Yes, you can wear stripes!

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Stripes are everywhere this season, and thankfully for us they're the perfect easy-to wear trend. A great figure fixer and perfectly on-trend; what's not to love?!

…And it’s not hard to see why! Originally created as part of the uniform for all French navy seamen in Brittany, it’s a design that’s since been worn by – well, practically everyone – including royalty!

It was Coco Chanel who originally brought the Breton top into the fashion world back in the early 1900s, and since then, the style has been a favourite of Audrey Hepburn, Audrey Tatou and our very own Duchess of Cambridge.

Catherine often turns to the style when she’s dressing down at weekends. Pictured here back in June at a polo club, the Duchess keeps it simple and pairs hers with comfy jeans and flats for the ultimate laid-back weekend style. It’s a look that’s been emulated over and over again since, and one that can work for any shape and size.

Forget what you’ve heard – stripes aren’t unflattering. In fact, they can often be completely the opposite. A thin stripe is instantly slimming, while of course we all know that vertical stripes will draw the eye downwards, creating a longer and slimmer sillhouette. Choose according to your shape – pear shapes will look great in a Breton top, while apple shapes can make the most of their legs in a dress or striped trousers.

Click through to shop the style Catherine loves, then discover our top striped style buys for the season ahead…

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