Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wardrobe Staples | A Breton Top


Possibly the most written about wardrobe staple is the breton top, but I couldn't not write about it when it really is such a staple in my wardrobe. I don't think a week goes by where I don't wear stripes of some description and when I recently had a wardrobe clear out and discovered just how many striped items I own I happily ignored the fact that I should probably join some sort of Bretons Anonymous and carefully folded them all back into my drawers. Because you really really can never own too many stripes.

My most worn breton top is this one from Boden. I'm not gonna lie, I only shop at Boden if there's a sale/discount going, but if I earned a little bit more it's definitely somewhere I would shop all the time because the quality is amazing. My breton top, although primarily white, is not at all see through, it's never bobbled even after being washed literally hundreds of times and it's still the exact same shape it was when I bought it years ago. And after saying I only shop Boden with a discount, if I ever needed to I would 100% buy another one of these full price because my price per wear must be about 0.0001p by now.



The reason that stripes are such a staple for me is that they're the easiest way to make an outfit look more interesting while putting in zero effort. Even if it's just worn with jeans there's something that makes a breton pull an outfit together and make me look 100% more chic than I actually am. If I'm feeling more inspired though, another reason I love stripes is that you can pair them with pretty much anything. You can layer a breton under or over things, tuck it in or leave it hanging loose - there's never been a time when I've put one on and thought 'aw, this doesn't really go' because it always does.

This outfit is my current favourite way to style my breton - there's something about stripes and leopard print together that I just love. And if you've been reading my blog so far this year you'll know already how much I love these embroidered jeans because you probably think they're all I wear (you wouldn't be far from wrong).


Top - Boden (here) | Jeans - Topshop (here) | Shoes - TX Maxx (old)

Are stripes a staple in your wardrobe?

Amy x


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  1. I'm such a huge fan of stripes as well! I have stripes dresses, t shirts, trousers = everything! I absolutely love your Breton too, like you say, I'm sure it goes with pretty much everything and you do look very chic in it! I also really like Boden, although I must admit that everything I have from them has come to me via a charity shop haha! Thanks for sharing your look with us!

    Abbey ✨ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. I need to go charity shopping more often if there's lots of Boden in there! I have dresses, tops and trousers too - literally everything! xx

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  2. I really like stripes too and they never go out of style! Thanks for the tip about Boden, I'll check it out!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. They really don't, hope you enjoy browsing Boden! xx

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  3. Yes, yes and absolutely yes to stripes being a staple! I have so many striped items but weirdly I'm yet to find what I would consider to be the 'perfect' Breton, despite having quite a few. Maybe I should give Boden a go! Love the outfit, always such a fan of those jeans.
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

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    1. I have a lot of striped tops, but this one is definitely my 'perfect' one although I'm yet to find a baggier one that I love - every striped top is different haha! xx

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  4. Stripes are everything! I love this look (the jeans look super fancy!)

    Holly x
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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    1. Stripes are everything for sure! Thank you lovely :) xx

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  5. I love breton's too and this boden one is amazing! I have a Boden one too that has been worn so many times and it's amazing quality. I also love the Joules Harbour Tops they last forever!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. They are such good quality aren't they! Oooh I'll bear Joules in mind too! xx

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  6. those jeans are great! You can definitely pull them off.

    G x

    www.teawithgi.com

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    1. Thanks so much, I wear them ALL the time haha xx

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  7. I love this striped top on you Amy, I haven't actually shopped at Boden before and so I may well consider them now for practical casual pieces! :)

    aglassofice.com
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    1. Thank you lovely! They have some lovely dresses I bet would look lovely on you! xx

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  8. I don't have a stripe top and I don't know why as they are perfect and go with everything.

    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | www.stephsworld.com

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    1. They really are, I have so many haha! xx

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  9. I'm also part of the Breton Anonymous group! I think I counted 29 stripey tops last time I did a wardrobe clearout! I definitely think a breton shop is worth spending some extra pennies on; that way you can get a better quality cotton and less see-through white cotton! I looooove Gap for my long-sleeved stripey tops!

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Wow 29 might even be more than me haha! Definitely worth it to not have a see through one! xx

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  10. I totally agree with you, you can never own too many stripes! I got a striped top from Pull&Bear and I'm wearing that one at least once a week too, it just goes with everything. I love the outfit you're wearing, the top looks so good with the embroidered jeans xx

    113thingstosay.com

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, they definitely go with everything don't they! Xx

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  11. You look cool and I love stripes too! :)

    MERI WILD BLOG

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    1. Aw thanks so much, stripes are my life haha xx

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  12. It looks so good on you! I really need to get some more stripes in my wardrobe as I don't actually have that much..
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    1. Thanks so much, yeah they're such a staple of mine! Xx

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  13. I love stripes, but I have zero in my wardrobe right now! Im doing some spring/summer clothes shopping this weekend, so youve given me something to think about! Thankyou!
    Kate xx

    themakeupartistschoice.com

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    1. Ah hope you managed to get some, they're so handy to have! Xx

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  14. I really like stripey tops/dresses etc however as a busty lady we are told to avoid horizontal stripes! I did cave and but a striped jacket last week which I am really hoping I can pull off! Love your jeans as well.

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    1. I'm sure you can pull it off! I kind of ignore that rule haha xx

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  15. The detail on your jeans is so pretty, love them!!! I love stripes too, last year I purchased too many striped tops and dresses that look so similar but I just couldn't say no. Happy Saturday lovely xx

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Haha I have so many that are so similar! Gotta be done though haha xx

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  16. I loved striped clothing but it just doesn't suit me because of my figure type! I do have one striped dress though from river island, also TKMaxx is amazing for shoe bargains! I brought some converse from there a while back x

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    1. Aw really that's a shame! There's some right bargains in there isn't there! Xx

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  17. I love stripes and think they're timeless and can dress them up or down xxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

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    1. Definitely that's why I love them so much! Xx

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  18. Now that I think of it, I don't think I have any stripes in my wardrobe! GASP!

    I need to get some added really soon; this outfit is giving me all kinds of inspiration =)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.com

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    1. Yeah you should definitely get some, you'll wear them non stop hahaa! Xx

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  19. I used to be sooo obsessed with stripes, and I've since tried to branch out, but I agree you can't deny how effortlessly chic a simple Breton tee is!

    Lovely post
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    1. I don't think I'll ever branch out haha! Xx

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  20. I agree with you on the "I don't go a week without wearing stripes" statement! I'm exactly the same. I wear two of my favourite stripe tops every week, I've just got to get my fix! Great post and great photos you look lovely x x

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Yeah definitely can't go without! xx

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  21. You look stunnning! I love your outfit because its so chic!
    Stay in Style
    Karen @ Lookbook Store Wordpress

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that's so kind! xx

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  22. Totally with you here, I've had to go on a 'Breton ban' before now! I love how a Breton top looks with a statement necklace.
    So simple and yet so chic!

    www.wordsbynina.com

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    1. Haha, a Breton ban sounds awful I don't think I could do it haha! xx

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    1. Thank you, I love stripes, can never go wrong! xx

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  24. I love stripes, they are a necessity in every wardrobe xxx

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    1. They really are, such a staple aren't they! xx

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