A classic Breton fisherman’s top re worked for 2013 - longer length, neat front pockets hidden in the stripe and a flattering slash neck.

The striped Breton sweater originated from Brittany 200 years ago and was worn by Naval officers.  Today we feel it has the St Tropez vibe reminiscent of Brigitte Bardot and Jean Seberg via Mary Quant and the Kings Road or the left bank look of Jean Paul Gaultier.

Now there isn’t a young ingénue film actress today who doesn’t sport the look.  It says I’m cool, I’m real, I’m not really a celeb.

I can’t think of any spring when a new striped Breton top doesn’t hit all the right notes of chic and breezy dressing.  Though this spring we could be accused of trend shopping as black and white stripes are a big catwalk news story, but Breton stripes always endure in their appeal.