Striped Sailor Shirts – A History

posted on July 8th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

 

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At Seasalt striped sailor shirts are our staple garments – in fact they were the first Seasalt garment we ever made 33 years ago! But how did nautical stripes become part of our everyday wardrobe?

Stripes were popular among seafarers as they were highly visible should a sailor be unlucky enough to fall over-board. Vertically striped trousers were the garment of choice for mariners in the 1700s, with Nelson owning a rather fetching pair of striped stockings! Stripes proved so effective when out at sea that in 1858 the French Navy demanded the humble striped shirt become strict, naval uniform.

During the early 1900s stripes had started to seep into everyday clothing. Swimsuits (think vintage, strong man outfits) were a popular choice for the striped design – but the shirts had started to make their way onto the creative scene, with artists and writers including Man Ray, Ernest Hemingway and Picasso regularly wearing them – there are pictures floating around of F. Scott Fitzgerald pairing his stripes with a pair of plus fours!

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Perhaps the most famous striped top lover of them all, and the person credited with bringing the humble sailor shirt on to the radar of the fabulously fashionable, was Coco Chanel. Arguably one of the most famous and influential designers in the world, she took elements of menswear and transformed them into luxurious clothing for women. A firm believer that clothing ought to be comfortable, a strong sentiment that moved away from the constraints of women’s fashion in the early 1900s, she once said, “luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury” – a sentiment strongly shared by Seasalt designers today!

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Throughout the years the classic striped shirt showed no signs of abating and became synonymous with 1960s French New Wave Cinema, and the burgeoning creative art scene. Actresses Jean Seberg and Brigitte Bardot, and artist Andy Warhol were rarely seen without their nautical attire.

Even today the striped shirt is still as popular as ever – perhaps due to its magical ability to make any outfit look as though you’ve just stepped off the boat from the French Riviera, or maybe because it looks as good with a pair of jeans as it does with a floral print skirt. One thing’s for certain, the striped top shows no sign of slowing down, and we’re proud that our Sailor Shirt is the best you can buy!

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Step into springtime in our new season prints

posted on January 14th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

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All of our prints are designed by us. They’re inspired by the Cornish landscape, the colours and flora we see on country walks and the maritime dotted vistas that hug the coast in Cornwall. They’re unique to us; you won’t find them anywhere else.

Each season we create a fresh collection and this spring/summer they’re inspired by the area around our design studios in Falmouth. Locations such as Maenporth beach with views to Pendennis point, and sweet flower meadow walks to Budock Church.

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behind the scenes – how we made Christmas happen

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

That time of year is fast approaching – the jingle bells are most definitely jingling! As a little Christmas gift from us to you, here’s a sneak peek of what went on behind the scenes of our Christmas catalogue shoot way back in the summer…

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behind the scenes- on location at Garden Wings Cottage

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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When it comes to location shoots we are very lucky here at Seasalt, being given the opportunity to shoot at a number of different locations around our beautiful home county of Cornwall. This was no exception when it came to our Christmas catalogue, we were fortunate enough to shoot at the gorgeous Garden Wings cottage in the tiny hamlet of Mawnan. Read the rest of this entry »

we’re ‘womenswear brand of the year’ – thank you!

posted on November 27th, 2013 by rosie

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Last week a few of the team went up to the big smoke of London for an evening of celebration and glamour at the annual Drapers Awards ceremony. Hosted by the irrepressible (and very tall!), Dara O’Briain, these highly-respected industry awards recognise some of the the best performers in the world of clothing and fashion – and we were one of them, winning the prestigious Womenswear Brand of the Year category!

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we love juicy pattern knits

posted on October 11th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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As the nights draw in and temperature drop it’s clear that winter is just around the corner. This season’s new wardrobe staple has to be the patterned knit. Make your patterns pop by layering with basics for that perfect winter daytime look.  With a selection on patterns from birds to bright fair isles and even more traditional styles, there truly is something for everyone!

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The Matilda Cardigan  in Bird Herringbone Granite features a bright striped bird pattern inspired by the wealth of cornish birds surrounding us. Layer this lovely jacquard knit cardigan with basic tops and pair with our Galatea Jeans and Trefusis Boots for the perfect day look. To keep those winter chills away, finish this look with the juicy colours of our Fishing Net Scarf and Mittens.

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Our Matilda Cardigan in Penwith Jacquard Tobacco was inspired by Cornish townscapes. Try layering this cardigan with our Thrifty Top in Silver and Eden skirt for a Weekend Look. This Look is topped off perfectly with our Wishing Well Scarf and Trefusis Boots to keep you warm.

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This lovely fair isle long length Hazelnut Cardigan is perfect for dressing up or down. Layer with our Thrifty Top in Beetroot and Galatea Jeans topped off with the warming colours from our Lobster Pot Snood and Mittens which were inspired by the fishing culture that surrounds Mevagissey.

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If you are looking for something a bit brighter how about trying the Penvoer Cardigan in Eddystone Cadet. This juicy striped fair isle knit will really bring a pop to your outfit. Layer with our High Clere Top in Slate  and Galatea Jeans and accessories with our beautiful wool/silk mix  Hallane Scarf for added warmth and colour.

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For a more muted fair isle knit the Penvoeor Cardgian in Folk Bilberry features the traditional snowflakes pattern. This lovely purple knit works perfectly with chambray such as the Duchy Skirt and layered with basics such as the Thrifty Top in Orca. Why not try a knitted Flower Headband to keep your ears away from that bitter winter wind and some wollen gloves or mittens such as the Ascot Cable Mittens for that perfect casual day look.

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we love layers

posted on September 13th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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As the evenings draw in and the weather becomes more unpredictable, we start to remember that autumn can be a hard season to dress for. That’s where layering comes in so handy – layering your outfits is perfect for being prepared whatever the weather throws at you – essential in Cornwall! And you might be surprised,  but wearing several thin layers can be just as cosy as wearing you favourite chunky fisherman jumper.

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For daytime looks try layering bright cardigans to add pops of colour to an outfit. The Tamarisk Cardy is the perfect cable knit cardigan for adding a bit of warmth. Teamed with our Levalsa Skirt, in a warm versatile cord, you can wear this outfit throughout the season whether with bare legs and pumps or tights and boots for cooler days or nights.

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Try layering more neutral tones with prints. The Solstice Cardigan is the perfect companion for pretty dresses, such as the long sleeved Cosmos Dress. For cooler days add a shawl or scarf for added warmth. The Flutter Shawl in berry works perfectly with the camellia sage print. If you’re still chilly try adding a top under you dress, here we’ve used the Seasonal Top in mineral.

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Pops of colour can brighten up any casual daytime look. The Kohl Rabi Cardigan, with its lovely bright stripes, is perfect for this. This lovely soft mohair cardigan can be thrown over jeans and t-shirts to bring some colour to any outfit.

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The Levee Jumper in a nautically inspired knit is a perfect feminine take on the traditional fisherman’s jumper. Layer with basic t-shirts and a cute little collared shirt for the perfect snug look.

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A knitted dress can work as a perfect transitional piece throughout the season.  Our knitted Woodwick Dress is perfect for those cooler days. Wear with tights and boots for a smart look or dress down with jeans or leggings.

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Scarves are a great way to bring some added warmth to outfits. Woven wool scarves are a great lightweight option, bringing colour and warmth to any outfit, and can be easily adapted for the evenings and worn shawl style.

Leather boots are a must have this winter for keeping your feet snug and dry. Paired with jeans for trawling round the coastal paths or worn with a skirt or dress for more dressy occasions. Our knee high Trundle Boots in soft suede are the perfect feminine solution for cold feet in wintery weather.

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If that’s still not enough and you’re feeling the chill,  try finishing  your  look off with a gilet or Coat from our RAIN collection.

The Greenwich Gilet is perfect for smarter occasions and works perfectly layered over your favourite knitwear. With its fitted silhouette it will allow you to retain a more flattering silhouette.

The Hedgerow Coat will add a dash of colour on those drab, drizzly days and take you right through the season.

Here at Seasalt we’re beginning to embrace layering as the nights draw in and would love to you are layering your looks this season. Let us know how you are keeping snug this Autumn and send us a photo of your layered  looks.

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posted on September 12th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Sara from Design is dressed head to toe in Seasalt today and showing us all how to layer for Autumn!  As the summer air feels ever more distant keeping snug and warm is becoming a priority when getting dressed on the dreary mornings.  Sara has teamed the versatile pleated Wallflower Skirt in Salmon with our staple long sleeved Sailor Shirt to keep her warm without the fuss of another layer.  Along with her Sea-Legs Leggings and Trefusis Boots keeping her cozy she certainly wont be feeling the chill!

What great way to wear your favorite skirt throughout the season and we think she looks fabulous!   How are you wearing your Seasalt this autumn?

 

how we wear ours – silk square

posted on June 27th, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski

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Our Silk Square was a new product for Spring/Summer Collection and has proved a hit amongst Seasalters as an easy adaptable accessory that adds a touch of glamour to any outfit. With so many different ways of wearing it we spoke to some of its biggest fans and asked how they like to wear theirs.

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Lottie from Buying uses her silk square as a beautiful bow headscarf teamed with the Pippa Dress for a fun summer retro look.

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Zephyrine from Tech uses her scarf as a bright and quirky belt!

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Wina from Graphic Design likes to throws hers over she shoulders to add a drop of colour to outfits, from jeans and a tshirt to a dress in the evening.

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Hannah from Online Marketing likes to tie hers to her bag for a simple addition of nautical glamour to her outfit.

For more ways to wear our silk square have a look at our how to guide.

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Why not grab yourself one these beautiful hand printed silk scarves while they are in the sale for £12.00 and show us how you wear yours!

the perfect summer shoes

posted on June 7th, 2013 by rosie

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Sperry Top-Sider deck shoes have been a favourite since 1935 when Paul Sperry, inspired by the pattern of cracks in his dog Prince’s paws and his ability to run nimbly over the ice and snow, used a pen knife to cut into the rubber outer sole of a trainer. As a keen sailor Paul used these new shoe soles to avoid slipping on the wet deck of his boat and so a classic was born!

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