Monday, 22 May 2017

Useful Basics - The Breton Striped Top

The Breton Striped Top or tee shirt has become extremely popular in recent years. Many shops and stores sell their version of it and it originated in Brittany, France as a sailor's uniform. It is such a versatile top and can be worn all year round - on it's own in summer and layered with a jacket or cardigan for the other three seasons. I currently have three long sleeved Bretons, one thicker Breton and a short sleeved one. If I see a whole rail of Breton stripes in a shop I'm immediately drawn to them, as they come in so many colours now, not just navy and white. Originally, the Breton stripe was white for 2 cm and blue for 1 cm, such as the one below by Petit Bateau ( 

Now, the stripes can be any width and are still classed as a Breton. The two below are from Boden (

To accessorise a Breton top you could add a scarf or a necklace - a sparkly one or pearls would look good. How about adding some leopard print into the mix or a leather jacket?There are so many ways to dress up a Breton!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

My observations of how the French dress

I recently spent a few days in France, visiting Versailles, the Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, Montmartre & Sacre Coeur to name a few places. I love Paris - I was 23 the last time I was there. In fact, I love France in general and, as I like to people watch, I was interested to see how French women dress and whether it lives up to the hype we've all been lead to believe - that they are chic, understated and tasteful. I observed people on the metro, in the street, in touristy places, in cafes and restaurants and I would say, on the whole, that the women I saw in Paris do dress well. For me though it's often difficult to know who is Parisian and who isn't. They, however, can spot a tourist a mile away - could it be the way we dress?

Here's what I noticed that people wore:
  • Scarves - almost every female I saw was wearing a scarf, patterned or plain.
  • Cross-body bags
  • Knee length coats. It was cold on some of the days we were there so this could have been the reason for the coats.
  • Stylish trainers or flat shoes.
  • Neutral colours - beige, black and navy were very prevalent
  • There were stripes but I didn't see a huge number.

All the above are basics which most of us have in our wardrobes anyway. It seems to be that many French people have an air about them when it comes to the way they look and carry themselves. Even some of the men wore scarves as accessories, not just to keep warm! In Paris less certainly is more.