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Earn Your Stripes This Summer

May 2016Words by Mr Tom M Ford

Summer dressing and light, striped shirts are often synonymous. Perhaps this is because of the mighty Breton shirt – originally used by sailors from Brittany to distinguish them from the waves out at sea. Those distinctive yet cool, horizontal lines were then popularised by the likes of Mr James Dean and Ms Audrey Hepburn, who always seemed to wear them in the sun, and looked great while doing so.

There are of course other forms of the striped summer shirt. But, like the Breton, they too seem to suggest holidays or sun – especially in white and blue. Some might suggest a nautical influence, others the apron of an ice cream vendor, or even one of those Victorian deck chairs you see at old-timey tourist resorts.

Below are three examples of the striped shirt we’ve got our eye on at the moment. Whatever they remind you of, they should be more than enough to get you in the mood for a summer holiday. Or, failing that, a big smile