Classic Breton Stripes

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I have recently become obsessed with Breton stripes.  I completely understand that there are more well-known images of stars in this classic look, like Audrey Hepburn, Bridget Bardot, Jean Seberg, Edie Sedgewick and Marilyn Monroe.  But my favorite images of celebrities wearing what I consider a wardrobe “must have” come more from my era, like Meg Ryan in French Kiss and Madonna in Papa Don’t Preach.  The look is so simple and fresh, and so French.  The history of the Breton stripe shirt dates back to the French navy’s official uniform, but has been in fashion most notably through Coco Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier.  In fact, I really do have a history of this type of shirt through one of Gaultier’s own designs with Target in an outfit post (here).  I guess my love for this look runs deeper than I thought!

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I had been hunting for an affordable version of the marinière, and found it at J Crew, complete with a slightly different detail: a fringed hem.  Already a steal at $39.50, I bought it at the Fashion Valley location for an additional 25% off!  I purchased it in a large to get that loose-look as worn by Meg Ryan, but styled it with a leather jacket like Madonna.  I was going to wear my trusty Stan Smiths with them (which I already have because this shirt has rotated twice through my wardrobe in the last week), but opted to give my outfit more of an edge with a pair of rocker shoes by Miista.

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Outfit:  Striped boatneck t-shirt with fringe by J Crew; “Collin” shoes by Miista (no longer available); “Trigger” satchel by Botkier; BCBGeneration leather moto jacket; Old Navy mid-rise cropped flare jeans; “Simone” glasses by Warby Parker in Blue Coral; Topshop hat & belt (no longer available); Leather Depeche Mode wrap bracelet by Little Treasures by Mir; WendyB Rings by Wendy Brandes

(All outfit photos by Rholnna Jiao; movie images searched on Google)

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