Despite how many trends come and go, the one piece that outlives them all is the Breton. Introduced in France in 1858, the original Breton was the national Navy uniform. It featured 21 stripes. One for each of Napoleon’s victories.
Inspired by the French sailors and their patriotic uniform, Coco Chanel introduced the design into her 1917 nautical collection. She designed the Breton top to be worn with long flared trousers; perfect for the fashionable Saint Tropez holidays of the time.
The look was made popular by Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick and Audrey Hepburn, and is now frequently seen on the fashion girls of our generation, like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss. Paired with denim, the Breton is a piece which transcends time and trends.
The Hutton Breton from the MiH Pre-Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Shop here.