Yes this a post all about How to Wear a striped Top!

A classic navy striped cotton top, also called “Breton Top” – is a closet essential for any fashionista (especially if your style is Classy or Sporty). Its design has become synonymous to chic Parisian style! It adds a whiff of non-chalant, nautical air that is sure to polish any ensemble.

Breton, navy-striped top inspired by French fisherman. Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn popularized this tops style
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It was Coco Chanel who popularized this timeless, sporty top style during the war at her shop in Deauville in France. It is said that she took this print-inspiration from the French fishermen during a trip to the French Riviera. And it is now worn by some of today’s top fashionistas such as Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung!

Fashion advice on how to select a Breton top

The huge plus with a Breton top is that the print and boatneck style of the top are timeless (gosh they’ve been around forever and won’t ever go out of style!) and very versatile.

Breton, navy-striped top by Ralph lauren
Product info: “Tori” by Ralph Lauren

It can be worn in so many ways – and it adds an interesting pop of print texture to your outfit. You can “edge it up”, prettify it, trendify it, or how ever you wish to interpret it. It also serves as a great transitional piece – taking you from spring to summer, or summer to autumn.

You can also pair it against other prints and colors without looking too much. I dare you to try it with patterns such as floral, tribal, polkadots and leopard!

Here are a couple of more tips on how to wear a striped top:

  • Blue-and-white stripes are a classic, but so is black-with-white. Stripes in a neutral are your best choice because they go with anything.
  • Another tip for looking your best in a navy-striped top is to select a stripe-print scaled to your body scale. So if you’re petite, work with slim, narrow stripes; large stripes if you’re a plus size. Or if you’re a petite plus size go for a medium-scale. Something in the middle? Then you’ll be able to pull off most print sizes – but a medium-scale may be the best option for you.
  • If you’re afraid of looking bigger in horizontal stripes – try narrow stripes. These create an illusion of a “ladder-effect” that encourages the eye to climb up the body (it has a slimming effect!), rather then to the sides. You can also prevent the stripes from widening your body frame by throwing on an unbuttoned jacket or cardigan to break up the print.

If you haven’t gotten a hold of these classic must-own tops yet and you wish to define your Classic or Sporty clothing personality – then this spring is the best time to make your purchase!

Now let me give you a couple of ideas on how to style a navy striped top:


Miranda Kerr does it perfectly by pairing the top with a black, edgy leather jacket, black ankle booties and slim khaki pants. Finish off the look by throwing on a pair of wayfarer sunglasses.

How to Wear a striped Top
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Other “edgy” pieces that will make your outfit look super-cool are: Studded bags, leather skirt, colored jeans, baggy jeans, skinny jeans.

Image of Miranda Kerr – courtesy by Flynet


A trick to prettify a classic garment is to combine it with a skirt a pair of heels. I just adore how Karla ( does it by pairing her navy striped top with a sexy bright pink pencil skirt and nude high heel pumps. She upped the chicness with a neutral clutch, vintage tortoise shades and an interesting statement necklace.

Flirty and pretty Breton navy-striped top outfit - Karlas Closet
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Other than this outfit example you might want to look into these flirty pairings: Floral skirt, floral skirt, peplum skirt, wedge sandals, glamorous oversized sunglasses

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Kate Moss took the classy British style route by pairing her striped top with a dark navy blue blazer, skinny jeans and leather bags. But she still managed to chic it up with black ankle booties and cool sunglasses.

How to Wear a striped Top
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Another suggestion to help polish this look even more: Add a pearl necklace and rather go for a structured tote handbag. A pair of pumps can also do magic!

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Now for some good old street style fashion inspirations on how to wear a striped top

  1. Class those stripped with checks and polkadots! Like the Queen of Style Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo

2. Wear under dungarees like Roberta Benteler

Roberta Benteler

3. No need to over compliate just go with a plain black skirt like the always chic Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen

4. Pair with Denim – Diego Zuko

5. Go monochrome like Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner

6. Add some tassels like Kate Davidson Hudson

Kate Davidson Hudson

7. With white denim – chic as always Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

8. Add lepoarad print like Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard

9. Belt it like SJP

Sarah Jessica Parker

10. Wear with sparkles like Blair Eadie

Blair Eadie

11. Don’t be afraid to wear with another print like Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn

12. Or like Emma Stone

How to Wear a striped Top

13. Stripe it all like Tiffany Hsu

How to Wear a striped Top

14. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cant go wrong in my eyes

How to Wear a striped Top

So what are your thoughts on how to wear a striped Top?