Nautical fashion is so much more than just Breton tops. Yes, the stripy tee is a feature in many wardrobes, but what about the other nautical pieces that we wear? From flares to caps, there are many wardrobe staples you might not even realise originated from the naval uniform. While they might have started as a military look, nautical fashion has become a classic for plenty. It's timeless and flatters everyone. If you're not sure how it's worn today or if you just want to know how to wear an updated version, then keep scrolling to see how street stylers wear it.
Style Notes: While there is more than the Breton top to nautical fashion, it's always a good place to start. Wear with a suit à la Caroline Issa or with a pair of jeans and ankle boots.
Bored of your tradition striped top? Opt for this sequin version by J.Crew.
Style Notes: The boatneck is often a key feature of a Breton top. Traditionally, it's meant to be wide neckline that exposes your collarbones.
Style Notes: The peacoat has been a traditional part of the naval uniform since the 1720s. While it's changed slightly over the years, it's still very similar to the original design.
A classic and also under £100.
Style Notes: Yes, bell-bottoms and flares are a retro style, but did you know they started in the Navy? Although they were originally part of the uniform, they now come in various styles from denim to bolder colours.
The chicest flares we've ever seen.
Style Notes: To avoid the novelty captain look, try a wool navy cap.
Bring this look forward with Isabel Marant's version.
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