Facts – La Marinière Did you know?

Those blue and white stripes found on the iconic French Sailor’s shirts known as “la Marinière” follow very strict laws. The French Sailor’s shirt composition MUST follow these exacting rules:

“The body is to contain precisely 21 white stripes (20mm), and 20 or 21 indigo blue stripes (10mm).  The three-quarter length sleeves must be composed of 15 white stripes (20mm) and 14 or 15 indigo blue stripes (10mm).”

…Continue reading here to find out why these shirts and sweaters that have long been considered a French fashion statement actually were “born” out of the realities of being a mariner. The Marinière was worn by enlisted sailors for practical reasons – cold, wet conditions. In more recent history, fashion industry greats Jean-Paul Gaultier and Sonia Rykiel have dabbled with the stripe fashion for their collections.

Via:: Girl Gone Gallic

      

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