April 30, 2012: A classic navy striped cotton top, also called "Breton Top" - is a closet essential for any fashionista (especially if your style is Classy or Sporty). Its design has become synonymous to chic Parisian style! It adds a whiff of non-chalant, nautical air that is sure to polish any ensemble.
It was Coco Chanel who popularized this timeless, sporty top style during the war at her shop in Deauville in France. It is said that she took this print-inspiration from the French fishermen during a trip to the French Riviera. And it is now worn by some of today's top fashionistas such as Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung!
Fashion advice on how to select a Breton top
The huge plus with a Breton top is that the print and boatneck style of the top are timeless (gosh they’ve been around forever and won't ever go out of style!) and very versatile.
It can be worn in so many ways – and it adds an interesting pop of print texture to your outfit. You can “edge it up”, prettify it, trendify it, or how ever you wish to interpret it. It also serves as a great transitional piece - taking you from spring to summer, or summer to autumn.
You can also pair it against other prints and colors without looking too much. I dare you to try it with patterns such as floral, tribal, polkadots and leopard!
Here are a couple of more fashion tips:
Blue-and-white stripes are a classic, but so is black-with-white. Stripes in a neutral are your best choice because they go with anything.
Another tip for looking your best in a navy-striped top is to select a stripe-print scaled to your body scale. So if you’re petite, work with slim, narrow stripes; large stripes if you’re a plus size. Or if you're a petite plus size go for a medium-scale. Something in the middle? Then you'll be able to pull off most print sizes - but a medium-scale may be the best option for you.
If you're afraid of looking bigger in horizontal stripes - try narrow stripes. These create an illusion of a "ladder-effect" that encourages the eye to climb up the body (it has a slimming effect!), rather then to the sides. You can also prevent the stripes from widening your body frame by throwing on an unbuttoned jacket or cardigan to break up the print.
If you haven’t gotten a hold of these classic must-own tops yet and you wish to define your Classic or Sporty clothing personality – then this spring is the best time to make your purchase!
Now let me give you a couple of ideas on how to style a navy striped top:
Miranda Kerr does it perfectly by pairing the top with a black, edgy leather jacket, black ankle booties and slim khaki pants. Finish off the look by throwing on a pair of wayfarer sunglasses.
Other “edgy” pieces that will make your outfit look super-cool are: Studded bags, leather skirt, colored jeans, baggy jeans, skinny jeans.
Image of Miranda Kerr - courtesy by Flynet
A trick to prettify a classic garment is to combine it with a skirt a pair of heels. I just adore how Karla (KarlasCloset.com) does it by pairing her navy striped top with a sexy bright pink pencil skirt and nude high heel pumps. She upped the chicness with a neutral clutch, vintage tortoise shades and an interesting statement necklace.
Other than this outfit example you might want to look into these flirty pairings: Floral skirt, floral skirt, peplum skirt, wedge sandals, glamorous oversized sunglasses
Image courtesy of Karlascloset.com
Kate Moss took the classy British style route by pairing her striped top with a dark navy blue blazer, skinny jeans and leather bags. But she still managed to chic it up with black ankle booties and cool sunglasses.