The brilliant Breton

I don’t know about you but I love Breton stripes.

Breton tops in particular are a staple in my wardrobe. Stripes always look so clean and fresh, and strike that perfect balance of smart casual (I’m aware I sound a bit like Alan Partridge there!).

Every wardrobe needs a Breton top as they go with anything and never go out of style. A true fashion classic.

I’ve recently received a Joules Breton top to try, but I wanted to go outside my comfort zone of teaming it with GAP jeans and Converse or Freddie’s high waisted jeans and Converse….. So I had a think about what I already have in my wardrobe and barely worn.

So out came a black leather pencil skirt I’ve had for about seven years!! I have worn it but not enough… And I chose something other than Converse for my feet!

The top is Mariners grade jersey which basically means its not the regular jersey your t shirt is made from. This is a thicker grade jersey- great for Spring days when it can still feel a bit chilly in the shade, it also helps to keep the shape of the top after washing.

I teamed the Breton with the leather skirt- tucked into the skirt and I wore some ankle socks with plimsolls to really push myself out of my comfort zone. Thankfully I didn’t get laughed at in the street (anyone else have that worry when wearing something away from the norm?).

joules breton top

  • Top- Hope Stripe French Navy Breton by Joules £24.95
  • Skirt- Black leather from Oasis in the sale years ago sorry!
  • Socks- Sainsburys
  • Vintage Shooting Star brooch from Tin Trunk in 20th Century Stores (more on them soon)
  • Footwear- Rocket Dog via TKMaxx

You may notice I’ve a rather large accessory with me in these pictures… Well we’ve just had the Easter holidays and she loved joining in with me on this.

I also used the above image as part of the #thisdoesntmeanyes campaign on Instagram… Its a really powerful campaign and you can check my part in it here or search Instagram with the hashtag.

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  1. April 24, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Big fan of a Breton here and the Joules version always looks great. Fab outfit!

  2. April 26, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    Great outfit! Loving the poses of your accessory:)