As of late, my appreciation for the breton striped top seems to have exploded into a free-for-all hunt for stripe tops to add to my once modest but now expanding collection. Originating in the late 1800s as a uniform for sailors to make it easier to spot them in the water and referred to as the mariniere, the breton stripe top has since come a long way, firmly embedding itself in what we know today as the classic and chic Parisian style. Introduced to the fashion world by Coco Chanel, and worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Edie Sedgwick and Brigitte Bardot, the presence of the striped shirt on the runway has not yet faltered, and is an ubiquitous item in many shops.
I’m quite fond of pairing my striped tees with everything from a casual pair of skinny jeans to high-waisted shorts or glitzy party skirts. With my wardrobe bursting at the seams with stripes, I have little need for more, but if I did, I’d probably be hunting out one of the ones below.