Monday, July 13, 2009


I feel like I have been hunting for the perfect Breton top for forever. Matelot (nautical) stripes in cream and navy are so classic - yet not boring as some "classic pieces" are. They manage to be preppy yet casual, chicly feminine yet boyish. And deliciously French - epitomised by Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin and Audrey Tatou in Coco Avant Chanel. The breton is also a typical Alexa Chung look - really love the red version she wore recently on her MTV show, is a fresh take on the classic look.

I am particularly lusting after the ones from Burberry's and A.P.C (center and right) and closer to home To Sir With Love's unbelievably soft cashmere sweater. I love the ones where the stripes start from the upper chest - breaks up the intensity a bit.


Chintz said...

wow, you're a girl after my own heart! i share your breton obsession, they're just so classic. i've lost count of the amount of striped tops in my wardrobe now, but none of them quite fit the bill.

however, after a whole afternoon of searching i've found this website, and bought one of these:

it's the real deal, boat neck, drop shoulders and everything! i'll see what it's like when it arrives, but i thought i'd share it with you as your blog was one of the results that came up when i searched :)

oh, and fyi, alexa chung gets her breton tops from arthur beale on shaftesbury ave. in london! x

hélène said...

I live in stripes, i totally get your obsession. It's such a simple way to chic and stylish.

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