Originating from Brittany France in 1820, the Breton sailor shirt exudes French chic. Constructed from a fine knit cotton, with three quarter sleeve, it protected sailors from the elements. It was thought that the bold navy and white stripes made it easier to locate a sailor overboard.
Jean Seberg, James Dean, Andy Warhol, Coco Chanel, are just a few of the endless icons both male and female who have donned the unisex nautical striped shirt..
Jean Seberg in the iconic sailor shirt
There are many options to choose from. L.L. Bean's take on the sailor shirt is comfortable and affordable. The shirt is also available in an assortment of colorful stripes. For a French classic look, go with Petit Bateau It’s sailor chic details include low shoulder seams and ribbed cotton fabric. If you want an even more authentic French version than go the the St. James. They have been creating Breton shirts since the 1850′s. The slouchy striped shirt hangs on the body appropriately and let’s you move effortlessly with its three quarter sleeve.
L.L.Bean 100% cotton.
The truly authentic French sailor tee with a serious cult following. Made in Normandy since 1889. Saint James Naval.
Saint James Naval
Petite Bateau a classic at $84.
Madewell also carries in it's favorite brands category Saint James Meridien ii tee for $83.50