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


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • 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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