Breton Stripes Are Making a Comeback

November 13, 2014

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424 Fifth "Amour" Bretton Stripe Shirt

The fashion industry is notoriously known for being cyclical and revisiting the past for inspiration. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to fashion history so when an oldie but goodie resurrects itself as a current “Must-Have”, I tend to get a bit excited. This fall one of my go-to American brands for affordable luxury, 424 Fifth, has brought back the classic Breton stripped shirt, which just so happens to match new newly dip dyed blue locks.

424 Fifth Breton Striped Amour Shirt

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Horizontal stripes are feared by many, but I actually think this piece looks great on anybody and 424 Fifth gives several reasons as to why you should own one this season; it’s easy to wear, well priced, casual and versatile.

424 Fifth Breton Striped Amour Shirt

A little history on the Breton stripe…most make the assumption it derives from the U.S. and associate it with the “American Chic” aesthetic, however it actually originated in a French province that occupies the peninsula between the English Channel and Bay of Bicay, which explains it’s nautical affiliation. This long sleeved shirt traditionally has stripes that begins around the breast bone and has a boat neck.

424 Fifth Breton Stripe Amour Shirt

Although this trend has appeared in runway collections by Jean Paul Gaultier and Balmain in previous years, I have more of an affinity to the pared-down take on this classic. For a casual yet chic afternoon look last weekend, I pushed up my sleeves on this slightly oversized Breton shirt with the French word for “love” in sequins across the front, paired it with the brand’s wool knitted flare skirt and seasonally appropriate heels. I was in a flirtatious mood on Sunday and decided to roll the top of the skirt to reveal more leg but when worn the way it’s intended, it’s actually several inches longer making it perfect for the office. My watch has a very special story and not only does it look good but it does good as well. This particular 1 Face Watch style raises money to help alleviate hunger and eradicate poverty around the world and one watch equals food for 16 people.

Vince Camuto Sarmienta Heels

424 Fifth Breton Stripe Amour ShirtPhotography by Nathalia Allen AMillionMinds.ca (@AMillionMinds)

What I’m Wearing: “Amour” Pleated Back Top (also comes in red & white here) c/o 424 Fifth // Knitted Wool Flare Skirt c/o 424 Fifth // Heels c/o Vince Camuto // Sunglasses by RayBan // Watch c/o 1 Face Watch  // Clutch c/o Nella Bella Brand

424 Fifth can be found exclusively in stores at Hudson’s Bay in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the US and can be purchased online on both retailer’s websites. For my inspiration and style tips, make sure to follow the brand on Instagram.

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