Your wardrobe isn’t truly complete without a Breton top. Worn traditionally by the French Navy but made famous by no other than Coco Chanel, this simple top will never go out of style. I’m a bit of a sucker for collecting Breton’s and as soon as the sun starts shining they all come out, from classic navy or red to updated with ruffles and bows- chic and versatile.
Here are seven Breton stripe tops your wardrobe needs right now so you can Chan(n)el your Parisian cool.
Zara Puffed SleeveTop £19.99– Puffed sleeves tops are everywhere this season and this one is great with the lovely gold button detailing and fitted style- pair with high waisted jeans or an a-line skirt.
Fresh, natural, sustainable and chic- linen is your new best friend for the Summer. If you haven’t already spotted some amazing linen pieces in almost every shop at the moment here are my favourite finds for this season.
H&M Balloon Sleeved Linen Blouse £34.99– Yellow is one of my favourite colours for this season, this top is slightly cropped with a wide neck-line and is very flattering on. Wear with high waisted jeans and a pair espadrilles for the perfect day look.
& Other Stories Floral Linen Ruffle Dress £99– Florals, puffed sleeves, wrap style and ruffles- all the makings of a perfect ultra feminine dress. I adore this dress- watch the website closely as it’s not available to buy yet!
M&S Linen Striped Jumpsuit £49.50– A great jumpsuit for Spring and Summer, I love the natural colour and the tie waist which is great for your figure. It’s versatile and elagant, whether you’re wearing it to work or socially and a matching jacket is available too.
Innika Choo Ruffled Embroidered Wrap Dress £210– This dress is so beautiful in pastel tones and ruffles. Summer wedding abroad? This is the dress you need. Innika Choo is an Aussie designer based in Bali and has gained huge popularity in the last few years through none other than Instagram. She has a whole collection of linen and cotton dresses that are just wonderful.
Toast Linen Check Dress £170– A simple and stylish pinafore style midi dress is a summer wardrobe classic and this one from Toast is perfect.
Mango Linen Dress £35.99– A great price and available in three colours, this dress is also classic wardrobe staple and maybe slightly reminiscent of your school summer uniform dress?
Three Graces Seton Linen Maxi Dress £500– I love the golden yellow hue of this dress along with the halter neck and gathered detailing, it looks great with or without the belt at the waist and definitely needs to be in your suitcase ready for your Summer getaway.
Uniqlo Linen Shirt £29.90– Uniqlo just launched a whole new linen collection which includes this shirt in fourteen colours. The lilac is my favourite, followed closely by the dark green and looks fab with a high waisted skirt or jeans.
Nicholas Belted Linen Midi Dress £498– One of my favourite pieces for this season- I just love the oversized resin and wooden buttons with the waist belt and the rich creamy colour is just wonderful. Pair with a wooden clutch and barely there ankle tie sandals.
Whistles Green Double Breasted Blazer £139– for a pop of colour to your wardrobe go for this bold green linen blazer and pair with a white broderie blouse and jeans or there is a matching pair of trousers available too.
Snake prints are having their moment of glory and still going strong in the New Year having been seen on many a runway for S/S19. Leopard print has always been a wardrobe staple for me and admittedly when the snake print came sliding in and taking some of the limelight, I wasn’t so sure it was for me. However, I was quickly convinced otherwise, having found that it is a wonderfully versatile print and I have found some pieces that I love. Whether you’re looking for bold, bright, neon’s or more subtle pastel tones, there is something to suit everyone. If you’re still undecided, maybe I can help- here is a collection of my favourite snake print pieces.
Karen Millen Yellow Wrap Dress £199– I can’t get enough of wrap dresses at the moment, they are so flattering and suit all figures, this yellow dress is a perfect for a day to evening look
Alexa Chung Maxi Dress £435 £174– Sleek and fitted at over 50% off. This is a great dress to transition from Winter into Spring- whether it’s with a chunky knit and boots or a pair of strappy barely there sandals
Topshop Satin Cutout Midi Dress £49– A perfect dress for the evening in an amazing colour. The balloon sleeves and the high rising split at the front will be sure to turn heads.
H&M Pleated Midi Skirt £39.99– The pleated midi never gets old and can be worn through all seasons. I’ve lost count of how many I have now, but this is definitely another one to add to the list. I love the sage green colour – match with another tonal green or cream chunky knit.
New Look Midi Skirt in Lilac & Neon Yellow, Both £22.99– Both of these skirts are fabulous and on point with key season colour trends, not mention the great price tags.
Whistles Crepe Trousers £119 £79– These are wide-legged, super comfortable to wear and end just above the ankle. I’m a huge fan of wide-legged trousers and they are so versatile in how they can be worn
Y.A.S Belted Maxi Dress £80– Another key colour trend for this year is brown and beige hues. This shade of terracotta brown is warm and rich and has lovely detailing with the tie belt and front pockets
Bershka Shirt £17.99 £5.99– This Raspberry Red buttoned shirt is an absolute steal, the fabric is lovely and soft and will give you a bold statement look with any outfit. Pair with some high waisted mom fit jeans!
Topshop Shirt £35– If you prefer a more subtle colour this powder pink shirt is a great alternative
Mango Snake Print Round Bag £29.99– I’m a huge fan of the round bag, this one in particular with the gold handles and chain and it’s big enough to fit all of your essentials
Zara Reversible Tote Bag £19.99– This bargain reversible Zara tote bag comes around every season in different colours and prints. I love the deep burgundy shade and it’s the ideal size for all your daily needs – work, gym, shopping, hoarding?
Zara Cross Body bag with Suede Flap £49.99– Another wonderful bag from Zara that is snake print chic, love the cream suede flap and gold chain detailing, it has a detachable longer shoulder strap so you can choose how you wear it!
‘Tis officially Big Jumper season in all its chunky, cosy, oversized and festive glory! The temperature has noticeably dropped this week and I have moved all of my favourite jumpers to the front of my wardrobe and of course made room for a few more additions. Here is my style guide for all of the amazing knitwear we need in our life right now. Oh and HappyBlack Friday, there is currently 20-25% off most items until Sunday! ✨
H&M Mohair Jumper £49.99– A classic wardrobe staple in an amazing sage green colour
Zara Sequin Jumper £49.99– Festive Jumper perfection- the colourful sequins stand out beautifully against the grey in this jumper, I ordered mine yesterday, I have a feeling this will sell out pretty quickly so grab yours while you can!
Maje Printed Floral Wool Jumper £209– Whether its Winter or Summer floral prints are always needed and this one will definitely brighten up the gloomiest of winter days
& Other Stories Beaded Floral Jumper £89– One my favourite jumpers! Brown hues and neutral tones have been seen everywhere this season and I love the beaded embellishment ✨(use code FRIDAYNOIR for 20% off)
Alexa Chung Oversized Sweater from Net-a-Porter £270– Don’t you feel happy just looking at this Jumper? Now think how much happier you could be if you were wearing it?!
Zara Bow Jewel Jumper £49.99– Simple & Chic, I only wish I could transfer the jewel bow from jumper to jumper
Uterque Chevron Knit £120– Another sparkly statement jumper with a wonderful colour combination and is also incredibly cosy
H&M Houndstooth Jumper £69.99– Roll neck, slouchy fit and great bold print…to hide all of the cheese, wine and mince pies soon to be consumed!
& Other Stories Floral Cableknit £69– I’ve lost count of how many cream jumpers I own, but there’s always room for one more and this one is so pretty!
Victoria Beckham Wool Blend Turtleneck £450– ….and this cream jumper too with a wonderful diamond weave design
Jigsaw Beaded Mohair Jumper £180– A combination of alpaca, merino and mohair to keep you super toasty with beautiful pops of colour from the beaded embellishment
River Island Leopard Print Wide Sleeve Jumper £38– Be sure to stand out in this eye catching knit in leopard print, you can’t escape it this season!
Marc Jacobs Tie Back Cashmere Sweater at Net-a-Porter £375– Probably the most vibrant cashmere jumper I have come across. Could this wonderful piece of knitwear convince you to swap you classic cashmere colours for glitter and stripes?!
I adore pastel colours with a particular penchant for pink, lucky for me pastel pink knits are in plentiful supply this year…
J Crew Tucker Cable Knit Cotton Blend Sweater £205– Another one of my favourites, bubblegum pink and a great weave pattern
Cos Jumper £89- Scandi Salmon Pink which also has a wonderful woven design
Whistles Sophia Mohair Sweater £139– A relaxed fit with balloon sleeves and delightfully comfortable
& Other Stories Eyelet Jumper £69– baby pink and so soft it’s like a never-ending hug (use code FRIDAYNOIR for 20% off)
Reserved Roll Neck Jumper £24.99– lastly a jumper from a brand that is fairly new to the London scene having opened on Oxford Street just over a year ago and available to shop online too. This purple jumper will add a wonderful pop of colour to any outfit and has a great price tag!