Our Pick Of The Best Breton Tops

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  • The easiest way to look stylish this season? A stripy top of course...

    The Breton top has come a long way. From humble beginnings back in1858 as a uniform designed for the French Navy (it was hoped that the stripes would help sailors to spot anyone who fell overboard) to it’s modern day style status as a wardrobe staple – we’re even going as far as to ditch the classic white t-shirt for something a little more inventive, but just as versatile.

    Stripes are easy to style, and can be slotted into basically anyone’s wardrobe, seeing you through everything from the school run to a lunch party. Wear your favourite striped top with a camel hued trench and light wash jeans on the weekend, or pair it with a cocktail skirt for a dressed up, evening look.

    Worried that you can’t pull the look off? Despite common belief stripes are not unflattering. Choose the right
    stripe and you will wear it forever – you just need to find a style that suits you (long sleeved, short sleeved, fitted, loose).

    Kate Middleton is often spotted donning a stripy breton tee, and if there’s anyone we’re willing to take our style cues from, it is most definitely the Duchess of Cambridge. Practical, versatile and stylish, a striped top is the ultimate investment buy. So where to start? This classic design from White Stuff, £25, in a new colourway is a great option. Three-quarter length sleeves suit everyone, and red will brighten up your jeans for an easy weekend look. It’s that simple!

    Flick through our gallery to find even more of the best Breton tops – some even come with a quirky twist…