A Breton top is the Parisian classic that adds and immediate je ne sais quoi to any outfit. We have rounded up the best Breton to add to your wardrobe now.
It takes time for a classic to become a classic, it must withstand years of vigorous trends and meandering tastes remaining true to its authentic aesthetic. Along with a white shirt, a camel coat, and straight leg jeans, the Breton top has managed to achieve such classic status.
Breton has become a word synonymous with simple but serious French style. The low-key wardrobe staple has a perennially chic appeal that has ensured the popularity of this classic striped top has never wavered.
First worn in 1858 by the navy in Brittany, these nautical stripes were named after the region they were first created in. From such humble beginnings the Breton top went on to star in some of fashion’s most iconic wardrobes: Coco Chanel wore hers with masculine tailored trousers, Brigitte Bardot styled hers with capri pants and ballet pumps, Kate Middleton likes her with neat skinny jeans and loafers.
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As much as Breton has been purposed by some of the world’s most stylish women, it has had the same appeal with men. Kurt Cobain wore his Breton with jeans and busted up Converse trainers, James Dean drank milk in his, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol were constantly in a variety of Breton tops.
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A true Breton top is boxy in shape, long-sleeved and with a slashed neckline but the French classic now has an even broader spectrum to add to your wardrobe. From coloured Breton to T-shirt styles, these pieces will be your effortlessly cool essentials to wear now and forever.
Maison Labiche is a French brand that has experimented with the classic Breton (and simple tees) with cute embroided slogan’s and symbols for a contemporary twist on the style.
This hot red style will look great tucked into high waisted denim jeans and all white canvas trainers. For a high summer look trade out your denim for linen shorts.
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La Ligne was in part started by former Vogue editors (I told you it had the fash pack’s seal of approval) The Breton is a wardrobe staple, up there with your trench coat and jeans.
If you already own a classic navy or black striped Breton, why not mix it up for summer a go for green. Wear with casual chino’s and your white trainers for a simple yet stylish off-duty look.
Channel those sailor vibes in this nautical style; wear with your white denim and tan sandals for the perfect British summer time look.
This lightweight jersey Breton is a great layering piece. Wear under your shacket for the perfect style solution for those changeable weather days.
Favourite of Alexa Chung Saint James knows how to do the Breton. With multiple different styles on offer the ‘Meridame’ is our favourite; it’s thick heavy duty cotton is made to last, go up a size for a more slouchy look.
Play around with this traditional style with by trying this contrasting collar tee from fashion fave Cos. Wear with your denims and a colour pop sandals in a primary colour to continue the trend from head to toe.
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