Stripes are a big part of French fashion. If you want to dress in French classic style, then get your hands on something striped. Traditionally called “la marinière”, it takes inspiration from the French naval uniform and got it’s fashion debut by none other than Coco Chanel.
Today the “la marinière” is a symbol of French culture and worn by men, women and children alike. When it comes to wardrobe basics, "la marinière" aka the Breton knit is as essential as a black blazer or a good pair of jeans. Every well thought out wardrobe has one.
WHAT DO I WEAR WITH MY STRIPED SWEATER?
Breton stripes have made their way back on the fashion radar. If you own a striped sweater or want to buy one, then you probably already have a bunch of items in your wardrobe to go with it.
What I love about the striped sweater is that it’s easy to wear and can be matched with almost anything. You can throw it on and be out the door in seconds. You can also dress it up, and make it look classy. Here are a few ways I like to wear my striped sweater.
6 WAYS TO STYLE A STRIPED SWEATER
STRIPED SWEATERS WITH WHITE TROUSERS
A classic yet elegant way to style your Breton knit is with a pair of white trousers. You really can't go wrong with this look. Not only does it look great but it can be easily accessorized, and dressed up or down at a moment's notice.
STRIPED SWEATERS WITH JEANS
Striped sweaters and jeans make for a more casual look. An easy wear whether you're going on a coffee date or out for a bit of shopping. This outfit can be paired with ballet flats, loafers, boots or your favourite pair of sneakers.
STRIPED SWEATERS WITH A TRENCH
The Breton knit coupled with a trench coat is the epitome of French style. It is simple, understated and makes a great daytime look especially if you're heading to the office.
STRIPED SWEATERS WITH COLOR
A fun twist to a traditional piece is to add a pop of color. Breton knits harmonise well with just about every color of the rainbow. Pairing your striped sweater with red accessories or even a coat looks very chic. Complete your ensemble with a red beret for the ultimate French look.
STRIPED SWEATER WITH PRINTS
Wearing prints on prints is very fashion forward. Give your striped sweater outfit an edge by combining it with prints like tweed, houndstooth, or animal prints.
STRIPED SWEATER WITH SKIRTS
Play up your feminine side by matching your striped sweater with a skirt. Breton knits look fabulous with skirts of any length. Try a knee length skirt for a classic work outfit or a shorter version if you want to be more playful.