So what is a Breton stripe exactly? Well the print is made up of navy blue and white horizontal stripes and refers to the Brittany region of France. The traditional knitted shirt with long or three quarter length sleeves and boat neck was originally worn by French fisherman. It then quickly became a symbol of casual and chic fashion thanks to the fabulous Coco Chanel who had spotted the distinct and graphic look of the Breton stripe when visiting the French Riviera. The fashion icon would often wear a nautical top with high-waisted wide leg pants which is a look that, even now, never seems to go out of style.
The Breton stripe is definitely a spring/summer staple print which many women can rely on for classic wardrobe dressing in the lovely warm months. There is something lovely about nautical stripes; whether it is the versatility or classic feel of such an iconic pattern. Nearly every fashionista will have a Breton stripe t-shirt or piece of knitwear being proudly hung in their wardrobe ready to flaunt this spring; but don`t worry if you haven`t because there are plenty of pieces available from new collections to get your hands on to welcome in the new season.
360 CASHMERE Ellie Sweater, £180.00 from Fleur B
PHILLIPA K Merino Stripe Jumper, £130 from Fleur B
Tobias T-Shirt, £81.00 from Beaumont Organic
Splashes of pink have been introduced into the stripy staple print to modernise it slightly. 360 Cashmere`s Ellie Sweater features a block of the statement hue whilst the Olivia bikini from Pistol Panties boasts pink stripes – both items provide a burst of vibrancy without loosing the iconic Breton stripe look. If you want to stick to the classic navy and white though then invest in the Beaumont Organic Tobias T-Shirt or Fleur B`s Phillipa K Merino Stripe Jumper. Team them with a pair of white tapered trousers and a patent red tote and you`ll be totally ready for spring! So whether there is or isn`t a boat in sight, the Breton stripe is part of an incredible fashion history and should be worn with pride during SS13 – ahoy sailor!
Olivia Pink Stripe, £139.00 from Pistol Panties
Britt Stripe, £79.00 from Pistol Panties
Britney Stripe, £79.00 from Pistol Panties