Everlasting style items 2: The breton top

The striped breton top, as we know it today, came into life after the French navy introduced it as uniform for all seaman in Brittany. It was brought back in to the public view during the early 1950’s by Marlon Brando and James Dean. Since then it has occupied a spot on every ‘must have clothing’ list.

Over time the cut and colours have varied, but the basic design of thin black stripes on a neutral background has remained unchanged. It’s perennial status is largely down to its versatility. A good fitting Breton top works equally well with shorts and deck shoes, as it does with a navy suit. Full length, 3/4 length or short sleeves can be chosen depending on your body shape.


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