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Parisian Chic: Three Ways to Wear Breton Stripe Shirts

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Top: J.Crew (similar on sale here & here)
Shorts: Old Navy (on sale for $10!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman

 Close followers may still remember my posts about three different stripe tops on Olivia Palermo and my favorite multi-stripe piece from Marc by Marc Jacobs. Today we will focus on one particular stripe top: the Breton stripe shirt, especially those with some pure white part on the top, just like all the shirts we featured today.

As I mentioned in my previous post, Breton stripes got its name back in 1889, when it first became popular with Breton workers because of its versatility and easy to wear. But its fashion value was discovered by Coco Chanel nearly 30 year later, around 1920s.  Thanks to this legendary designer, this pattern became a loveliness among the haute-bourgeois and now it’s already a staple piece in almost every woman’s wardrobe.

I personally love this kind of shirt for two more reasons: First, the extra white part around the neckline. Color white flatters all skin tones, so it’s always a good idea to have some white around your face. This kind of shirt applies just that: it still has all the classic beauty of a nautical shirt, but brings more crisp and flattering results. Second, less stripes compared to a classic nautical shirt. Keep in mind that all the repeating patterns exaggerate the parts they cover, horizon stripe is no exception. But with more white space on the top or bottom, which means less horizon lines, this kind of Breton stripe shirt is certainly a better choice.

Now we have enough reasons to get our hands on them, let’s take a cue from these ladies and start to style our own!

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Top: Monrow (on sale now, also here; similar here)
Shorts: Topshop (leather version is also a perfect choice for this look )
Sunglasses: Prada (great buy here & here)
Bag: Alexander Wang (also here & here; similar here)

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Top: Saint James (love love this blouse version)
Bottom: J Brand Denim
Shoes: Asos

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