The Breton stripe is a timeless design first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for the French Navy. The unique pattern was made up of 21 stripes each representing one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories. Designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Coco Chanel have suede Breton stripes in their collections and style icon James Dean made it famous in Rebel Without a Cause in 1955.
Today, it's a wardrobe staple that can provide an instant hit of summer to any outfit and still keep you warm during the cooler evenings. This is our guide on how to wear our Breton this season.