Bardot, Birkin, Bruni… It’s widely accepted that French women have the strongest style the world over. Bed hair, no-makeup-makeup and that air of je-ne-sais-quoi, we make the unattainable attainable with our French girl’s guide to your autumn/winter wardrobe.
The Striped Tee
A genuine mariniere has exactly twenty stripes on both the front and back. Each stripe is ten millimetres in width and is separated by a twenty-millimetre band. Originating in the French Navy, it wasn’t until la fameuse Coco Chanel took inspiration from the Breton uniform that the style became a civilian staple.
Worn by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Audrey Tautou and Alexa Chung the mariniere is an iconic piece of French fashion. Eternally en-vogue, the striped top has been a staple for both men and women for over a century. Worn with classic denim or a signature cigarette trouser, there’s no doubt that you’ll get your wear out of this wardrobe essential.