Trust Me—Every French Woman Owns This Chic Summer Staple

In my eyes, May officially marks the beginning of T-shirt season. Sure, you might need to keep an emergency cardigan stuffed into your tote for the time being, but before too long bare arms won't just be a fantasy. 

T-shirts come in many forms, but undoubtedly one of the most classic is the humble striped tee, aka the Breton. As the name suggests, this is a French style staple; one which fashion types all across the globe have happily adopted. It's simple, fuss-free, and endlessly versatile—especially if you opt for a monochrome iteration. Tuck it into jeans, knot it at the waist or layer it under your knitwear in the cooler months. It doesn't get easier than this. 

If you're all about embracing colour as we head into summer, there are plenty of brighter versions to suit a more cheerful palette. In fact, you might be surprised by the spectrum of striped T-shirts on offer. Scroll on to see our current favourites, plus how some of Instagram's best dressers are wearing theirs this season.

How Influencers Are Styling Striped T-Shirts:


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Julie styles her stripes for the beach, tucking her tee into high-waisted denim shorts.


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When in doubt, make like Taffy and pair this basic with trusty blue denim.


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Anne wears her summer-ready cropped style with a lace skirt and mini shoulder bag.


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I can't wait to copy this easy jeans, sandals and tee look this weekend.


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Franny styles her red and white tee with simple blue jeans and white ballet pumps. 


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I love the idea of pairing a striped tee with tailored trousers for a polished look.


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Ellie shows off her fashion credentials with a luxury Dior iteration.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.