No item is more inherently French than a blue and white Breton top, and this Petit Bateau option can be teamed with everything, from jeans to skirts, to make you look instantly stylish. The brand was founded in 1893 and originally produced underwear. Etienne Valton, the son of the company’s founder Pierre Valton, is credited with inventing modern underpants in 1918, by cutting the legs off his long johns. Today, the brand is renowned for its striped clothing creations, inspired by boats and nautical colours. The Breton top is revisited season after season in different colours and styles, but the combination of blue and white will always be a classic choice.
Petit Bateau top, €59
Petit Bateau, 33 rue du Four, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 5681 9045