Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

30 of the best Breton tops

Fact fans, did you know that the original Breton top was created as part of the uniform for all French navy seaman in Brittany - and that it had to feature 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon's victories?

Well, if you didn't, don't worry too much; Coco Chanel was the one who really brought the Breton top into the fashion world (who else could it have been?).

The iconic designer introduced the classic French style into her nautical collection in 1917, which moved the look from working class to high fashion.

Since then the popularity of the striped top has remained strong and it never looks out of place in a spring and summer wardrobe - you need only glimpse pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Kate Middleton to see that it's a style staple.

From investment pieces to cheaper alternatives, click through to see our 30 favourite Breton tops.

Related

kylie minogue.jpg

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

1.jpg

Ten quick and easy hairstyles you can create in 60 seconds or less

eu_mm_chars_minnie_v2.jpg

The 30 best polka dot pieces under £150

ear cuff celebrity round up red carpet.jpg

Celebrities who rocked ear cuffs on the red carpet

H&M_KENZO_Campaign_Suboi.jpg

First look: beautiful new campaign photos from the Kenzo x H&M collab

ashley graham h&m plus size blue.jpg

Plus size model Ashley Graham fronts H&M’s AW16 campaign

bershka-main.jpg

50 shades of black: how to dress like a French woman

bargain rings.jpg

Unique and delicate rings for under £200

leopard herp.jpg

Take a walk on the wild side: the best leopard print pieces to buy now

Latest...

The best loungewear and PJs to get comfy in this winter

Hello sofa my old friend

by Amy Swales
13 Oct 2017

Everything you need for the ultimate autumn-winter capsule wardrobe

Your ticket to effortless dressing awaits

by Nicola Colyer
06 Oct 2017

2017’s best advent calendars for grown-ups (because you deserve it)

Lego, stationery, gin, cereal, wall art, cheese... December is your oyster

by Amy Swales
03 Oct 2017

Shop the best ankle boots for autumn

And they're all £100 or under

by Helen Brown
28 Sep 2017

The 33 ultimate jumpsuits to take you though autumn

Your perfect one-piece is here

by Amy Swales
07 Sep 2017

The best autumnal red fashion picks on the high street

Dazzling designs under £150

by Nicola Colyer
05 Sep 2017

21 feminist gifts that actually benefit the women’s movement

It’s International Day of Charity – time to treat yourself

by Moya Crockett
05 Sep 2017

Where to buy all of Pinterest's hottest interiors trends

It’s time to start saving for a peacock chair...

by Helen Brown
08 Jun 2017

22 unusual and awesome Father's Day gifts

Stylish, foodie, boozy, outdoorsy: we've got you covered

by Amy Swales
24 May 2017

Cycling accessories and add-ons for every budget

Pimp your ride

by The Stylist web team
01 Apr 2017