Dalmard Marine breton shirt

Women's breton shirt: how to wear it?

Created in the 19th century as a uniform for sailors in the French Navy, the breton shirt has since gone on to become a fashion classic. The iconic sailor garment par excellence, the breton shirt is a timeless piece that's a must-have in your wardrobe. Whether it's fitted to emphasise your curves or straight for a more streamlined look, navy/white or coloured, here are a few tips on how to wear it harmoniously.

Authentic marine style

For a classic, timeless look, opt for a straight-cut breton shirt with beige chino trousers, a peacoat or trench coat and derbies. Complete your outfit with understated accessories like a brown leather belt, a a plain hat and a square scarf.

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A relaxed, comfortable style

To feel at ease, pair your straight-cut breton shirt with jeans (flare, skinny or straight, depending on your body type) and match it with an oversized open white shirt and a pair of trainers. You can also wear it under dungarees. Add a denim jacket and canvas backpack for a touch of urban casual style. Accessorise with retro sunglasses and a cap for a casual look.

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A chic and elegant style

For a refined look, combine your slim-fit or tailored breton shirt with pieces such as a high-waisted skirt, tailored trousers and pumps. Add a blazer or cropped jacket and a leather clutch for a sophisticated touch. Opt for discreet accessories like long earrings and a gold watch to complete your chic look.

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Bohemian style

For a romantic look, team your straight-cut breton shirt with an airy long skirt and leather sandals. Add a crochet cardigan and fringed bag for a touch of bohemian style. Accessorise with a bohemian scarf in your hair, silver earrings and charm bracelets to complete your look.

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Whatever your style, always be yourself, respect your body shape and choose pieces that are well cut and made from noble materials to guarantee their durability. Finally, stick to the rule of three colours per outfit to avoid any faux-pas.

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