The Breton Stripe Top

Your wardrobe isn’t truly complete without a Breton top. Worn traditionally by the French Navy but made famous by no other than Coco Chanel, this simple top will never go out of style. I’m a bit of a sucker for collecting Breton’s and as soon as the sun starts shining they all come out, from classic navy or red to updated with ruffles and bows- chic and versatile.

Here are seven Breton stripe tops your wardrobe needs right now so you can Chan(n)el your Parisian cool.

St James Meridame Striped Breton Top £65– Depuis 1889 in Normandy- The OG of Breton Tops, I picked one up in Paris a few years ago and love the story behind the company and quality of the fabric.

Boden Olive Top £35 – Classic navy and ecru colours updated with ruffles for weekend fun.

Comme des Garçons Lilac Long Sleeved Tee £84– The perfect colour for this season with the iconic heart motif, also available in red, navy green and yellow.

Arket Organic Cotton Striped Top £35– Arket is the the place to go for wardrobe essentials – sunny yellow, boatneck style and sustainable cotton – win.

Chinti & Parker Blue Stripe Lemon Sweater £225– Chinti & Parker can always be relied upon for fun and playful sweaters and jumpers and this one is no exception- love this sweater.

& Other Stories Striped Long Sleeve Tee £27 £16– Available in a few colours, but this bubblegum pink colour is on sale at the moment and is a bargain.

Zara Puffed Sleeve Top £19.99– Puffed sleeves tops are everywhere this season and this one is great with the lovely gold button detailing and fitted style- pair with high waisted jeans or an a-line skirt.

The Linen Update

Fresh, natural, sustainable and chic- linen is your new best friend for the Summer. If you haven’t already spotted some amazing linen pieces in almost every shop at the moment here are my favourite finds for this season.

H&M Balloon Sleeved Linen Blouse £34.99– Yellow is one of my favourite colours for this season, this top is slightly cropped with a wide neck-line and is very flattering on. Wear with high waisted jeans and a pair espadrilles for the perfect day look.

& Other Stories Floral Linen Ruffle Dress £99– Florals, puffed sleeves, wrap style and ruffles- all the makings of a perfect ultra feminine dress. I adore this dress- watch the website closely as it’s not available to buy yet!

M&S Linen Striped Jumpsuit £49.50– A great jumpsuit for Spring and Summer, I love the natural colour and the tie waist which is great for your figure. It’s versatile and elagant, whether you’re wearing it to work or socially and a matching jacket is available too.

Innika Choo Ruffled Embroidered Wrap Dress £210– This dress is so beautiful in pastel tones and ruffles. Summer wedding abroad? This is the dress you need. Innika Choo is an Aussie designer based in Bali and has gained huge popularity in the last few years through none other than Instagram. She has a whole collection of linen and cotton dresses that are just wonderful.

Toast Linen Check Dress £170– A simple and stylish pinafore style midi dress is a summer wardrobe classic and this one from Toast is perfect.

Mango Linen Dress £35.99– A great price and available in three colours, this dress is also classic wardrobe staple and maybe slightly reminiscent of your school summer uniform dress?

Three Graces Seton Linen Maxi Dress £500– I love the golden yellow hue of this dress along with the halter neck and gathered detailing, it looks great with or without the belt at the waist and definitely needs to be in your suitcase ready for your Summer getaway.

Uniqlo Linen Shirt £29.90– Uniqlo just launched a whole new linen collection which includes this shirt in fourteen colours. The lilac is my favourite, followed closely by the dark green and looks fab with a high waisted skirt or jeans.

Nicholas Belted Linen Midi Dress £498– One of my favourite pieces for this season- I just love the oversized resin and wooden buttons with the waist belt and the rich creamy colour is just wonderful. Pair with a wooden clutch and barely there ankle tie sandals.

Whistles Green Double Breasted Blazer £139– for a pop of colour to your wardrobe go for this bold green linen blazer and pair with a white broderie blouse and jeans or there is a matching pair of trousers available too.

Reserved Linen Coat £74.99 – This chic cream linen trench is oh so cool and will see you through the Spring and Summer.