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.