Coco Chanel first popularized the mariniere shirt in 1917 at her shop in Deauville, France. Since then, chic women around the world have sported the iconic look. French-sailor striped shirts have had a long life -- and are back again for spring men's and women's wear.
Ms. Chanel at her house in La Pausa with her dog Gigot in 1930.
Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of effortless chic, sports the look in the 1950s.
The look was embraced by iconic actresses, including Sophia Loren, seen here in the late 1950s.
Natalie Wood tries the stripes in a lighter wash in 1957.
Elizabeth Taylor wore a mariniere shirt in the 1970 film "Only Game in Town."
Wider stripes became associated with the "mod" look of the early '70s. Here, Peggy Lipton in "The Mod Squad."
Men get in on the look as well. The Ramones rocked the stripes in 1981.
These modern day beauties, whose looks are followed closely by trend-watchers, also sport the signature stripes:
and Blair Eadie from the Atlantic-Pacific blog.
Whether it's a top, dress, bathing suit, or even shoes...stripes will always be a classic staple here at The Seaside Style.