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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Breton Addiction

I am officially addicted to Breton tops, from T-shirts to long sleeved jersey versions to sweaters and fine knit jumpers. I am drawn to them all like a magnet and I try to stop adding to my collection, but if I see one in a different colour or a quirky design then I am off again. Luckily I never get bored of them - they are such a wardrobe staple and are practical and casual while still making you look stylish. Adding a blazer can smarten the look and wearing them with ripped jeans can dress them down. The sales are a brilliant time to buy something as classic as a Breton top - here are some of my favourites:

First up, the one that I bought in the Karen Millen sale - I love the dipped hem at the back and the print effect of the stripes:

Brushstroke Striped T-Shirt £35 from £55

The brushstrokes have different shades of blue as well as black in them so it will go with all denim, here I am wearing it with washed black jeans from Mint Velvet:

Top of my wish list is this one in the sale by Chinti & Parker that I first saw on Annemarie's blog Fashion Mum of 40 here. The heart on the front makes it look different:

Chinti & Parket Heart Pocket Stripe Tee £51 from £85

Joules is always fantastic for a good quality classic Breton top. I love this one in powder blue and it also comes in seven other colours:

Powder Blue Cotton Top £24.95

French Connection has this long sleeved tee in a darker colourway, which would look great under a navy jacket in the autumn:

Tim Tim Stripe Top £30

Petit Bateau do the best quality Breton tops - here is a heavier jersey version from their new collection:

Petit Bateau Heavy Jersey Breton £58

And a relaxed fit option in black and charcoal from Toast which would look great with skinny jeans:

Toast Breton Stripe Top £59

And I love the exposed zip on the back of this classic Breton from John Lewis:

John Lewis Zip Back Breton Stripe Top £25

LOVE LOVE LOVE this logo sweater, new in at Whistles, an updated version of the classic Breton:

Stripes Logo Sweat £75

For short sleeved stripey tees, I've always liked H&M. At the moment they have this one in red for
just £6 in the sale:

Striped Top £6

And Seasalt is always worth checking out for their classic Bretons - love this knit in the sale:

St Issey Knitted Jumper £34.96 from £49.95

Yesterday I wore a stripey tee from Anthropologie from a couple of years ago - I like the floral trim around the V-neck and the curved hem. Wearing it here with red jeans from Topshop from about three years ago:

Do you share my love of Breton tops or is there another item of clothing that you are always drawn too?! As always I love to hear from you...

Abbi x


  1. Lol! This post made me do a quick reccie to see how many Breton's I own.....8 that I can think of off the top of my head! I guess that makes me an addict too! Love your Karen Millen one, it's got an edgier feel to it that me likey! xx

    1. I was too embarrassed to say how many I have, so glad I'm not alone in collecting them!
      Abbi x

  2. I love a Breton too, so I am on my way to becoming an addict!
    Sue x

    1. You can never have too many Sue!
      Abbi x

  3. I also have an unhealthy amount of striped tops in my wardrobe, all different colours, long sleeve; short sleeve, vest tops... oh & I may have a *few* stripy dresses too!!! I always love Boden for their Breton tops, always great quality (& of course always buy them in the sale/with a discount code!). I love the Chinti & Parker one too! x

  4. You and me both in every shape or form! Loving your Karen Millen one, it's nice to see a breton with a twist x

  5. Yes my name is annmarie and i am also a breton addict! I am liking your Karen Millen one ( I need to have a look at KM haven't purchased from them for years ) love love the whistles sweatshirt!! Thank you for the shout out & link. Xx

  6. I love your Karen Millen Breton, Abbi, just gorgeous! Love that it's a slightly different take on the Breton. Pi swear by the Boden ones (I have four I think...). Lynne xx

  7. I fear I could be going the same way! Love the C&P one with the heart on it! Too cute! Ax