“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.”
-Michel Pastoureau, “The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric”
“Stripes were the devil’s clothing,… [t]he dress of prostitutes, of hangmen.” Ouch. According to author Emily Eakin (When Fashion Decreed Stripes A Capital Crime,) a negative viewpoint of stripes was prevalent by approximately 1100 AD and even the ever-magnificent, style-inspiring zebra was not spared. In fact, zebras were considered “Satan’s bestiary.” I must say that I consider myself fortunate to live in an era that the zebra can now freely roam the earth without judgment or fear and designers from all walks of life can create wonderful pieces such as my top shown above. Apparently these stripes-hating shenanigans were basically the norm until they were cleared up in the late 1700s, and ever since then stripes have grown in popularity and been incorporated in clothing and decor. While I’ve never been stripes-obsessed, my fondness for the pattern has been increasing and as such my purchasing has aligned with this so prepare yourself to find me sporting a variety of striped pieces on the blog this fall. I hope you all enjoyed this nugget of information, and feel free to use it as a conversation starter at your next social gathering.