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Get nautical!

30th March 2011

Breton striped tops are a style staple that will never, ever go out of fashion.

The Breton stripe shirt originated in Brittany and was traditionally worn by French sailors and fisherman. Thrust into the fashion spotlight by timeless style icons such as Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, the Breton stripe embodies Riviera chic and is a must have for every wardrobe.

Breton strips look great paired down with jeans. Boot cut, boyfriend, skinny, you name it – it goes. Or, for a more Parisian feel, team Breton tops with tailored trousers or shorts. They also work well underneath blazers and can be accessorised with a simple necklace or string of pearls.

As with most style staples, it’s important to invest in one that fits your perfectly. Luckily, there are plenty of Breton tops around that will suit all shapes and sizes.

If you are fuller figured or have a large bust, stick to looser fitted styles with medium stripes. Narrow stripes suit more petite frames with smaller busts.  If you have curvy hips or are smaller on your top half than around your bottom, then you can wear tighter fitting Breton tops with high waisted skirts to conceal any problem areas.

As a general rule, if you really want to work this look, whatever your size or shape, then opt for loose, lightweight, cotton Breton tops that are a size too big.

Take a look at our gallery for nautical inspiration:

Out of This World

3rd March 2011

Roland Mouret’s ‘galaxy dress’ caused a real stir when it burst on to the scene back in 2006 (has it really been that long?) and spawned countless imitations up and down the high street. 

Fast forward five years and there’s another galaxy (print, this time) dress on our radar – courtesy of Christopher Kane – and as ever, celebrities are clamouring to get their hands on one. Carey Mulligan, Anne Hathaway and Alexa Chung have all been papped in Kane’s creations.

On promotional duties for her new album, Nicki Minaj then took the trend one further when she showed off a slinky solar system mini dress that’s got everyone talking online, ‘Who was it by and where can we get one?’

Not that any of it matters now… With New Look, Lipsy and Ted Baker on our side, the high street is once again awash with galaxy dresses so you can get this look for less. We think this star shaped clutch is the perfect accessory!