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A Fact from The Shirt Lab: The History of the Stripe.

Date Posted: 07 May

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During the 1300’s stripes were considered evil and known as ‘the devils cloth’. The story goes that two monks from Palestine came to Paris wearing brown and white horizontal stripes which were contrary to the preferred white cloaks worn. Before long, the monks were referred to as ‘barred brothers’ and the association with stripes was the uniform for outcasts. However, during the 18th century the French decided to start the evolution of the stripe, which became famous for legendary fashion figureheads such as Coco Chanel.

With increasing interest in men’s fashion, there has been a gradual development in the stripe being used to create a distinguished look away from a jacket or suit to give extra character. Thomas Pink has an array of striped styles to choose from with the bold stripes of the Endsleight Stripe Shirt being a great example of how to use a bold shirt with a patterned tie and a classic suit.—Double-Cuff/Men’s-Slim-Fit-Shirts/thomas-pink/fcp-product/99926960#productsPerPage=202