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18 pictures that prove Breton stripes are always chic

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

Scotch & Soda Signature Breton Stripe Top
Scotch & Soda Signature Breton Stripe Top

THE ICONIC

Vero Moda Yenge Off-Shoulder 3/4 Striped Top
Vero Moda Yenge Off-Shoulder 3/4 Striped Top

THE ICONIC

The Fifth City Safari Long Sleeve Top
The Fifth City Safari Long Sleeve Top

Beginning Boutique

Daisy Street Stripe T-Shirt with Contrast Trim
Daisy Street Stripe T-Shirt with Contrast Trim

ASOS

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is the Editor of the Shopping section at finder. She has a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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