There’s something about wearing a Breton stripe. It feels French, classic, an unassailable uniform of relaxed cool. Funnily enough however, it is sail-able: originating from the Brittany naval sailors who wore the pattern to highlight them if they fell overboard. Although from humble beginnings, Coco Chanel soon whisked the pattern away and into the hands of high fashion. Setting the modern wardrobe staple up for a stylish life, she used the pattern in her 1917 nautical line and caught the eye of every corset constricted women – who found the loose fitted striped shirts a fashion saviour.
Away from the history, the stripe has become a versatile piece of clothing in both women, and men’s wardrobes, so we thought it was time to pay homage to a pattern rich in French fashion history. Working the stripes into five looks, it really is easy to see why stripes are so wonderful. Whatever your style, it adds a hearty wave of coolness, a ‘C’est la vie’ attitude. Whether it’s teamed with contrasting patterns, pops of colour, or glistening jewels from DiamondÃ¨re, the Breton stripe jumper is a must have for every wardrobe, be it spring, summer, autumn, winter, rain or shine.
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