Today the striped pattern is very common in men’s fashion, but her success with men is not new, its history begins in the early NINETEENTH century, the French navy (of course!) and goes through ups and downs to get to the success of the current.
The History of the Classic Blouse Breton
The first takes of these meshes was created in Britain with a plot as well united of wool to protect the sailors from the cold wind, the rain and the splashing of the sea. The play gave the result and went on to appear in the clothing, naval as a second skin under the uniform, in 1858 a decree of the French Navy, would make shirts and t-shirts of this type as part of the uniform of official way.
It is interesting to note that the breton, so named because of their place of origin, had a specific number of stripes when produced by the traditional designer brand Saint James: were 21 white stripes of 20 mm in width and twenty-one faixas blue 10 mm wide in the back,15 white stripes and 14-or 15-blue stripes on the sleeve (the legend claims that the number of stripes should represent each of the victories of Napoleon over the british). Another remarkable feature of this type of clothing is the collar canoe, slightly more open than the collar bald of t-shirts common, and that facilitated the sailor dress or desvestir the mesh quickly.
Today the piece can be found with various adaptations such as short sleeves and crew neck bald, but is still called breton in a way more generic.
Saint James and the Breton
Saint James, in fact, deserves an article to the part, since 1850 it is based in the homonymous city and continues producing clothes with a nautical feel, even today. The fact of the breton has been used by the sailors contributed a lot to their success, but the iconic pieces from the Saint James also has a great responsibility in this.
Of Ships To the Streets
The young sailors who fought in the first world war brought to the daily life, the custom of using the blouse breton. When they arrived in the roaring 20s, which later culminated in the great depression, but also brought in the jazz, and a literary movement rich of which were part Hernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the breton had already become common.
The final kick to play the piece in the fashion of the time was given when Coco Chanel appeared wearing a blouse breton in a photo that ran the world and still is today very well known.
The Mesh Breton in the Decade of the 60’s and 70’s
At the beginning of the decade of 60, the rebels of the generation beatnik adopted the item almost like a uniform and it didn’t take long for that actors like James Dean and Robert Redford were viewed and photographed using a mesh breton. Later, in the 70s, the punk of the Ramones showed that the horizontal stripes had not yet lost his breath.
Losing Ground in the years 80 and 90
The 80’s and 90’s were marked by t-shirts with large drawings and designs, patterns like stripes nautical were pushed into niches, such as the clothes used by wealthy people to sail, making the visual before you a rebellious and stylish into something pejorative.
The Mesh Breton in the Menswear Current
Fortunately, the years 2.000 decided to redeem much of that was success in the years 50 and 60, plaid and striped were new in the wardrobe of the man now more open to combinations daring and experimentation, while at the same time an admiration for the retro look has made the male audience to look at s classic pieces with affection and reverence.
In recent years we have witnessed a veritable fever of striped clothes – something that was already commented out in the Channel the Male earlier – and it is interesting to note that all of this came with a wool knit to protect sailors French there are two more centuries!