The perfect Breton top

2 Apr

The iconic striped Breton top is one of those items loads of us have in our wardrobes. Like leopard print, those white and navy stripes have become a new neutral, working just as well with clashing prints as they do with simple jeans.

But while we might already own a stripey top or five, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for one more! Recently, I’ve been on the quest for the perfect Breton. I wanted something simple and true to the original French design, without any funky embellishments.

Wikifashion says the Breton originated in France in the 1850s, as uniform for the French navy. It was made in wool or cotton, with a crew neckline, and with thin navy stripes on a white background. This pretty much describes what I was looking for.

I think this one from Charles Tyrwhitt fits the bill nicely…


£22.95, Charles Tyrwhitt

And I also love this one from Joules


£24.95, Joules at John Lewis

But I bought this one, also from John Lewis, which I think has now sold out…


Now, for those of you looking for a twist on the classic Breton, how about one of these?

With denim patches…


£22, Next

A block of bold colour…


£45, Hobbs

Ditch the trad colours…


£40, Jaeger

Or wear your Breton on your skirt…


£38, Fat Face at John Lewis

How do your wear yours?

Bethan x


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