Looking for the perfect piece for your next trip? May we present the classic, blue-and-white, Breton-striped top. Coco Chanel may have been the first woman to wear one around 1917 when she started raiding men’s closets. (She paired it with wide-leg pants for an afternoon-reading-on-the-porch look.) She probably picked it up from the fishermen in Brittany who wore the heavy-gauge striped sweaters to block the winds coming off the ocean. Brigitte Bardot (below) donned one in the ’60s with cigarette pants and flats. Tres chic for a drive to the seaside.
More recently the staff at French Vogue began modeling the Breton again on the streets of Paris, et voila! You can’t swing a Marc Jacobs bag without hitting one now. All the shops seem to have a version for sale (Club Monaco‘s is particularly nice). Or go for a classic by Saint James. Here’s French Vogue fashion director Emmanuelle Alt rocking it.
The Packing List is a recurring column highlighting pieces that look great anywhere, especially in the seat of an Aston Martin on a cliff-side road in Italy.