Stripes are the ultimate go-to pattern for most men. Dependable, adaptable and steeped in history, stripes have the power to elevate an outfit to another level. For this week’s Last Word, we look at the origins of this style classic, who helped bring stripes to fame, and how you can rock the horizontals this week.
Over the next century, men who spent their time away from the choppy waters of the French coast began to appreciate the true sartorial value of the Breton. Soon enough, everyone from Pablo Picasso to James Dean were spotted in stripes, leading the humble Breton to become one of the fashion success stories of the 20th century.
The style still endures to this day, with stripes still the perfect way to break up the usual block colours most of us reach for on a daily basis. From shirts, to tees, to polos, stripes work with everything.
We all love a good shirt, and it’s always worth having a striped version in your arsenal. Our long sleeve Horizontal Stripe shirt in marl stripes is just the thing in our customary Mod fit, and hits that smart casual line to perfection. Finish off the look with a pair of skinny stretch chinos in light ash, and you’ll have nailed the ideal outfit for any occasion.