Stripe Pattern
I’m trying to figure out when stripes starting becoming such a fashion icon. What I know is that stripes used to be worn by prisoners and of course from the uniform used in Nazi concentration camps (the saddest history on the planet).

It’s funny how fashion trends change from year to year. I did a little research on the background of stripes and found this book offers a great explanation/opinion about the subject. The book title is entitled “The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes” by By Michel Pastoureau. It seems like an interesting book.

I wore:
Forever 21 Top, Ann Taylor Skirt (thrifted), Stuart Weitzman Shoes (thrifted), Clutch (thrifted)

Stripe Pattern

The book describes The Devil’s Cloth as beginning with a medieval scandal (I love history, next time we’ll talk about the medieval age). In medieval times striped clothing was for those on the outer fringes of society such as jugglers and prostitutes. The West adapted the idea and continued to dress its slaves and servants, its crewmen and convicts in stripes.

Stripe Pattern

The book also said that later in the last 2 centuries, striped patterns have changed from being negative to positive in meaning. In the modern era, striped patterns mean freedom, youthfulness, and pleasure.

Striped patterns have also changed since classic stripes. It used to be only horizontal stripes with consistent sizes. Now you see striped patterns in different shapes, sizes and colors. From horizontal, vertical even mixed and matched. Classic stripes use to be just black over white , now you can find stripes from all over the color wheel.

Isn’t that interesting to see how the fashion trends evolve?

Stripe Pattern


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    1. Annie says:

      Love the stripes with that skirt – such cute pattern mixing!

      The Other Side of Gray

    2. Bonnie @ minimestyle says:

      This is such fun, unexpected print matching! The evolution of fashion is super interesting. If you like books about the medieval period, you should definitely check out “Pillars of the Earth” if you haven’t read it.

      • I haven’t read the book yet. I’ll definitely add it to my book to read list. Thanks for the info Bonnie :)

    3. I love your skirt, so beautiful! You’ve mixed the prints beautifully, you’ve got such great pieces and you combine them so well! You look lovely! xxx

    4. Love your skirt!


    5. gorgeous look:)) love the two patterns!!


    6. wow – I love your little history tidbits about fashion. I always thought that sailors and gamine French women made stripes chic! You look lovely!

    7. I love how you research all of these interesting things about your outfits, it makes your posts so interesting to read! (And I am a huge history nerd!) These two patterns looks so fantastic together, that print on your skirt is so different and eye catching. (It looks like ti could work with so many tops!)

    8. Love the stripes with the printed skirt! :)

      So nice to read the history behind the stripes too!

    9. Nette says:

      Hey Sweetie! I love the outfit, but you really had me with the necklace:) Where did you find it?

      • Hi Nette,

        Thanks. Oh the necklace, I bought it at Forever21. You get to visit their store. Tons of cool staff in cheap price. Dave Ramsey “My Total Money Make Over” would absolutely agree with me (heheh…

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