Some sartorial pieces never go out of style. Take the classic Breton striped shirt. Developed in 1858 as the uniform for the French navy, the Breton, named after the northwest city of Brittany where the country’s seamen were based, was designed to help find sailors who’d fallen overboard. It features 21 stripes—one for each of Napoleon’s victories against the British. Legendary designer Coco Chanel loved the look so much that she incorporated the Breton into her 1917 nautical collection and, over time, inspired legions of famous stars to sport the stripes, including Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kate Moss, and Alexa Chung. Here, we round up 6 stylish Breton shirts at $75 or less that can fit seamlessly into your Labor Day weekend wardrobe and beyond. Click on the gallery above to see our striped picks.
ME+EM Breton Cobalt and White Top
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has sported this nautical shirt by ME+EM, $64.06, meandem.com, which features a scoop neckline and ruched detailing at the hem.
Mouchette Breton Striped Tee
Soft-knit cotton, slouchy fit, and a banded neckline make this Breton tee by Mouchette, $34, urbanoutfitters.com, a must-have item any time of the year.
Le Minor Red and Navy Striped Breton Top
Show off your red, white, and blue this Labor Day weekend with a fresh take on the Breton shirt by Le Minor, $65.39, thenauticalcompany.com.
Gap Stripe Scope Tee
Easy to wear and easy to love, this cap-sleeved stripe tee by the Gap, $26.95, gap.com, goes equally well with jeans and sneakers as it does with suit pants and a blazer.
Sperry Top-Sider Breton Stripe Boat Neck Top
Look chic anywhere with this navy and ivory chiffon boat neck Breton top by Sperry Top-Sider, $75, sperrytopsider.com, featuring a subtle keyhole closure at the back.
The Original Breton Shirt Company
The Original Breton Shirt Company Original Breton Shirt
There's nothing boring about being traditional, especially when it comes to this top by The Original Breton Shirt Company, $39.97, bretonshirt.co.uk, made from 100% knitted unbleached cotton in France.
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