A little bit French and a whole lot cool.
In 1917, Coco Chanel released a nautical collection inspired by the uniforms of the French Navy. The uniform features a knitted white shirt featuring 21 navy stripes, one for each of Napoleon's victories. Chanel took this idea and transformed it into the Breton top which very quickly became a symbol of class and style.
Today, Breton stripes are everywhere - striped shirts are plastered along the high-streets and almost every designer has included this style in one of their collections. Nearly 100 years on, this classic style has certainly stood the test of time and is still an iconic symbol of style.
Scroll through these 18 pictures that prove Breton stripes will always be effortlessly chic.
Breton stripes to shop now
Stripe Slouch Tee $48
ASOS Sleeveless V Neck Body In Stripe
Scotch & Soda Signature Breton Stripe Top
Ruby Monochrome Stripe Mini Skirt
Amber Lace Up Rope Stripe Bodysuit
Vero Moda Yenge Off-Shoulder 3/4 Striped Top
Bardot Stripe Skivvy Top
The Fifth City Safari Long Sleeve Top
Daisy Street Stripe T-Shirt with Contrast Trim
ASOS Crop Top In Stripe Mesh
Atmos&Here Dean Stripe Dress
Atmos&Here Izzy Crop Top