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