10 Breton Tops You’ll Wear Again And Again

Because you can never have too many striped tees.

karlie kloss

by Elizabeth Bennett |
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The humble Breton tee is one item that really deserves its classic status. This perennial piece works whatever the season, whatever your personal style.

First created in the 19th Century for French seamen in Brittany (hence the name Breton), the striped top was first introduced to the fashion world when Coco Chanel included it in her nautical themed collection in 1917. Nowadays this wardrobe staple adds that sense of effortless French chic to any ensemble.

Whether you wear for work with a leather midi, or dress down for the weekend with kick flare jeans, the outfit opportunities are endless.

This is one seriously hard-working buy, and this gives us even more of an excuse to invest in a new one...

Click through the gallery below for our favourites:


Best breton tops.

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Breton stripe top, £25.99, Zara

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Classic Breton T-shirt, £275, Moncler

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Slouchy breton, £80, J Crew

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Striped organic cotton-jersey T-shirt, £90, Chinti & Parker

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Red and navy breton, £29.50, Boden

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Short sleeved breton, £27, & Other Stories

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Red heart breton stripe top, £93, Comme Des Garcons Play

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Breton-stripe fine-knit cashmere sweater, £225, RAEY

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Distressed breton-stripe top, £355, Saint Laurent

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Striped jersey top, £14.99, H&M

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