This Top Is Over 200 Years Old, and It's Still in Everyone's Wardrobe

Quick question: How many Breton tops do you own? If you can't actually remember the amount stashed in your drawers, then you're probably not alone. I know I have at least eight in my wardrobe right now, and one of my friends is constantly buying them to the point where I think it's becoming a problem. So why are we so in love with the striped tee? The thing about the classic Breton is that other than giving off that French fashion vibe, it's also incredibly easy to wear. Not only are Bretons chic, but mysteriously, they also manage to flatter everyone: you, your mum, your dad, your brother, even your cat (probably).

While we could credit Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, or even the Duchess of Cambridge with our love for the striped tee, the roots of the Breton go far deeper than that. It's over 200 years old and was made incredibly popular by one of the greatest fashion designers of all time. Intrigued? Keep scrolling for the history of Breton tops, and why we can't stop buying them…