How To Wear A Classic Striped Breton Tee To The Office

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The classic Breton top is a fail-safe go to with jeans for a chic, effortlessly elegant ensemble - irislillian.com
Bonjour mon chéris! The striped Breton top is the epitome of French style offering a minimalist, elegant, classic and effortlessly put together look.

Although Clémence Poésy, Kouign-amann pastry (step aside croissant) and Sézane rate highly on my This-Is-Awesome-I-Want-To-Be-French spectrum, I’d wager the Breton top is one of the greatest* French exports of all time. Hailing from Brittany in Nothern France, this top was originally adorned with 21 stripes to correspond with the number of Napoleon’s victories. Who knew?!

I’m so devoted to this sartorial niche that I have dedicated an entire drawer to the cause. Chinti & Parker and Petit Bateau are my go-tos, but over the years I have also discovered great options at COS, Scotch & Soda, GAP and Whistles. Last year I was so excited to discover number 5 (see image) at COS that I bought six: two for me, two for my Mum and two for my sister.

The Breton top’s natural companion is jeans. Any jeans whatsoever. Complete the outfit with a streamlined, tailored dark blazer and heels for your weekend stroll to the boulangerie. (Yes, heels).

Are you, like me, a hopeless francophile mesmerised by all things French?

*Who am I kidding? It’s clearly champagne.

Petit Bateau /2 Petit Bateau /3 The Nautical Company /4 Chinti and Parker /5 COS /6 Chinti and Parker

Photo credits: 1 & 2 Petit Bateau /3 thenauticalcompany.com / 4 & 6 Chinti and Parker / 5 COS

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3 Comments
  1. Kat says

    I’m such a sucker for a Breton top – my partner can’t understand why I keep buying the same thing (well, in his eyes) over and over again!

    1. Elissa says

      Mr D has the same reaction! I’m glad it’s not just me 😉

  2. […] From that day, I was hooked. Now I have a drawer dedicated to Chinti and Parker striped tops (see this post) and when I’m in London I’ll always be first in line at the annual sample […]

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