There’s nothing more French than a Breton Tee… Well, except maybe the Eiffel Tower and smoking, but a blue and white (or black and white) striped t-shirt ranks right up there, for sure.
The Breton tee was originally introduced as the official uniform for the Brittany navy in 1858 and included 21 stripes – one for each of Napolean’s victories. The stripes were also said to have made it easier to find overboard sailors.
However, it was Coco Chanel that made these simple tees a fashion staple through her nautical collection in 1917. Everyone from Pablo Picasso to James Dean sported the casual and chic striped cotton shirt.
Today, there are no shortage of striped tees on the market – from the least expensive mall stores to the biggest fashion houses Europe has to offer. But one that I have my eye on now is this version from Clare Vivier. This one in particular has “Oui” on the front – another French detail que j’adore.
I love dresses in the summer. I have all three kids home with me most days and we are constantly on the run, so dresses have become my go-anywhere-and-everywhere staple. Plus they always fit. A perk for someone who seems to gain and lose the same five pounds in as little as a week.
Most of my play dresses are cotton and inexpensive. Some are only used for coverups for the pool, and others I wear out and about.
That’s why this Jethro twist-back tank dress caught my eye. It comes in multiple colors, but true to form white, navy and black are my favorites. They are loose-fitting and cool and also have a deconstructed design that makes them casual and comfortable, yet they are still plenty chic.
Pair them with a long necklace and flatform sandals for brunch or an evening out. Or slip into your favorite summer flip-flops and floppy hat to head to the pool. There’s no place this little number won’t go!
I stopped into, She.la, a high-end boutique that a friend of mine works for here in the Midwest. She has impressed her love of a line called Marc Cain upon me over the last year, and we had a chance to peruse the fall lookbook this afternoon.
There were the most amazing pair of kilty loafers in bright turquoise blue. If you’ve read this blog ever in your life, you’ll know that I absolutely adore all things turquoise – so much so that almost every room in my house is turning a shade of that color. (More on my ever-changing blue rooms to come later.)
So for a brief moment, I wished for fall and these beautiful loafers (more moments for the shoes than for fall) that would be a great high-low addition to kick cropped jeans or the perfect pairing for pencil skirts. And how gorgeous as a pop against black capris and a black turtleneck? They also come in a pale pink and an oxblood color too.
Sadly, I could only find the photo for my daily covet in an online look book as they aren’t out yet. But you get the idea, right?