Our Top Breton Stripe Picks for a Seaworthy Summer Wardrobe

Originally designed for the French navy, the Breton striped shirt (aka the marini¨re) shifted from workwear to fashion thanks to designer Coco Chanel, who introduced the design in her ready-to-wear collection in 1917. Since then, designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier (who has taken the breton as his de-facto trademark, using it on the bottle for his popular Le Male cologne and even outfitting his staff in marini¨res during his runway shows), Givenchy and Balmain have remixed the pattern. French film stars such as Brigitte Bardot and icons such as James Dean and Audrey Hepburn have all worn sailor stripes, too. Across the Atlantic, Breton stripes have become a prep staple — head to a regatta and just try not to find one or two dozen Saint James Meridiens — and a surefire way to transition your wardrobe into the long days of summer.

Saint James Unisex Meridien II Nautical TeeTory Burch Kerrington Shopper ToteVelvet by Graham and Spencer Electra Ponti Stripe JacketSperry Top-Sider Breton Stripe PareoSperry Top-Sider Katama EspadrilleTopshop Breton Stripe Boxy TeeKate Spade New York Stripe FlatJ.

Crew No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Colorblock StripeJ. Crew Sailor Stripe Bikini Topand bottomCB Made in Italy Stripe Flat Slip-on