BON VOYAGE! SAIL AWAY IN THIS SPRING STAPLE

James Dean

James Dean

words by DANIELLE RANSOM • Fashion

Before they became a wardrobe staple, Breton stripes were worn by French sailors as part of their naval uniform. Some say that Coco Chanel turned the maritime print into a fashion statement while others contend it was just a byproduct of its time. Either way, the rest was history.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Curt Cobain

Curt Cobain

Madonna

Madonna

The la marinière became an immediate all around the globe, from Parisian icon Brigitte Bardot to American sex symbol James Dean.  The simple yet svelte silhouette even won over renowned painter Pablo Picasso, who was so in love with the style, he came up with his own version of it.

Peek into the closets of the French, and you’ll likely find at least one striped sailor tee or Breton wool sweater. It invokes a sense of ease and comfort. Think Audrey Hepburn in the 1956 film ‘Funny Film’. Breton stripes timeless appeal traces back to their simplicity. They are as much a closet essential as a white tee.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Jean Seberg

Jean Seberg

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Designers like French label Saint James have seamlessly combined the classic silhouette with more contemporary leanings, making it perfect for a day at the beach, cocktail hour, or even on the runway. Whether you lean towards a straight nautical interpretation or go for Parisian chic, these classic stripes lend an effortless touch to any look. You don’t have to set sail to enjoy this spring staple.


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