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Functional, durable and fashionable, the Breton stripe top was originally made for sailors in the French navy and army. Over time it became popular with style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot thus rendering it a wardrobe staple for generations to come. This relaxed basic is perfect for casual weekend days or even as a beach cover up, and it's certainly something you will want to collect in several colorways. Whether you enjoy time on a boat or not, the sailor striped top will be something you will reach for often. We found many options from rainbow stripes to puff sleeves and even a bow back version. Sail away in this timeless look.
In 1858 the striped tee became the official uniform of sailors in the French Navy. Saint James makes the classic original and now it can be yours too.
The 20th century introduced this nautical look into the mainstream. Petit Bateau's chic basic top is an evergreen wardrobe staple.
The boat neck style is a signature of the sailor striped top. Sailors and fishermen have worn it and it's also a fashion must-have made stylish by creatives such as Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso.
A different spin on the Breton striped top, this Henley style is a fun update.
A graphic text accent to the Breton stripe top emphasizes the nautical lover's style and favorite place to be.
A puff sleeve option adds a feminine look to our favorite classic top.
With a sweet bow in the back, this one is for when you need a new spin on your striped tops.
One striped top is never enough. This version is a relaxed basic with a creative accent.
Rainbow stripes bring a cheerful update to our favorite stripes.
Elevate the look of your striped pullover with ruched shoulders.
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