Nothing says summer chic quite like the Breton stripe shirt. The classic white and navy horizontally striped tops were traditionally worn by the French sailors and then later championed as a fashion must-have by the one and only Coco Chanel.
Nowadays they are a classic summer wardrobe staple and a personal favourite of mine; relaxed, easy to wear and effortlessly stylish. This season, however, the classic Breton has been given a colourful makeover.
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s powder blue and emerald satin top is a dressy take on the classic sailor's shirt, but the fresh colours and loose cut keep it casual enough for daytime. A perfect match for my white jeans this summer.
From DKNY, this vibrant red and blue stretch silk top takes it up a notch in the colour stakes! The bold colours are statement enough so I’d pair this with dark jeans and a couple of Trisori’s Sofia bangles for a clean and laid back summer look.
Meanwhile, Yves Saint Laurent has channelled the fishing village origins of the Breton top with these two striped offerings:
Casual but colourful, the rope print is a playful twist on the traditional stripes. The gypsy style cut makes it easy to wear despite the bold pattern and can’t you just imagine yourself in one of these, a pair of Jackie O style sunnies, sipping a pastis on the french riviera? Here’s to dreams coming true!