The original design apparently featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon's victories . It was known as marinière or matelot, the second name is still used as a general term for the lowest enlisted rank in the Navy. In Fashion terms the Breton stripe was first popularised by Coco Chanel...

Legend has it that back in the day French sailors were required to wear Breton stripes – not because the French wanted their mariners to be super fashionable – but because the stripes made the sailors easier to spot in the ocean should they fall overboard. Bottom line: if you're going on a...

This season think stripes, lots of stripes. Always a fave, this time around the classic Breton stripe has stepped aside for a moment to let newer styles enjoy a turn in the spotlight. Diane Kruger amped up the sex appeal with a body hugging red & white mini dress. Daisy Lowe went for a more...

Coach has teamed up with the classic French brand Saint James to bring the famous Breton Stripe to your daily life through bags, shirts, bikinis and more. Yes, there is a bikini. Watch me as I do a little dance around the office. My Coach obsession can now fill every corner of my wardrobe....

However, this season designers have taken a slightly different approach to stripes: they're bigger, bolder and come in block form. Briefly highlighted in our 5 Trends/Pieces To Try in 2014 article, block stripes are set to become menswear's go-to motif this SS14... Block stripes were...

What makes these boots my new favourites has to be the style – I love the studs, they are seriously comfortable, and every time I wear them I can't believe they are only £35 – serious bargain! Do you love autumnal layering? And are you a fan of Breton stripes? My Style: Dorothy Perkins...

A good Breton stripe top is one stylish piece that I'll never fall out of love with and as for block heels...well that's a crush that's getting stronger as I type. Just because I already own more than one but less than five striped tops doesn't mean to say I don't have my eye on more....

its mark at the high end this week is theBreton striped cashmere sweater by Derek Lam. Spun in luxe cashmere and boasting a longer back hem and stylish ribbed trims, this classic-cool piece rings in at an eye-watering £775! Can't stretch to such epic financial proportions for the humble...

Well now you can as an adult thanks to this Vivienne Westwood x Lee Breton Stripe T Shirt! Featuring a trade mark Vivienne Westwood slim fit style this stylish Tee also boasts a ribbed crew neck, Breton stripe pattern with embroidered orb logo to chest, contrast stitching and a logo tag...

Crew Grace Kelly Jean Seberg Via Tumblr Jane Birkin Alexa Chung Zoom Did you know that the original breton striped shirt came with 21 stripes on it? Me neither. Each stripe functioned as a numerical totem that tallied Napoleon's militant victories. It was not until 1917,...

 

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