Trends come and trends go. And then there are a few style staples that truly stand the test of time and never go out of fashion. Our favourite? It has to be the Breton tee. Chic, elegant and always understated, it’s a wardrobe essential that works on everyone, regardless of shape, size or age. It was Coco Chanel (who else?) who first introduced the fashion world to Breton stripes, showing nautical designs inspired by sailors’ uniforms in her 1917 collection.

audrey tautou breton top

coco chanel stripes

The easiest way to wear the Breton tee? Nothing balances out the boxy shape, loose fit and horizontal stripes quite like  a pair of fitted, cropped Capri pants. Admirably demonstrated in style by Ms Audrey Hepburn and Ms Brigitte Bardot. Simply add ballet flats et voila!

audrey hepburn breton tee

brigitte bardot breton tee

Alternatively give your stripes a sexy, summery edge and pair with cut-off denim shorts. Wear with leather sandals or white plimsolls for day time, or add killer heels, chunky jewellery and a tailored blazer if you’re going for dinner or drinks.

stripes and shorts

And no, you can never own too many stripes. There’s a stripe for every occasion, and as they’re never going to go out of fashion, it’s style maths that makes sense…

stipes

 

striped tops

 

striped trend summer 2014