>> The Breton striped shirt dates back to the 1900s, when it was originally worn by French fishermen. Then, in the '50s, icons like Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, and Jean Seberg adopted the nautical print as their own. Fast forward to 2011, and fashion girls everywhere — think Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Jenna Lyons, Mary Kate Steinmiller, and Lauren Santo Domingo — are still sporting renditions of the classic Breton top. While the timeless navy and white pattern will always remain a closet staple, designers continue to make it new with their own unique interpretation of the pattern. Who can forget the frenzy Prada created when it showed chunky, brightly-colored stripes on its Spring runway? Shop our picks to add a little je ne sais quoi to your look right now.
>> The Breton striped shirt dates back to the 1900s, when it was originally worn by French fishermen.