This is the one shirt every woman should own

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Few items in your closet can transition through every season, but a classic striped shirt has long been one of them. Pair it with white jeans in the warm months or a blazer in the cool ones, and you’ll be ready for anything, from a work meeting to drinks with the girls. The design is now synonymous with chic Parisian style. The best part is that this staple won’t cost you a pretty penny—retailers from Dior to Target makes a version of this top.

A striped gem, the Garde-Cote shirt by Saint James (made in Normandy, France), available at The Perfect Provenance in Greenwich

As popular as the striped shirt is, most people who rock this look don’t know the cool history behind it. Here are a few fun facts we found for you (perfect dinner party chit-chat).

*The striped shirt made it in the spotlight when it was first introduced as the uniform for all French navy seaman around 1858.

An Oscar de la Renta runway look from the Breast Cancer Alliance Luncheon at the Greenwich Hyatt. Image courtesy Richards

*The original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean’s victories.

 *The distinctive block pattern of stripes made it easier to spot in the waves if a sailor went overboard.

Jen Danzi at a work event, wearing a cool and classic striped dress

*After a visit to the French coast, Coco Chanel introduced the design to the fashion world through her nautical collection in 1917.

 *Coco’s approval of the pattern got the attention of Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Audrey Hepburn, which helped solidify its popularity.

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