What’s cooler than cool? Ever owned a Breton shirt?
The classic striped shirt from Brittany, France is once again being called the must-have item of the spring season.
Long a fashion classic, the breton shirt (marinière) is a cotton long-armed shirt with horizontal blue and white stripes. The international press are all recommending including stripes into our wardrobes as the sunny days arrive.
Here are a few examples of what they are saying:
The Sunday Times 📰 Stripes are the spring style rule
Yahoo! Style 📰 Fashion Experts Are Suddenly Back Into Breton Tops—These 22 Outfits Prove It
The Guardian 📰 Ahoy there! How to wear the new nautical trend
So the fashion world is loving stripes this year, but what is the real history behind the Breton shirt?
The history of the breton shirt
The tale of the Breton begins in 1858, when the French navy adopted a white cotton pullover with horizontal indigo blue stripes as its official uniform. Because of the contrast of the indigo stripes against the white main body of the uniform, as seamen fell overboard, it was easier to spot them. The shirt also had three-quarter length sleeves and a boat neckline — a low cut hem around the neck — so it could be quickly removed and waved around, making the missing sailor easy to find. The Breton originally had twenty-one stripes, a reference to Napoleon's twenty-one naval victories over the English. It was made by independent tailors in Brittany, a cottage industry of sorts. “The body shall have 21 white stripes, each twice as wide as the 20 or 21 navy blue stripes,” according to the Act. A striped cotton shirt is now known as a Breton shirt, regardless of the thickness and number of stripes, as well as the color of the stripes.
Where to find a real breton shirt
Looking to be in-style, then don't just pick up any old stripe shirt. Find a real one that is Made in Brittany. Known for their style and quality these Breizh Amerika selections are some of the best true originals.
Le Minor - Since 1922, Le Minor has been manufacturing clothing in Brittany inspired by the marine life for men, women and children.
Armor Lux - Created in 1938 in Quimper, Armor Lux has become an iconic French fashion brand, famous for the originality of its clothes inspired by the sea, and the commitment to produce the highest quality knits from its factories in the celtic region of Britany, France.
Ready to never go out of style? Wear a breton shirt today. 😎
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