Ville de Brighton loves the Breton stripe

A classic Breton top from Saint James
A classic Breton top from Saint James

J’adore stripes…as does half of Brighton. It’s the default pattern for daywear. It screams ‘chic but I’m not trying, honest‘. The nautical look rocks on mamas in parks across the city, on the beach (our deckchairs are blue and white) and on the football pitch (our footballers have the chicest uniform on the pitch…blue and white…go seagulls!).

So where can you find the best nautical stripes? Yes, every high street shop does their version,  but if you are going to France then you get your pick of the best in the world (after all the nautical stripe only became ‘chic’ because a certain Coco Chanel thought the Breton fisherman’s top was a good look). In every seaside boutique from the Riviera to the Côte Fleurie you will find either Les Trois Mats or Saint James – giving serious nautical options that won’t break the bank and will give you a little style français détendu exactly as Coco intended (that’s relaxed French style to you and me…).

Jean Seburg in A Bout de Souffle...one of the best looking films ever
Jean Seberg in A Bout de Souffle…one of the best looking films ever
Audrey Hepburn looking très chic as ever...
Audrey Hepburn looking très chic as ever…
Lost in stripe...
Lost in stripe…

P.S. Just discovered this fabulous website for us Brits to get our hands on a genuine Breton top (without going to France)…The Original Breton Shirt Company…classic.

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