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Breton stripes & Petit Bateau’s vintage spirit

18 May 2014 No Comment

If I had to choose just one style to wear every summer, it would be the Breton stripe.

Reading between the lines, it says nonchalantly: “I couldn’t be bothered to think too much about my outfit today”. (Whilst blowing cigarette smoke seductively, if we’re going all out with the anthropomorphism). Not because the wearer’s attitude to dressing resembles that of a teenage boy, but rather you have better things to do with your time, you know what looks good and don’t have to try hard to get it right.

Petit Bateau summer stripes

The question I have more difficulty with is which stripes in particular should accompany me on annual jollies to Cornwall and France.

To choose from are several boat-neck cotton tops from French brands APC, Comptoir ded Cotonniers, Crique Privee, Captain Corsaire and Armor Lux – contrasting white with blue, yellow, red and purple – a sailor tunic from J.Crew finished with anchor motif, a drop-waist Topshop dress and cute little shorts from Gap.

To make it easier, I usually just take them all. The light three-quarter-length tops to wear with denim cut-offs in the day, weightier cotton pullovers with jeans on chilly evenings and dresses and shorts down to the beach.

And it’s not just holidays that take the cost-per-wear value of my stripy friends into negative numbers. They attract compliments in the office and offer cotton-soft comfort at home too. Yes, the Breton stripe works hard for women’s wardrobes and in doing so has earned its ‘timeless’ title – never to be neglected or ruled passé by fickle fashions.

Petit Bateau vintage spirit

So, if I’ve sold you on the virtues of this staple summer style, where should you look to stock up your suitcase? Next on my hit-list is Petit Bateau’s Vintage Spirit collection – where Breton stripe dresses, T-shirts and shorts have been updated with contrasting pockets and bows, cute collars and tricolour lacing respectively and cute playsuits, boat motif jumpers and ‘Piscine green’ summer parkas complete the beach-ready look.

Bon voyage, fashion fans…

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