It’s time to re-boot your Breton
As I tend to use my long-sleeved, striped t-shirts for layering, it’s at this time of year, rather than the summer months, when the Breton top comes in to its own. An absolute master of multi-tasking, this chic base layer looks the business beneath boiler suits, tunic dresses, pinafores and dungarees. In this case, peeping below a leather shirt.
Some of my favourites striped tops are from Saint James (for a looser fit try the men’s or the unisex collection) and I have a couple of navy and black striped Bretons from an old Ines de La Fressange at Uniqlo collaboration. Petit Bateau is worth a look, as is Gudrun Sjoden who loves a good colour combo and uses eco-cotton, ‘Designing with a long lifespan has been my most important contribution to a greener world,’ says the Swedish maximalist.
Style Notes: Striped t-shirt, from Gap. Leather shirt was a gift from Hobbs. Jeans are second-hand Levi’s 501s. The leather belt is an old J&M Davidson and my necklace is from Claire Stratton. Trainers are from Grenson. The loafer-mules in the second outfit photo are Russell & Bromley Della Casa, borrowed for the shoot and returned.
Photography: Neil Mackenzie Matthews