03 Feb A sign of Spring :: The Timeless Breton Stripe
Daffodils, tulip magnolias, almond blossoms. Among these early signs of spring is the breton stripe.
The breton stripe was first introduced for the French Navy; the original design sported 21 stripes (one for each of Napoleon’s victories) and what we now call a “boat” neckline. The pattern made sailors easy to spot against the waves, and the practical and comfortable knit made it an instant favorite. So how did this practical uniform with an eye on safety make the jump to iconic fashion piece?
Coco Chanel introduced the design in her 1917 collection. The collection was inspired by a recent trip to the French seaside; and the casual feel of the boxy knit top was a hit with modern women wanting to free themselves from the confines of the corset.
Since then, the breton stripe has endured as a classic yet always fresh look. The essence of casual French, pair one with jeans and a scarf; or pair it with a skinny cigarette pant. Dress it up with pearls and a skirt, add some leggings and throw on a moto jacket to give
the pearls an edge. From Coco Chanel to Jean Paul Gautier, Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean to Kurt Cobain — stripes are a great investment basic that you can wear for years. You can read more about the breton stripe and see an image gallery at Wikifashion.
And after you’re inspired, take a look at the stripes now at Haute Again Consignment – just the breath of fresh air you need to take you from now into Spring.