It's pretty common knowledge that the Breton shirt is an icon of Parisian style. It's slightly less known that it was part of the uniform of the French Navy beginning in the late 1800s. Did you know, however, it entered the realm of fashion through a nautical-inspired collection in 1917 by Coco Chanel herself? Since then, it has been made further popular by a number of artists and fashion icons: Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Jean-Paul Gaultier and more.
Pretty impressive, huh? But for the fashion plebeians like me (haha), a Breton shirt is simply the 'stripey' shirt that looks good with almost anything. Here are two ways I've styled this iconic item of French chic...
#1 Dress it Down
Click through to see the second outfit after the jump!