Let’s start with the definition of ‘Breton Shirt’ :
The Breton shirt was first made for the Royal Navy in 1858. It was thought that by wearing this uniform sailors who went overboard would be much easier to spot. Each shirt had exactly 28 stripes: one for each of Napolean’s victories!
Then, in 1917 Coco Chanel incorporated the look into her nautical collection and, as they say, the rest is history. They were an immediate success and have not really changed much over the years. New fabrics and new, expanded colors have all become popular. Some are long sleeve, but the short and three-quarter are just as popular. Boat necks, round necks and v-neck are all available.
There are many, many versions out there. I have done a round-up of some of this season’s most popular and easily accessible here for you:
So now you know all about these iconic shirts. Are you going to buy one?
I have several versions & love them all! I didn’t know the history however – thanks for the lesson!
Cyndi: The St. James shirt is by far my favorite: the stretch (not all cotton) is so perfect. Makes me feel dressed just right!