When pulling together a capsule wardrobe there are a few things you definitely want to include: a leather jacket, a white summer dress and the perfect pair of jeans, to name just a few. One item you also shouldn’t go without is a versatile Breton top.
First worn by the French navy and loved by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, they’re now synonymous with effortlessly cool Parisian style. They’re also a favourite of Kate Middleton who has been seen wearing them out with tailored culottes and skinny jeans, and Meghan Markle who paired hers with black skinnies and suede Stuart Weitzman boots.
Shop the look for yourself with our pick of the best striped Breton tops available to buy online now.
Short sleeve Breton, £25, Boden
Boden’s highly-recommended Breton top comes in several different shades, from timeless navy and ivory to vibrant yellow and pink.
Sailor top, £29.95, Sea Salt
Sea Salt knows how to do nautical, and this simple Breton top is a wardrobe staple for all seasons.
Relaxed Breton stripe sweater, £65, & Other Stories
& Other Stories’ relaxed Breton would look great thrown on over just about anything.
Mango striped cotton t-shirt, £19.99, John Lewis
Mango might have created the perfect everyday striped top with this relaxed style. It hangs just right and looks far more expensive than its £19.99 price tag.
Victoria Beckham Breton striped long-sleeved top, £190, Farfetch
Trust VB to nail a modern take on the classic Breton. This new season long-sleeved top is slightly oversized and features a logo patch on the front.
Boxy Breton, £85, ME + EM
We love Me + Em’s boxy fit Breton styled with a masculine cut shirt underneath.
Stripe slash top, £16.50, Coast
Coast’s classic Breton tee was made for easy styling.
Iconic Breton top, £84, Petite Bateau
This cotton jersey Breton by French brand Petit Bateau is the perfect transitional piece.
Esprit organic cotton T-shirt in Breton stripe, £19, La Redoute
We love the subtle red detail on this casual crew-neck Breton by Esprit.
Whistles Breton stripes cotton top, £49, Selfridges
With dropped shoulders and a slouchy fit, Whistles’ boyfriend-style Breton top is the ultimate throw on and go.
Pure cotton striped T-shirt, £7.50, Marks & Spencer
Lightweight with a straight silhouette, this M&S Breton top is great for layering.
Superdry Breton tee, £13.99, eBay
This cotton tee from Superdry is an oversized staple; tuck into mom jeans or wear with skinnies.
Striped boatneck T-shirt, £44, J.Crew
We can always count on J.Crew for classic, high-quality styles.
Chinti and Parker Breton jumper, £195, Farfetch
Made from a super fine cashmere blend and with red heart detail, Chinti and Parker’s Breton jumper is exactly what we want to be wearing on spring evenings.
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