Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sarah's Spring Must Haves: Breton Stripe Shirt

Between working, writing, training for a half-marathon (my second!) and enjoying the sudden burst of sun and flowering trees outside my window, I've been a bit too busy to seriously consider what I need for my spring wardrobe.

Last week, I sold many items in a consignment sale, and after weeding out the things I wasn't wearing, things became a bit less daunting, at least in terms of my closet. I also did the seasonal swap: I put all the boots and winter shoes into storage and brought out my sandals, slides and wedges. I pushed all the wool blazers to the back in favor of cooler fabrics and silky tanks, and the sweater dresses got exchanged for breezy sundresses and cotton shirt dresses.

I'll spend the next four weeks exploring my must-have items for the season, leading up to a trip to New York slated for May 19 when I plan to make a big purchase (which I'll reveal during the getaway!)

First up: a must-have that I have yet to purchase: the classic Breton stripe top. I have a much worn, well loved navy and white tee shirt that I found years ago at a thrift store, and I have a second red and white striped breton-esque top that's a more recent find. Both will be in heavy rotation this spring.

I've yet to discover the perfect version of this classic French fishing top: I want it loose but not baggy, long but not a tunic with the perfect boat neck and three-quarter sleeve. Oh, and I need it to cost less than the $200 versions I've found on Net-a-Porter and Shopbop. The thrift store adventures continue.

Meanwhile, Breton tops are popping up left and right this spring. Who What Wear Daily recently did a post devoted to the look (see some takes on it at left and check out the original post here) and the style is showing up everywhere on models, celebrities and fashion bloggers. It's definitely one of my spring must-have items.

Image courtesy WhoWhatWear.com.


Anonymous said...

I got one at j crew (actually two, one that is blue/gray color with white stripes and one that is pink.) I love them both. Boatneck, a little long. Love it! And not very expensive!

jamie clare said...

seriously sarah, i've been looking for the same thing. i know so many people that find them at vintage or thrift stores and i have had zero luck.

let me know when you find one. paired with the joie oxfords and skinny jeans? hello perfect uniform

Sarah Baker said...

I checked jcrew, J, and sadly they didn't have the shirt you mentioned in my size any more! I'm still on the hunt...

Anonymous said...

Sad! Jenna Lyons just wore it on Oprah... so I think they were selling really fast after that! Good luck!

Alice in Wonderland said...

I was at the Gap today and there was a version in navy and white that was more of a lightweight sweater version. Definitely worth checking out if I were you!