February 11th, 2013

The Striped T-Shirt Alternative

For a bunch of years now the ubiquitous Breton striped T-shirt has ruled my spring wardrobe. Probably because it’s just so easy to wear. But the nautical stripe looks a tad tired right now (not to be confused with the fab, bold stripes at Dolce & Gabbana this spring). My solution?  The tie-dye and python printed cotton tees by Proenza Schouler. They are super cozy too.

Python print top & Tie-dye print top


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Quant leopard-print calf hair ankle boots


Kellen ribbed cotton-blend tunic


Brixton horsebit-detailed leather collapsible-heel loafers


Emma shirtdress


Eva silk crepe de chine blouse


Linen-blend culottes


Crossover velvet flatform sandals


GV3 small textured-leather and suede shoulder bag


Almeria leather wedge espadrilles


Patch-pocket cotton coat


Bilbao mini tote


Ginger embellished two-tone textured-leather pumps

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  • I especially like the python print, but I don’t seem to ever tire of nautical stripes.

    AprilFebruary 11th, 2013  2:50 PM

  • I’m with you about those nautical stripes. I find a too busy top, too busy.

    SandraFebruary 11th, 2013  3:46 PM

  • Love these tops. I am a little tired of the ubiquitous striped tops. Maybe because my closet is full of them.

    JulieFebruary 11th, 2013  5:17 PM

  • How can any chic woman or man grow tired of a Breton tee? It is the epitome of chic!! The tops shown above are okay but they don’t compare to the classic Breton tee. There is a reason why those navy and cream stripes caught the eye of Coco Chanel–they always look modern, minimalist and sophisticated. Plus I love the utilitarian quality of the classic Breton–everyone can afford some version of it and I’ve yet to see someone look bad in a Breton! Take a look at pictures of Coco, Picasso, Audrey, Bardot, Jean Seberg, Cary Grant etc. in their Bretons–the ease and elegance is beyond and could never be achieved by wearing a python print tee or that other zigzag thing up there. Long live the Breton!!!

    BMAFebruary 11th, 2013  7:15 PM

  • I’m just a wee tad tired of them…

    PrestonFebruary 11th, 2013  7:22 PM

  • Hopefully the Breton trend will go away and the style will go back to being a true classic.

    JenFebruary 11th, 2013  8:35 PM

  • I love your blog Preston!! Agree or disagree with the suggestions it really has helped clarify my style choices. Frankly, I had no idea how passionately I felt for the Breton until this very afternoon. Long live Keep it Chic!!

    BMAFebruary 11th, 2013  9:22 PM

  • Sometimes a girl just needs a break! These are fab and I’m not even a “snake person”. I don’t think you are getting rid of the classics but just changing it up?

    miaMay 2nd, 2013  7:48 PM


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