Tuesday, 5 September 2017


T H E   B R E T O N 

A capsule wardrobe list wouldn't be complete without a classic Breton. Obvious, yes, but it's a fundamental piece to have if you want that Capsule Wardrobe with a quintessential Parisian flair. 

A thin t-shirt style is the most French and they are perfect in the autumn to layer, here are a few of my favourites, I personally have The White Company one and the Boden one in my collection which are both great for layering under sweaters and blazers. 


That next one looks nice with the ruffle hem, don't you think? If you are looking for a breton with a little extra then the Chinti & Parker heart Breton is always worth checking out. 

T H E   W I N T E R   B R E T O N 

Perfect for the winter are Bretons made of a thicker material, the master of these is Petit Bateau and their heavy jersey Mariniere is an iconic piece of clothing and one I have hanging in my own wardrobe. There are of course other options and notably Maison Labiche, with their cute embroidery adding a bit of je ne sais quoi.


That Sezane one is just lovely..... it's seriously tempting me!

T H E  N A U T I C A L  K N I T 

As the temperatures drop nothing looks more Parisian than a chunky, striped nautical knit and it can look perfect styled with a Seventies vibe, flared jeans and heeled boots. 


Of course in my selection you will find Petit Bateau's classic sailor jumper and a few others from French brands available at Smallable, now La Redoute always have good options and I remember reading a Little Spree post, where Sarah's make up artist friend had recommended a men's Breton striped jumper from there. Well I found it ..... it is very left bank, 100% cotton and under £30 it seems a no-brainer, have a look for yourself, here

Now, I started this post thinking I did not need ANOTHER stripe top/breton ..... well I am a stripe addict and I want the Sezane one and tempted to try the mens one from La Redoute..... Get me to Stripe Top Anonymous!



  1. Hi, can I ask how the sizing is on your Herno jacket please? I'd like one but not sure if on the small side. Thank you x

    1. Of course, my is a size 44 Italian which is a size UK12 ..... I would say it is true to size. Because of the box shape to it and boat neck I could of sized down actually to a 10 .... but I am normally between a 10/12 anyway. I hope that helps xx

  2. I love Breton tops and live in them basically. While I really like the quality of the Petit Bateau ones, unfortunately they are too short for my liking (I'm 5'7). I own several Bretons and other tees from Maison Labiche and I'd also like to throw French brand Armor Lux into the mix. They are long enough for me and they offer personalisation like Maison Labiche (and - one little plus for me: their white stripe is more white and less cream than ML).
    I'm always excited for your next capsule wardrobe post btw. Hope many will follow!

    1. Thank you for the Armor Lux tip on personalisation .... xx

  3. Thanks for that, going to order now xx


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