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Rich with history, Breton stripes have become a style classic within the fashion world. The Breton striped shirt was first introduced by the French as the uniform for their seamen.  It didn’t take long for the cotton shirts to become popular off-duty because of their chic allure and versatility.  Their timelessness proves just how much of a staple these nautical stripes are for any wardrobe.

Jean Paul Gaultier has long been a fan of Breton stripes and he has incorporated navy and white lines into designs ranging from gowns embellished with ostrich feathers to sheer lace maxi dresses. Gaultier, himself, is often seen sporting a classic Breton striped shirt.  Recently both D&G and Douglas Hannant have offered fresh takes on the classic print.

The best part of Breton stripes is that they are fit for any occasion, and here we show you how to incorporate them seamlessly into your closet.

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Ready for the Weekend

Preen Line Floral-print stretch-denim shorts
Isée By Fleur Tang breton top

Rebecca Minkoff Rebeccaminkoff-10lilbctr2
House of Harlow Chevron Five Station Necklace, Gold
Argila Women’s A824 Wedge Sandal

A Breton striped shirt is the most classic and versatile piece to have in your wardrobe. It works with anything from black denim trousers to a flouncy skirt.  Here, we’ve paired it with a pair of Preen printed shorts and Argila sandals.  A gorgeous emerald Rebecca Minkoff cross-body adds a rich dose of color for a fun weekend look.

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Date Ready

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Toga striped jersey dress
Style Tryst Studded Faux Leather Bracelet
Chloe “CH18022” Ivory/Nude High Platform Wedge Sandal
Stella McCartney Monogrammed cotton-canvas tote
Jenny Jenny Tassel earrings

Who says stripes can’t be sexy? Vivienne Westwood’s form fitting dress proves otherwise, and when paired with simple, yet eye-catching jewelry, offers a va-va voom effect.  Muted Chloe platforms and a Stella McCartney tote add a touch of elegance.

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 From Nine to Five

Steffen Schraut Cream Sailor Stripe Blazer
Chloé PLEATED WIDE LEGGED SILK TROUSERS
Equipment Daddy Colorblock Blouse
Pierre Hardy CANVAS AND LEATHER PLATFORM SANDALS
Franny Canvas Clutch

This elegant Steffan Schraut blazer is perfect for a chilly, air-conditioned office and works well paired with bright silk trousers.  A navy Equipment blouse compliments the blazer and trousers perfectly.  Add a splash of color with Pierre Hardy platforms and you’ll have a polished yet chic outfit for work.