The Striped Top

I’ve always admired the French, with their sophistication and savoir-faire. They have a way of being impossibly cool and effortlessly chic, served with a side of nonchalance (also known as, don’t-give-a-f*ck). So when I’m feeling inspired and wanna look Parisian, there’s only one piece that comes to mind. Nothing says French more than a simple striped shirt.

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La marinière (also known as the Breton Top) originated in the early 19th century with the French navy – the striped uniform was designed to help distinguish overboard sailors from the waves of the sea. I wonder if maybe a color other than blue could have also helped, but that kind of thinking might be a bit too contemporary (frame of reference: women were just coming out of their bustles, frills, and crinolines phase then…smh). Nonetheless, over a century later and the classic shirt is still a wardrobe essential, and about as commonplace as the White Tee. When looking for a piece, try to keep the color scheme simple to blue, white, grey and creme for an authentic nautical look. Then start practicing your French curse words, because getting into full character is always the most fun. Putain!

Featured: COS / Silk panel stripe jumper

• Finely knitted cotton striped pattern with silk panel at hemline
• Buttoning up the back
• 100% cotton
• Machine washable
• $99 USD

Alternatives:

bassike
Finders Keepers
Zara

THE FUNCTION:

PROFESSIONAL:

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LEISURE:

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xx,
Rachel

One Comment

  1. […] and P.S., my professional look includes the striped top from this blog post, and my leisure one grabs the a-line skirt from this post. Utilita State is all about re-wearing […]

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