Stripes in fashion first appeared in Medieval times. Primarily used to draw the observers attention they could be seen adorning the costumes of clowns and court jesters, but also on the underskirts of prostitutes and the outfits of prisoners and criminals.
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By the end of the nineteenth century, a new definition of stripes was created by Queen Victoria. The queen dressed her son in a sailor suit and stripes were no longer merely associated with “someone evil”. Stripes the became synonymous with words such as “marine” and “sea”. Navy blue and white stripes were adopted by swimmers on their bathing suits. At the beginning of the twentieth century, stripe fashion became mainstream.