MMM: 10 of the best Breton tops

So this week I took the toddler and the baby to the park. The sun was shining, there were kids skipping, ice-cream being consumed and general happiness everywhere.

There were also a LOT of Breton striped tops. Cool mums wearing theirs with cropped boyfriend jeans and Converse, posh mums wearing theirs with chinos and a scarf, while daring mums wore theirs with cut-offs. Well, I did say it was sunny.

The sailor top has become a style constant, seen on everyone from Brigitte Bardot and Jackie Kennedy back in the day, to modern day icons like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung today.

And everyone does them – the authentic, the classic, the cheap, expensive, baggy, fitted, 3/4 sleeve, long sleeve, vests. And some have a cool, modern twist on the original.

Armor.Lux and St James are both properly French, for properly naval-garb-wearing types. They are also supposedly very hard-wearing and wash well.

Toast, Whistles and Reiss are a bit pricier, but their thicker material and quality finish means you will come back to them year after year.

So here are ten great Breton stripes – as picked by me.

Painter stripe bateau tee £32.67, J Crew

Main image: J Crew

  1.  Breton striped top, £80, Jaeger at John Lewis
  2. Breton sailor £78, Chinti & Parker at
  3. Authentic stripe, Saint James, approx £25, available from Arthur Beale
  4.  Long sleeve mariniere, £50, Petit Bateau
  5. Long sleeve Breton stripe, £25, Boden
  6. Matelot stripe, £32, French Connection
  7. Regatta stripe, £45, Jigsaw
  8. Stripe jersey tee, £59, Toast
  9. Stripe print jersey, £49, Reiss



  • Comments ( 3 )

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    These are wonderful, I like each and every one. And I’m loving the blog!

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    The Nautical Company

    Hello Erica, great selection of Breton tops. Being originally from Brittany we cannot not love our stripes, it is almost in our veins ! We would love you to check our boutique for more Breton tops ideas – we sell the authentic (Saint James & Le Minor bien sur) and some other French labels. We have a fab picture of the Saint James Naval top (your No3), Alexa Chung style, we would be happy to share if interested.
    Until then, looking forward to reading more of your posts, Sandrine 🙂

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