Breton stripes origin from Bretagne in Northern France, which explains their name.
Thick cotton shirts with these stripes became part of the uniform for seamen in 1958. Since then Breton tops have become something of a French stereotype.
Famous fans are, Picasso, James Dean, Coco Chanel…
How to wear them well:
A Breton-striped top is a really nice alternative to a plain sweatshirt. Their nautical history makes them a natural fit on holiday.
We suggest pairing them with chinos and shorts and maybe throwing on a unstructured blazer for a dinner out.