Tuesday, June 26, 2012

☞ BESPOKE: Stripe Tank Tops Then and Now

After going to more than a good share of rooftop parties in the city this past weekend, we can report that stripe tank tops are definitely a casual look that has returned to men's fashion.  A photo of two gentlemen rowing on the Harlem River circa 1895 shows what the original incarnation looked like when men wore the novelty tops as part of the warm weather sporting season uniform.  Nowadays, the traditional horizontal stripes can be found in many horizontal variations but our preference would fall along the lines of the wider rugby stripe or the finer mariner stripe.

Archival image via the digital Library at the Museum of the City of New York


  1. Not rowing. They are sculling, athletic uniforms I imagine. Columbia?

  2. Cute guys. Just saying....