When it comes to my personal style, I like to play is safe and stick to classics. In fact, I’d be more than happy with a wardrobe full of little black dresses, dark skinny jeans and a couple of simple, yet beautifully constructed tops. Oh, and let’s not forget my pièces de résistance: high-waisted A-line skirts in black, grey and one in red for the occasional pop of color.
Amongst my strictly neutral wardrobe, prints seem to be just as scarce as color. With the exception of one: the Breton stripe. How I love them so.
What started off as a fisherman’s uniform in the French province of Brittany was quickly adopted by artsy types such as Pablo Picasso and, subsequently, was reintroduced by fashionable Parisians in the 1950’s. Many credit its transition from function to fashion to the one and only Coco Chanel, who became inspired by the simplicity of the stripes after a trip to the seaside. Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld are also known for their love of the style.
What I love most about the Breton stripe is its uncanny ability to make anyone look chic and effortless - provided the rest of your ensemble, of course. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your stripes:
- Keep the rest of your outfit fairly neutral. Too much color + stripes will completely destroy its minimalistic aesthetic.
- For an easy everyday look, pair a slouchy Breton striped top with skinny jeans, a neutral boyfriend blazer (or classic trench) and a simple pair of flats. It’s effortless and appropriate for just about any occasion.
- For a slightly dressier affair, pair your striped top with skinny black trousers and your favorite pair of black pumps. It’s a simple, yet effective look for those who don’t want to look like they’re trying too hard.
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