Originated in France in 1856. The blue and white striped knitted shirt became the uniform for all french navy seaman in Brittany. It later became popular amongst breton workers due to its comfortable practicality. The 1950’s and 60’s saw in the beatnik community which furthered its popularity, but it was Coco Chanel who really introduced the classic pattern into the fashion world with her nautical collection in 1917. It was pictured on the likes of Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. They all contributed to it’s rising popularity, be it in film, on the catwalk or in the art world. The top is still iconic in the fashion world of today and has been seen on the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung.
In my opinion it is the perfect item to team with a standard pair of denim jeans to create that effortlessly cool look. The top rules my wardrobe even today, practical and stylish- just what I need to create a timeless statement whilst running around getting mucky after my 19 month old son! (Who, also looks fab in breton stripes)
Check out http://www.asos.comto view a great collection of breton striped tops! My personal favourites are as follow;
£24.50 (ASOS Affordable classic)
£50 Fred Perry at ASOS (For slightly more expensive taste)
£25 ASOS Mens (…for the guys or the boyfriend)