Three Ways To Wear: Breton Stripes

Breton stripe shirt

Breton stripes, for me, conjure up images of 60s European film stars, such as the ultimate sex symbol Brigitte Bardot and her brunette antithesis, the gamine Anna Karina. Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, and Coco Chanel where also partial to the iconic stripe design.
The original navy and white knitted, boat neckline stripe shirt, aka as marinière, was introduced in 1858 as a uniform for seamen in Britanny.

The Breton tee is at the top of my wardrobe essentials list, this infinitely versatile design lends itself to a myriad of interpretations and moods. While the navy/cream is the original classic design, these versions by Marc Jacobs in burgundy sequin patch front and Être Cécile in white/red horizontal stripe and cheetah print put amp up the glam and fun of the wardrobe staple. But you don’t have to limit yourself to a sailor-stripe shirt alone. The très chic design lends itself to all garments and accessories.

 Breton stripe shirt for evening

While decidedly casual the Breton tee can be found in variety of fabrics that can go from day to night seamlessly. Wear the on trend cropped tee with a pleated chiffon skirt and the “It” shoe of the moment, a white or black mule. Layered beaded strands necklaces and a mesh statement clutch with a flick of midnight-blue liquid eyeliner for a dramatic cat eye will have you set for the night.

Breton stripe skirt for the office

Look smart in the office and clash prints for a fresh  look with a modern floral print top  and a sleek striped pencil skirt. A polished pump with a gold accent heel and a sleek architectural hardware bag will help you make climb up the corporate ladder in shipshape style. Coco would approve.

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Breton stripes for the weekend

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A cotton moto jacket and lace-up peep-toe wedges lend a touch of edge to a preppy Breton stripe boat neck tee and powder blue trousers. Wear to a bottomless mimosas brunch with the girls for laid-back chic appeal.

Jacket: HELMUT Helmut Lang(similar here)
Top: Alice and Olivia (here)
Pants: Phillilp Lim x Target (similar here and  here)
Belt: Barneys New York  (similar here)
Bag: Vintage clutch (similar here and here )
Shoes: Martha Davis (similar here and here)
Jewelry: Sasha Maks Vintage, shop online or contact

How do you rock Breton stripes? Share your favorite look in the comments below.

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Written by Sasha Maksutenko