Whenever I think of a classic Parisian woman, the first thing that comes to mind is the iconic Breton striped shirt. Look at any vintage photo of Paris and you’ll see celebrities and everyday people rocking the Breton shirt. But, it’s also very current and on-trend. It’s truly a classic shirt that has thrived throughout the decades.

When we decided to make Paris a stop on our most recent European adventure, I knew I needed to get my hands on a Breton shirt for the trip. I scoured online to see what was available. I prefer to shop online when preparing for a trip. This alleviates the pressure of finding something perfect while on vacation. After a lot of research, I kept coming back to The Original Breton Shirt Company. What I liked most about this company is that they took the classic design and modernized it a bit so they offer shirts with a feminine fit. I have small children and I jump at any chance to wear something that will make me feel cute and put-together.

The Original Breton Shirt Company sent me their Chemise Saint Malo in classic red. I normally don’t wear the color red. This shade is a dark cherry color and looks fantastic with the nautical stripes. All shirts from The Original Breton Shirt Company are made with 100% organic cotton and they are so soft. My shirt had a nice weight to it, so it could be worn alone, or paired on top of a shirt or underneath a sweater.

Breton Shirt in Paris
I felt like a true Parisian relaxing in the garden near Notre Dame in Paris. Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

I’m in love with my Breton shirt. It felt appropriate for basically every activity we did on our trip to Paris. The weather in April was surprisingly cold. I layered a sweater on top in the early morning. When the sun peaked out in the afternoon I was able to just walk around with the shirt and a nursing camisole underneath. The Breton shirt was roomy enough to easily nurse in where ever we were. But, it didn’t feel too wide, so the fit was pretty flattering. The color also looked very chic paired with blue jeans.

Breton Shirt in Paris
My youngest enjoyed his first carousel ride at the base of Sacre-Coeur in Paris. Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

My Breton shirt is very versatile. I felt confident touring major attractions like Notre Dame and Sainte-Chappelle because the shirt was modest. I was also comfortable exploring around Sacre-Coeur and playing with my baby and 3-year-old at the park and carousel. It was also the perfect top to enjoy a leisurely Parisian lunch at a quaint cafe and for racing those iconic toy boats at Jardin du Luxumbourg.

Breton Shirt in Paris
My oldest entertained us at a cafe by spinning a medallion he got at Sainte-Chappelle. Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

What I like most about my Breton shirt is that it will always remind me of the special memories I made wearing it while bringing my family to Paris for the first time. I’m looking forward to wearing it around Seattle when I visit our French cafes and anytime I step on a sailboat. There are very few clothes that can put a smile on my face as soon as I wear it. My Breton shirt is one of them!

Dress like a Parisian with The Original Breton Shirt Company

The Original Breton Shirt Company sent me my shirt for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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38 Comments

  1. That shirt is so cute and timeless, just like you said. Plus, it is the quintessential Parisian look – simple and elegant. I love that you found something that is versatile enough to look great while also hanging out with your littles – something I often struggle with.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, I struggle so much with that! I loved that I could nurse in it since there was a bit of width to the shirt.

  2. Super cute top! I’m not one for wearing strips but when done right they can really look fabulous! I had no idea this was a parisian style.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yep! This is one of my first times really wearing stripes and I’m digging it!

  3. You look so super chic in this shirt! Love the Breton shirt – totally a classic and totally perfect for casual days while you still want to look fab!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! I know it will be a staple in my closet for years!

  4. Very cute shirt! I miss living in England and visiting Paris. These posts make me want to move back overseas again. Such a beautiful city!

    • marciecheung Reply

      What a cool opportunity you had living in England!

  5. I love shirts that never go out of style and this is one of those shirts! Looks like you guys had a fantastic trip.

  6. This shirt is so very cute!! I love the red and white stripes. Breton shirts are such a classic, I never get sick of them and there’s a reason they are always in fashion — they look amazing with everything!

  7. I love your classic style. Sometimes the simple outfits have that timeless look. I always feel like what Chanel said was true. Before you leave the room, remove one accessory. When I was younger, I’d wear giant statement necklaces and earrings. Now I focus on one piece with a pattern. I feel like it makes you look more refined immediately!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes, yes, yes! I live by that Chanel quote, too!

  8. What a cute little outfit – loving the breton stripes on you, they really emphasise your gorgeous figure! And it looks so comfy too! xx

  9. I love the style of this shirt, so timeless (like you said). I also love that the length is perfect. I hate shirts that are too short, and you are constantly pulling at them to keep you covered.

  10. Elizabeth O. Reply

    This is a trademark when it comes to Paris. I think it’s really nice and it’s perfect for everyday wear. It’s something that you’d want to have in your closet.

  11. You really can’t go wrong with a classic Breton shirt. It looks tres chic with a pair of jeans or even with a skirt.

  12. This shirt is amazing. It reminds me of Audrey Hepburn. I could absolutely see her wearing it with cigarette pants and a little scarf.

    • marciecheung Reply

      I know, right! And who doesn’t want to dress like Audrey?

  13. This is such a cute shirt on you!! You are totally rocking the parisian look! I love to wear nautical looking stripes.

  14. Upon reading your blog, I just realized that a striped shirt has been a symbol of classic Parisian woman. It is in a way classic but also a bit modern. I bet, the shirt feels so comfortable, a little bit cold or warm weather, it is still good to wear. Plus it is good on jeans, long skirt or a jumper.

    • marciecheung Reply

      It’s so versatile, which is why I think it’s so iconic

  15. The shirt is very chic! I love the whole outfit. I am awful when it comes to getting some cute little
    Outfits!

  16. Now there’s a classic shirt that I have not seen in a while. I never got the opportunity to own one of these back when they were popular before. I will get my chance now!

  17. Ooh your short is so cute! I’m obsessed with stripes! I wear them whenever I can so maybe I’m a secret Persian 🙂

  18. I love this shirt! It’s casual and comfortable looking yet feminine. It is also a classic that perfectly captures the Parisian look.

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! I love how it isn’t as boxy as other Breton shirts.

  19. I took a semester in Paris and I still have fond memories of my time there. Looks like you, guys had a lot of fun. I love how this shirt looks on you!

    • marciecheung Reply

      Thanks! I don’t usually wear stripes but this shirt is super cute!

  20. This shirt suits you very well. Another brand that is very successful in France is “Petit Bateau” (my daughter works there) : interesting collection for young mothers and children. Have a look on : https://www.petit-bateau.co.uk

    • marciecheung Reply

      Yes! I actually picked up a pack of onesies for Hugo that are Petit Bateau! I can’t wait to dress him in them this summer. They have the cutest things for moms and kids! I told Darren that I wished we had more time to shop in Paris. I guess we’ll just have to come back 🙂

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