Not all Breton striped tops are made equal and this is a good thing, otherwise how could I justify having such a ridiculous collection of them. A bit like zebras, sometimes it’s hard to tell if they’re navy stripes on white or white stripes on navy. So just in case, best to have both. Traditionally, said stripes should be navy but black is nice too so let’s have those ones as well. Long sleeves is also classic but then short sleeves are quite useful in summer and I’m a big fan of the quarter-length sleeve as well (flattering and oh so handy in this climate). Wise to have a selection of all three. But what if the stripes aren’t all horizontal but go in different directions? Sacre bleu, now there’s an idea. Enter my newest, latest Breton….
Okay let’s drop the dodgy french accent as this outfit is actually quite a British take on riviera style and hence the old fashioned telephone boxes seemed very fitting. I’m not sure it was really warm enough to go sockless but I wanted to try out my new wide cropped trousers and loafers too. I’m being far too impatient for spring as usual. Thankfully I’m not adversed to pulling on a pair of socks if the weather requires it and not long after these photos were taken I decided to don something warmer while ensconced under a restaurant table. That’s probably why I’ll never pass for a Parisian.
However, special mention should be given to these new wider style cropped trousers, which Boden has brought out this season. They sort of give a nod to the trend for culottes without being too wide and are made with the same slightly stretchy fabric of their previous incarnation. Comfy, flattering they easily go from work to weekend. I love this sort of teal blue/green colour they come in as well as the more classic navy, which I have as well. I expect I’ll be wearing them most of the summer (when I’m not in wide-legged, cropped jeans, obviously).But back to my new Breton. It’s really very different to any of my other striped tops as should be patently obvious (to anyone who’s female anyway). I love this new take on the classic style, worn loose and easy-breezy, a little bit quirky and off-kilter, traditional with a twist. If it could talk, it would definitely have a British accent.
Thanks to Natasha from Candy Pop, for taking these photos.