At work, I’ve been layering like mad because of the manic weather. I do not joke when I say we have micro-climates throughout the building, not to mention the wonky weather outdoors. What this means is I am constantly challenged to wear the right amount of clothing that I can shed throughout the day to adapt to whatever the day throws at me.
Enter the marinière, or Breton shirt. Also known as the sailor shirt, it is popular and versatile, and can be dressed up or down as needed. Traditional Breton shirts are cut on the boxy side and are made of heavy, somewhat stiff cotton. There are also versions with even more nautical allusions such as gold or brass buttons at the sleeves or shoulder. I prefer mine button-less, with close-set stripes, and a more figure-friendly cut than the boxy original version.
Here are a few looks I’d like to try with my own Breton shirt in the future: (the looks are layer-friendly too!)
Under a brown coat or blazer, with the wrists showing:
Monochrome fall look with a gray parka and black Converse:
With an olive jacket:
Plain and simple on black pants:
Under a trenchcoat and layered for fall:
With a black scarf and loafers:
All black with white canvas shoes:
Peeking out of a layered short-sleeved sweater:
Tweed + stripes:
Chambray and a breton: