coastal decor and crafts

10/2/10

Homage to the French Breton Striped Sailor Shirt

French Breton Striped Sailor Shirts worn by Coco Chanel and other celebrities
First worn by French sailors, the Breton style blue-and-white striped sailor shirt was introduced to the fashion world in 1917 by Coco Chanel and has been in style ever since -I've always had one in my wardrobe!

The look is linked to Brittany and the Atlantic coast in the western part of France, to idyllic summer vacations by the sea, and has become very trendy here in the United States since the release of the movie Coco Before Chanel (2009), starring Audrey Tautou wearing the French sailor shirt not only in the film, but also on the film poster.

Photos:
Audrey Tautou in Before Chanel, Coco Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Brigitte Bardot, Breton Sailor Shirt, Marcia Cross, French Sailors 1900, Pablo Picasso, Jackie Onassis.

Happy Weekend!

Shared with Mosaic Monday

27 comments:

Everything Coastal said...

cute cute cute! Wish I could wear stripes

Beach House Living said...

It's a classic. I look forward to wearing each spring and all through summer.

vicki said...

Oh I love this shirt - I even have one that I love to wear when at the beach! Thanks for making me feel that I actually DO have some fashion sense!! (sometimes I wonder!)

Vicki

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this type of shirt! I was in a J. Crew the other day and walked straight over to one similar to these! I consider 'over $100' out of my price range but it caught my eye! Love your photos! ♥

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

oooooo I want I want!
Mr. Whimsy and I are going to spend a week in Folly Beach, SC this December. I should definitely make sure I have one of these tops!

Ava DeVitis said...

Thanks so much for the collage! Lovely. I can't remember who, probably Heidi, but someone was wearing this shirt on Project Runway this year and I remember thinking, what a classic look. Also, thanks for reminding me to watch Coco Before Chanel again. It was a beautiful film.

Fearless Nester said...

Such a classic look. Enjoyed that mosaic Maya! ~Lili

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. We went to Newport, but it was a Saturday with a boat show . . had no idea that it would be sooo busy. We drove around for an hour and every parking lot and spot was full. We parked at the Breakers and walked around and then headed to Sandwich and Yarmouthport, which we loved!
Thanks for the history of the striped sailor shirt, and I'll definitely check out the glass floats 101; as we inherited 3 from my husband's dad's estate.
~ Julie

bichonpawz said...

Lovely tribute to the stripes!! Hope all's well with you!!

Sharon said...

I saw the film, that woman was a genius. And yeah, I now possess at least a few striped shirts:)

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Love these...have been owned by a couple in my life!

simpledaisy said...

Love the stripes:):)

Low Tide High Style said...

I used to have one of these french inspired shirts many years ago when I still sailed regularly. We watched Coco Before Chanel over the summer, and loved it!

Kat :)

theLENNOXX said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE the striped shirt! I've always adored Brigitte Bardot, and especially the pic you included in your collage. I have a striped sweater and just acquired a striped t-shirt, it's fast becoming my favorite! Great post!!

xo Linda

Heaven's Walk - said...

LOL! We wore those shirts while on a Windjammer cruise 15 years ago! Nobody was allowed to wear them (except for crew members) til the last day we sailed. Then everyone on the entire ship had them on. It was so much fun! :)

xoxo laurie

Dishesdone said...

Always love that style! Great mosaic to see so many stylish folks wearing it!

Snap said...

Too cute! I love stripes! Fun mosaic!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Quite a classic shirt. Great idea for a mosiac.

Mary said...

Love your mosaic! I personally try to avoid horizontal stripes :-)

KarenHarveyCox said...

What an interesting mosaic. My favorite design for summer too.
Karen

Vee said...

Cool mosaic! I have never dared to wear stripes, but it sure is a classic look.

A Garden of Threads said...

Neat idea for a mosaic. Love the shirts.

Lisa said...

Grat Idea and one of the best I have come too. Love your mosaic

GrandmaK said...

Didn't know the history. Well done! Cathy

linda said...

I love anything coastal, beachy or sea like...these shirts are precious. Great mosaic.

Mary said...

Such a classic! Nice to see Jackie O there. She was THE style icon of my youth. I saw her once in the supermarket, believe it or not. :) thanks for sharing at MM. :)

Pondside said...

Jackie O wore it best, I think. I've always loved this shirt, but honestly, I thought it was a Danish sailor's shirt!