Fashion Experts Are Suddenly Back Into Breton Tops—These 21 Outfits Prove It

Breton stripes never go out of fashion. They are far too classic an item to be relegated to a whim, but it's true that they do go through moments where popularity surges, and they become noticeably more on-trend than a season or moment before. Now is one such time. Everywhere I look, there are Breton stripes, and people are wearing them in such a variety of new ways that it's the perfect time to gather inspiration.

A nautical trend to autumn fashion is like butter to bread—the two are so much more delicious together and are inextricably linked. You will find that a well-chosen striped knit or tee is the kind of clever item, albeit simple, you'll pull out at this time every year without fail, making it an investment not to ignore. 

Any previous Breton purchases will stand the test of time and look good in 2022. There are a few quirky iterations on offer this year, though, should you still be searching for yours. We've noticed sportier silhouettes coming through via sweatshirts and zip-front styles as well as smart, collared options for those who aren't as keen on a crew-neck. Arket's collared marinière styles are possibly the most in demand on the high street, selling out multiple times last year and dropping back in stock recently for this autumn. But this is one styling idea where you don't have to buy an It item at all—just a plain ol' basic will do.

Keep scrolling to get all of the Breton-top outfit ideas you'll ever need.



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Style Notes: Yes, marinière jumpers are a wonderful companion to comfy black leggings.


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Style Notes: When you don't want to go outside without some sensible layers, a chunky Breton knit over your shoulders will do nicely.


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Style Notes: Tailoring and chunky flat shoes lend a nerdy charm to any Breton sweater.


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Style Notes: Skinny jeans and cowboy boots add a more rock 'n' roll edge to a classic striped jumper.


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Style Notes: Your look doesn't have to be laid-back—striped knits work with skirts and heels, too.


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Style Notes: A happy partner to chinos and loafers for a preppy spin.


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Style Notes: Bretons are inherently casual, so I like the idea of glamming them up with gold hoops, sunnies and a claw clip.


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Style Notes: With straight-leg jeans and Birkenstocks, the nautical knit gets a very 2022 update.


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Style Notes: Your sailor-style knit will absolutely work with any of the slip skirts you invested in a few years back.


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Style Notes: Throw a bold blazer on top of a jeans-and-Breton combination for a fast track to looking smart.


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Style Notes: Many French women are rediscovering flares this year, and they are a perfect match for a striped jumper.


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Style Notes: Breton tees work with all sorts of basics, but have you tried one with a linen skirt yet? Do it!


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Style Notes: Just by swapping out blue jeans for white ones, you instantly have a summer-ready look.


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Style Notes: This year's striped jumpers feature some subtle, extra details—like the contrast sleeves pictured here.


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Style Notes: A fine-gauge knit tucked into high-waisted jeans is such a sophisticated idea.


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Style Notes: You can veer away from the traditional—this bolder cardigan option makes quite the statement with plain trousers.


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Style Notes: A striped fleece or zip-front sweatshirt looks so good with dark-wash jeans and flats.


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Style Notes: A Breton knotted over the shoulders of a trench coat? Chic.


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Style Notes: Collared Bretons are having a bit of a moment—this Arket style sold out fast but is finally back in stock (and in my edit below). It's the details in each of these pieces that make a simple ensemble stand out.


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Style Notes: A cosy striped jumper with wide-leg trousers and sneaks seems like the perfect weekend look.


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Style Notes: A neat Breton cardigan under a blazer? Very Coco Chanel.


This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.