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Coco Chanel, inspired by sailors after a visit to the French coast, refashioned the horizontal striped marinière traditionally worn by navy seamen and fishermen and introduced the shirt to women in 1917. The look became a symbol of haute-bourgeois style and has been popular ever since. Originating from Brittany in the late 19th century, the Breton sailor shirt exudes French chic. In the 1930s, the upper class paired the top with a blazer, cravat and shorts. Brigitte Bardot used it as a beach cover-up. Picasso gave it an artistic élan. The shirt was made popular by Jean Seaberg, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, and recreated in couture by fashion houses like Jean-Paul Gaultier, Balmain, Gucci and Givenchy. L’air du temps!

French Lessons: Flaunt French Chic in Breton Sailor Stripes

See by Chloé raglan sleeve shirt
$178 – stylebop.com

Etoile Isabel Marant oversized top
€95 – vestiairecollective.com

J Crew fitted t shirt
$75 – jcrew.com

K. Jacques summer sandals
$72 – boutique1.com

Hermes scarve
$890 – usa.hermes.com

Yves Saint Laurent cashmere shawl
$420 – mytheresa.com

H&m sunglasses
£6.99 – hm.com

Les Nereides Clous abeilles Jaune
€90 – placedestendances.com

 

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris® blog, Wherever you go, you always meet a Breton, by Bénédicte Mahé, a Frenchwoman from Breton, who shares her love of Breton and asks you to pull out your notebooks and pens and get ready for a lesson on Brittany!

French Lessons: an interview with Alice Kaplan, author and professor of French at Yale University. Alice shares her new book, Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis, on the process of transformation. By entering into the lives of three important American women who studied in France, where we learn how their year in France changed them, and how they changed the world because of it.

Scarves à la Françoise: The Lingua Franca for Stylish Women, about Frenchwoman and how they wear their scarves. The ubiquitous nature of women and scarves: our common language.

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Give a gift that’s Paris – Apple iPhone, iTouch and iPad cases. Eiffel TowerTuileries GardensAvenue MontaigneCrêpes SuzettePalais Royal, and Woman on a Bicycle: six watercolor paintings of Parisian scenes by Barbara Redmond. Worldwide currencies and shipping.

Fine art paintings of Paris

Fine art prints of paintings by Barbara Redmond of famous streets and places and gardens of Paris. Printed on archival 100% cotton paper, each print is signed and dated. Or email Barbara at barbara@awomansparis.com. Free shipping in the continental U.S.A.

Text copyright ©2012 Barbara Redmond. All rights reserved.
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