How to Style Your Breton Stripe Top

The Breton Stripe top was made famous by Coco Chanel – originally the practical work attire of French Fishermen, Coco Chanel brought it to the forefront of fashion in the early 20 th century, and now it’s a wardrobe staple.

Chances are, that you have one, if not several, lurking in your wardrobe!
What’s more, stripey tops never go out of style and form a blank canvas for a variety of stylish looks.

Here are some ideas on how to wear our Breton stripes like – well… a Breton, and create some different stylish looks!

Casual comfortable daytime look!
Pair it with your favourite denim jeans or relaxed chinos.
To elevate this pairing, add a slick of your brightest lippy, a ballet flat, half tuck the front and roll back the sleeves and add a bright coloured bag and/or belt.

Dress it up
Wear it with a smart blazer for a chic look, adding smart flats or heels depending on your personal choice.

With a Wide Leg Trouser
This is precisely how Coco Chanel introduced the Breton stripe to the Parisian fashion scene by pairing it with a navy wide leg trouser. The epitome of French chic, and the added bonus that this is a great combination for providing symmetry and balance to your look, creating that coveted hourglass shape. Utterly perfect for this coming season where wide leg trousers are experiencing a “moment”! Add a wedge or a white trainer to finish your look.

Pep it up
Add a pop of colour by adding a vibrant scarf, belt or bag.

Elevate your look
Accessories can make even the most basic outfit look expensive – add a chunky statement necklace to really elevate your style – jewels really pop against a Breton stripe!

Day to Night
Bright clashing skirt for a smart or casual vibe for an easy day to evening look – pair with a white trainer for a more casual look or a heeled sandal to take you through to evening.

Make it Cute!
Wear with dungarees for a cute, cool and comfortable look! Add a wedge or chunky trainers to suit your mood!