I have always loved a striped top, and am a firm believer that all colour ways and styles will be staples in your wardrobe - especially for Spring. Somehow a Breton manages to look chic and relaxed, put together and just thrown on, all at the same time. If you have yet to add a Breton to your wardrobe, I am about to make it nigh on impossible for you not to succumb to this iconic item of clothing. Once you have given in, you will seriously wonder how you ever managed without it!
The obvious first timer staple has to be in the ever gorgeous white/ecru with navy stripes. The original is from St James and is a very heavy fabric...perhaps too weighty for summer I dare venture?
If you are looking to buy a a slightly less heavy, last forever, version; spend a tiny bit more and go for the Petit Bateau one. It hangs well and has not even the slightest bit of clinginess (in case you were worried about that?). As well as the colour way shown below, it comes in navy with ecru stripe (and yes this IS very different!) as well as turquoise stripes on a sea green/blue background.
By all accounts and reviews the Toast Bretons are amazing too and finding one in such a gorgeous red is quite tricky....
If you are not sure this is a style you will embrace enough for that price tag (but I promise you will!) have a look at Boden. Their version is a much lighter cotton (great for warmer weather as seen on the bikini clad model) and comes in every colour of the rainbow. It also has full length sleeves which can be a godsend on chillier days?
Or Zara has a not so classic but very wearable version...
Or have a browse through the Joules website (not somewhere I can often be found) and there are a multitude of colours, stripe sizes and fits... who can resist a bright orange to show some Springtime spirit?
Equally useful under a blazer or jacket (or both, and with a coat over top at present!) is a short sleeved version like this one at H&M. Gorgeous with any version of denim bottoms you own, as well as any leather pants or luxe joggers. Add your trainers or super-flats for daytime wear and throw on a heel and some neon dangly earrings to go out later.
Or if you want to cover several trends in one item, go for the khaki stripe T-Shirt at Jigsaw, new in this week. Perfect for those of us who can't wear khaki without looking ill! It does come in navy and red as well, so all your bases are covered if you like this one.
If you are still sitting on the fence (and please don't believe a word about horizontal stripes not being right for the ample bosom - it is all in the cut of the top!), these Pinterest images will surely help?
Let me know if I convinced you?