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14 Breton tops to channel Parisian chic this spring

Look French-girl cool in these striped Breton tops

When pulling together a capsule wardrobe there are a few things you definitely want to include: a leather jacketa white summer dress and the perfect pair of jeans, to name just a few. One item you also shouldn't go without is a versatile Breton top.

First worn by the French navy and loved by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, they're now synonymous with effortless Parisian style. They're also a favourite of Kate Middleton who has been seen out wearing them with tailored culottes, and Alexa Chung who pairs hers with everything from leather shorts to jeans and trench coats.

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Shop the look for yourself with our pick of the best striped Breton tops available to buy online now.

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Short sleeve Breton, £25, Boden

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Boden's popular Breton top comes in several different shades, from timeless navy and ivory to vibrant yellow and pink.

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Breton stripe top, £27, & Other Stories

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& Other Stories' Breton stripe top would look great thrown on with just about anything this spring.

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Hobbs Sonya Breton top, £35, John Lewis

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Hobbs' classic Breton was made for easy styling.

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Sailor top, £29.95, Sea Salt

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Sea Salt knows how to do nautical, and this simple Breton top is a wardrobe staple for all seasons.

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Striped cotton t-shirt, £19.99, Mango

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Mango might have created the perfect everyday striped top with this relaxed style. It hangs just right and looks far more expensive than its £19.99 price tag.

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Boxy Breton, £85, ME + EM

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We love Me + Em's boxy fit Breton styled with a masculine cut shirt underneath.

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Victoria Beckham Breton striped long-sleeved top, £190, Farfetch

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Trust VB to nail a modern take on the classic Breton. This new season piece features colour blocking and a slightly oversized cut.

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Petite Bateau Breton top, £79, La Redoute

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This long-sleeved jersey Breton by French brand Petit Bateau is the perfect transitional piece.

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Whistles Breton stripes cotton top, £49, Selfridges

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With dropped shoulders and a slouchy fit, Whistles' boyfriend-style Breton top is the ultimate throw on and go.

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Pure cotton striped T-shirt, £7.50, Marks & Spencer

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Lightweight with a straight silhouette, this M&S Breton top is great for layering.

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Superdry Breton tee, £13.99, eBay

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This cotton tee from Superdry is an oversized staple; tuck into mom jeans or wear with skinnies.

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Boat neck top, £17, COS

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Made from pure cotton with a relaxed fit, this timeless boat neck Breton tee from COS will see you through every season.

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Short sleeve heart glasses Breton tee, £35, Olive & Frank

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You might know Olive & Frank for luxe loungewear but we love the Breton tees, too. It's all in the little details like the embroidered heart glasses and contrasting red hem.

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Chinti and Parker Breton jumper, £195, Farfetch

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Made from a super fine cashmere blend and with red heart detail, Chinti and Parker's Breton jumper is exactly what we want to be wearing on those cooler spring evenings. 

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