The Breton stripe is a classic and a great wardrobe staple. Bit of history for you, it was first introduced way back in 1858 to locate overboard seamen in Brittany. Since then it’s been seen everywhere, from Coco Chanel’s sailor inspired nautical collection in 1917 to today as a classic, laid-back essential.

Breton’s are everywhere this summer and to save you the trouble, I’ve located the best laid-back (and some a little more stand-up) looks from the high street…


  1. Libby Breton Top Navy by People Tree – £38.00  £26.00 – SilkFred
  2. Reclaimed Vintage Breton Stripe Long Sleeve Top – £28.00 – ASOS
  3. Long-sleeved jersey top – £7.99 – H&M
  4. PETITE Stripe Strappy Cami – £20.00 – Topshop
  5. Bell Sleeve Top In Breton Stripe by Minkie – £45.00 – SilkFred
  6. Off-the-shoulder top – £7.99 – H&M
  7. Stripe Contrast Top – £20.00  £12.00 – Topshop
  8. Cocoon Breton Stripe Dress by Native Youth – £38.00 – SilkFred
  9. Striped jersey top – £12.99 £6.49 – H&M
  10. I Love Friday Long Sleeve Top With Frill Detail In Breton Stripe – £40.00 – ASOS
  11. ASOS Breton Stripe Tee & High Waist Shortie Pyjama Set – £20.00 – ASOS
  12. Sleeveless jersey dress – £7.99 – H&M

As a side note, I have to say that the H&M concious range is absolutely delightful. The cotton is so soft. I have #9 in white and it’s a great, think cotton fabric which feels like wearing a warm soft blanket of cotton – a dream I can highly recommend!

Happy Breton-ing!
love EJ xo



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