Breton Tops Will Never, Ever, Go Out Of Style – So Here's 12 Of The Best To Shop

Breton Tops Will Never, <em>Eve</em>r, Go Out Of Style – So Here's 12 Of The Best To Shop
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We're all looking for 'the one' that you'll wear until it breaks

The Breton is the ultimate style staple. In fact, I'd go as far as to say it even beats the plain white tee. There isn’t a single member of the InStyle team that doesn’t own a Breton top, and that includes the boys. It screams Parisian chic and goes with everything in your wardrobe: clashing prints, animal print, denim, leather, PVC, smart, casual. Everything. What’s not to love?

Along with trench coats and waxy Barbour jackets, Breton stripes are a true heritage pieces. Quick history lesson: they've been around since the French Navy wore them as uniform back in 1858. And the true test of an authentic Breton? It must have exactly 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Saint James, the village that became a brand, was the key player responsible for clothing the entire French navy, and still stands strong to its “sailor” heritage and style today.

Since then, everyone from Coco Chanel and Brigitte Bardot to Alexa Chung and Kate Middleton, have been snapped wearing the chic stripe. It's the fash-gals favourite throw-on and there's no sign of it changing. Brands such as Etré Cecile and Commé Des Garcons have reinterpreted the classic in a fun modern way with a mix of colours and slogans to go with it, while high street stores such as Topshop keep this essential in the same aisle as our go-to white t-shirts. In fact, we'll be keeping an eye out for a few striped contenders across the Black Friday clothing sales, including best Black Friday Topshop deals, best Net a Porter deals and key Black Friday deals to update your wardrobe.

Whether you’re yet to join the #BretonClub or you’ve worn your old one to death and need an update, we’ve found the perfect style to suit you and your budget. Wear it with boyfriend jeans and trainers for a super casual weekend look, or throw on a pair of sassy leather pants and an ankle boot for an uplifted evening look. Or if (like me) you want to lounge around and feel half decent about yourself (despite the reality being you’re hungover and have eaten a whole pizza), believe me, a Breton top and trackpants seems to do the trick!

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