How to Wear a Breton Stripe

A Breton stripe shirt or jumper has long been a classic in many a wardrobe since they were designed in France in the late 1800s. In shades of navy and white or cream, they’re a classic choice that can be worn in many different ways. You don’t have to look like a sailor when you wear a Breton stripe! The colour choices have expanded, with stripes appearing in many different shades. The famous look also comes in knits, dresses and t-shirts, allowing you to find a stripe to suit any outfit.

Last week, I wore this outfit for a day out with my little ones. 


Top (Emerson – Big W) – Jacket (Jeans West) – Jeans (Tasmin Thermolite Super Skinny – Jeans West) – Boots (Diana Ferrari ‘Percy’) – Scarf (Rubi Shoes)

It’s a casual look that I love for shopping or lunch, but can also be worn to a low key dinner and dressed up with accessories. 

If you like the look of a Breton stripe, I have done some virtual window shopping for you. My top picks of t-shirts, knits and dresses are below.


1. Forever 21  2. Long Tall Sally 3. ASOS 4. DKNY 5. River Island 6. Jag

Whether worn with jeans, black pants or a skirt, the Breton stripe is a classic look that you can have a lot of fun with. Pair a knit with loafers and a blazer for a preppy look, or a dress with tights and boots for a Winter staple. 

How would you style a Breton stripe? Do you own any stripey tops?


4 thoughts on “How to Wear a Breton Stripe

  1. I have always loved stripped clothes. I wear them all the time.I find them very flattering and versatile. Your outfit looks great 🙂

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