Sailor Stripes

It's unclear to my how sailors came to own horizontal stripes. Whenever I wear them I feel like a sailor imposter. As if all that's missing from my outfit is a jaunty little cap and a life vest. And I might be wrong here considering that I'm quite far from the staple of fashion, but horizontal stripes are a lot more popular than they used to be. Are sailors worried that we as a general populace are encroaching on their turf, or will they be glad to no longer be associated with these non-thinning stripes? I don't know the answer, but perhaps a better questions would be, "Why even ask the question?" These are the things I found myself pondering today while wearing a shirt with horizontal stripes.

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