Time to bring the stripes out Breton tees and Co.

Have you ever wondered why is it that as soon as summer arrives we have an urge to wear stripes? What is it with Breton t-shirts and sunny days? And why do we feel so chic in the timeless striped print?

Striped summer overloaded

The first Breton striped wool sweaters, and then shirts, were made to protect the fishermen from Brittany against the cold winds and waters. And in 1858, they became part of the French navy uniform. But it was Coco Chanel who made the striped top widely famous after launching the marinière (sailor) fashion in 1913.

Coco Chanel in 1928 wearing marinière

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The French designer used to wear Breton tees paired with masculine tailored trousers, a style that was later adopted by Audrey Hepburn and every elegant woman after her.

By FaceMePLS from The Hague, The Netherlands – Jean Paul Gaultier Kunsthal Rotterdam, CC BY 2.0,

Jean-Paul Gaultier famously elevated the sailor stripes to eveningwear and made the Breton top his signature style.

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Nothing’s fresher than a striped dress! No matter whether midi or mini; dresses with stripes in natural fabrics will last you for years as the print never goes out of fashion. Wear them from the office to the beach.

Tops & stripes

Tops with stripes are elegant and seasonless. Puffy sleeves and Peter Pan collars give nowness to your shirt. Additionally, we also picked a striped polo; this bourgeois staple elevates your jeans and denim skirts.

Breton T-shirts

You probably won’t find anything more classic than a Breton tee. Ask any French girl which is the item she can’t live without and you can bet it will be this quintessential French top.

Jackets and sweaters

Even in summer, you may need a sweater or a blazer for the evening. Also, a striped jacket gives a summer touch to your office outfit.

Striped trousers

Palazzo pants and cropped trousers with stripes are effortlessly chic. Pair them with a white t-shirt and you’re ready to go to work, out for dinner or the weekend. Just dress your outfit up or down by adding the right accessories.

Skirts or shorts?

Shorts are this season’s heroes but check first which is the right type of shorts for you. Otherwise, choose midi and mini skirts with frills and patchwork-like style, which are hot micro-trends this year.

Summer accessories

Add some summer vibe to your look with these striped accessories, from bucket hats to jewellery and sunglasses, they are fun and have that French girl je ne sais quoi we all love.

Stepping in stripes

The Spanish espadrilles are a must for summer, and if striped, even better. We also selected some platform shoes that are one of the big footwear trends in 2020. The stripes also add elegance to sneakers and sandals.

Totes, clutch & basket bags

Go for big striped totes this summer; you can carry everything in these bags, from laptop to towel and sunscreen. If you prefer something smaller, a bucket bag or clutch with stripes also look summery and beautiful. With these striped bags, you will feel like Brigitte Bardot in the Riviera, even when going to work.

Stripes at the beach

Of course, bikinis or one-piece swimsuits with stripes are a match made in heaven. Wear any of these to sunbathe in style, whether at St Tropez, an Austrian lake or in your garden.