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I have received quite a number of e-mails on this subject. Here are the commonly used names for the basic shirtings:

Hairline Stripe:



Dress Stripe:

Pin Stripes (Bottom - usual; Top - wide):

Candy Stripe:

Bengal Stripes:

Awning Stripe:

Shadow Stripe (may vary in width):

Multi-Stripe (one of many thousands):

Basic Stripe Size Comparison Reference:



These are relative sizes. For example, Candy Stripes approximately 1/8" equally spaced white & color or color & color; Bengal Stripes +/- 1/4" equally spaced white & color or color & color, etc. Pin stripes are usually 1 or two yarns thick and the spacing between pin stripes varies all over the map.

If you'd rather call your Candy Stripes Bengals and your Bengals Pinstripes, feel free. One person's tiger is another's kitty.

But if you're trying to communicate with a shirtmaker, use the reference above.

Copyright © 2008 Alexander S. Kabbaz, Kabbaz Kelly Shirtmakers. All rights reserved.
 
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Is the Bengal stripe also sometimes called Butcher stripe?
Butcher, more frequently used in the UK, is similar but slightly wider ... not nearly as wide as an awning stripe.
 

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This thread has actually confused me from what I had previously gathered. I have noticed Brooks Brothers tends to follow what you describe. On the other hand, Turnbull & Asser (as well as many others I have found) appears to reverse what you call a bengal stripe and candy stripe. It also calls your dress stripe a pencil stripe. Is that usually the same thing? I also see pin stripes described as pencil stripes. What is your take on the meaning of pencil stripe?
 

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This thread has actually confused me from what I had previously gathered. I have noticed Brooks Brothers tends to follow what you describe. On the other hand, Turnbull & Asser (as well as many others I have found) appears to reverse what you call a bengal stripe and candy stripe. It also calls your dress stripe a pencil stripe. Is that usually the same thing? I also see pin stripes described as pencil stripes. What is your take on the meaning of pencil stripe?
The name "pencil stripe" derives from the obvious. The lower dress stripe (the blue one) would fit the pencil stripe category. My object here was to define stripe widths for those who had inquired. It was not to compile a list of synonyms, but instead of the most frequently used terms. That, perhaps, might be a project for the future.

The derivation of "candy stripe" is unknown, at least to me. Looking backward to the older candies, the most common were the round, cello-wrapped hard candies. The stripes most often seen on those were about 1/8".

Now as to "bengal stripes" ... that derivation is well-known. However, as much as I love AskAndy's and would like to be a bastion of historic accuracy, there are just certain places I shall not go with my tape measure ... even to verify the veracity of my claim. Perhaps Mr. Turnbull or Mr. Asser were braver fellows than I. You might want to ask one of them how they took those measures.
 

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I thought that in England Bengal stripes are 1/8 inch not 1/4.
Who's on First?

Really, though, these don't look like 1/8" to me:

 

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I had assumed that it had some connection to the uniforms worn by candy stripers - the teenage female hospital volunteers.
As did I before I was corrected a long time ago by an extremely knowledgeable textile importer.
 

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Just a point of info: For whatever it's worth, H&H and H&K call the Kabbaz "candy stripe" a "bengal stripe," and what he calls a "dress stripe" H&H calls a "French bengal stripe" and H&K simply a "fine stripe."
I believe "Turkish bengal stripe" would be more veracious. :devil:
 

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I assumed candy stripes were just named after the width of stripes on a stick of brighton rock or similar hard sweet.

Regardless of etymology of these various terms and their precise names (which borders on an angels/pinhead discussion), I think the most useful aspect to this post is the excellent final photo, demonstrating the variation in stripe with, alongside a scale. Very nice to see them all laid out like that.
 

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I assumed candy stripes were just named after the width of stripes on a stick of brighton rock or similar hard sweet.

Regardless of etymology of these various terms and their precise names (which borders on an angels/pinhead discussion), I think the most useful aspect to this post is the excellent final photo, demonstrating the variation in stripe with, alongside a scale. Very nice to see them all laid out like that.
For an uneducated Yank, what is a 'stick of brighton rock'?
 
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