Many of you will know that I am mad about Stripes. I’ve held a strong affection for stripes for as long as I can remember. A classic Breton style is the epitome of Parisian and Riviera chic style. It’s a timeless classic that keeps being reinvented with a new and different look.
The Breton Stripe is of course derived from France. It was introduced by the Act of France in 1858 as uniform to French Navy Seaman in Brittany to locate overboard seamen. The first design was referred to as either the Mariniere or Matelot and is said to include 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. This uniform was also popular with Breton workers, Sailors and Seafairers throughout Northern France. The style has enjoyed much popularity since its inception. I love the traditional boat neck style and white-navy blue colours of the original Breton, which are so classic and chic.
Praise to Madam Coco Chanel for bringing this style to light after being inspired by French Sailors on a holiday at the Riviera. She introduced the iconic style in 1917 in her Nautical range, and established the legendary Breton top with wide flared trousers look.
Since then, the striped look has been embraced by the likes of many icons from earlier era’s such as, Marilyn Munroe, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Brigitte Bardot, and Audrey Hepburn.
Its easy to see why its still regarded highly in the fashion world. It’s chic and simple, yet can look glamorous and sophisticated. Some of my current favourite style icons who don the stripes include, Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, and Olivia Palermo.
I’m so excited that stripes in every dimension are big yet again for Spring 2013, used by many fantastic designers such as; Vivienne Westwood, Paul & Joe, Jonathan Saunders, Moschino, Luisa Beccaria, Marc Jacobs, Temperley London, Balenciagga and many more. Here’s a selection of my favourite designer SS 2013 striped pieces.
Paul & Joe
Dolce & Gabbana
Watch this space for my top selection of high-street striped styles!