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Breton stripes: The simplest way to exude French-girl cool this fall

By: Alexandra Donaldson
The best fall stripes to add to your wardrobe

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Breton stripes: The simplest way to exude French-girl cool this fall

By: Alexandra Donaldson

You can never have too many striped shirts, right? This season-less staple is getting extra attention this fall—so make sure to pick up one of our favourite striped pieces.

The thing about stripes is that they're always trending. Any type of stripe will do, but this season we'll be stocking up on French-inspired Breton stripes for a look that is classy, polished and just a little bit retro.

Breton stripes originated in France (Brittany, more specifically) and were part of a seaman's uniform in the 1800s. The design was alternating white (2 cm) and blue (1 cm) horizontal stripes—a look so trendy that in the 1900s it spread from seamen to the public as a chic style statement.

Over time, the definition of a Breton stripe became a little more relaxed; the term now tends to refer to thin, horizontal stripes, often still in the classic white and blue colour combo. If you want to exude that French-girl cool, we recommend sticking with the classic look, but you'll still be on trend this fall by choosing striped items with variations of colour and thickness.

Here are our striped picks for fall.

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You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Go long

Long sleeve tee, $35, bananarepublic.ca.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Banana Republic

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Circle skirt

Curve midi skirt, $44, asos.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Asos Curve

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Gear shift

Knit shift dress, $37, oldnavy.ca.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Old Navy

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Bigger is better

Monki oversized knit, $50, asos.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Asos

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Sharp suit

Stripe blazer, $65, gapcanada.ca.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Gap

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Feeling blue

Striped t-shirt, $53, jcrew.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: J. Crew

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Seeing red

Sweater with contrasting cuff, $46, zara.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Zara

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

To the max

Ribbed dress, $90, mango.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Mango

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Bell sleeve

Dress with bell sleeves, $132, madewell.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Madewell

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Go slouchy

Whistles Funnel Neck Shirt, $150, asos.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: Asos

You can never have too may striped shirts—right?

Shirt dress

Midi shirtdress, $251, jcrew.com.

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By: Alexandra Donaldson Source: J. Crew

 

For more fall fashion trends, check out our 7 best style bets

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