Closet Staple: Frenchie Striped Shirt

Happy Martin Luther King day everyone!


||Wearing: Striped eco-cotton top  (on sale now)- thanks to Gudrun Sjoden! Zara skirt (on sale now), Jazzy earrings – thanks to Henri Lou! Charles Jourdan pumps, Noir cuff, Oasis clutch||

I’ve been on the hunt for that perfect infamous Frenchie Breton striped shirt.  It exudes such an androgynous but chic personality.  The striped breton shirt was introduced shortly following the 27th March, 1858 Act of France as the uniform for all French navy seaman.  Coco Chanel then introduced the nautical line to the fashion world in 1917.  But my first glimpse of this shirt was when I was 10 while flipping through the fashion magazines.  It was love at first sight.  Then later in my teens, I was introduced to classic movies showcasing iconic movie stars like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot sporting the fabulous striped top.  They looked absolutely stunning and elegant.

I have since purchased a couple of striped shirts but they were worn out very quickly due to the quality of the material.  Today, I have a few in my closet but none of them came close to what I have been looking for in terms of style and quality like this striped shirt from Gudrun Sjoden.  They are eco-friendly and made from 100% organic cotton.  You can’t get any better than this.  A true closet staple that can stand the test of time.

Coco Chanel designed the Breton striped shirt to be paired with long flared trousers.  However, I love tucking this top in a pencil or a trumpet skirt like this look here.  I usually finish the look with a statement necklace and a dainty earrings.  Sometimes, I just pair the top with the statement earrings like these beautiful vintage inspired ones from Henri Lou.  Don’t they compliment my messy French bun…oiu?





 Photography: Gabriel Burrafato

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Comments: 30

  1. Agi January 20, 2014 at 7:58 am Reply

    Beautiful outfit. Love the accents of green.


    • Janise January 20, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply

      Thank you Agi!

  2. Beata January 20, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

    You look beautiful:) I like the green accessories :)
    Have a lovely week. Kisses Beata

    • Janise January 20, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

      Thank you Beata!

  3. Rhea January 20, 2014 at 3:38 pm Reply

    i love that you have the history behind the striped shirt. very rarely does that happen and it shows you are a true fashion enthusiast! but, that definitely already shows in your style. i love visiting your blog… your outfits are very inspiring! (love this skirt!)

    rhea @
    latest post: Rhea, Et Cetera – chevron dress & blazer

    • Janise January 20, 2014 at 3:43 pm Reply

      Thank you Rhea!

  4. Ashley January 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing that fun history! And you definitely got the perfect striped shirt! I have a great B&W striped shirt, but I have worn it so much it is getting worn out. I definitely need to find a new one like yours!

    • Janise January 21, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply

      Thank you Ashley!

  5. Rachel Kaylynn January 21, 2014 at 8:29 am Reply

    Really like the pops of green you’ve added to your outfit. You look fabulous!

    • Janise January 21, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply

      Thank you Rachel!

  6. celyn January 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm Reply

    you look so chic! this is such a great outfit. really loving your blog, just followed you on bloglovin!

    • Janise January 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm Reply

      Thank you Celyn!

  7. Daily Express January 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm Reply

    Lots of fabulous details in your look! I’m especially loving the green earrings and belt (great color complements with the navy!) Also, thanks for the terminology on the trumpet skirt! I didn’t remember the name of that style but it’s very flattering!
    On the Daily Express

    • Janise January 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thank you :)

  8. Red Tag Chic Los Angeles January 22, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply

    Hello pretty Janise…’re looking better than ever!!!! A striped number like that is so classic & always is a winner in my book!!!


    • Janise January 22, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply

      Thank you Rebecca!

  9. Dhruvi January 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous, chic outfit! You look beautiful!!

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    • Janise January 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm Reply

      Thank you Dhruvi!

  10. Carylee January 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Absolutely agree about this being a staple! It’s the perfect for pattering mixing also, or just for added interest under a cardi or a blazer! You look beautiful as always!

    • Janise January 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Thank you Carylee!

  11. Vicki @ WITC January 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm Reply

    I like the striped, Parisian top for a cute weekend look. Haven’t thought about pairing it with a pencil skirt for work! Love this look.

    <3 Vicki

    • Janise January 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm Reply

      Thank you Vicki

  12. Sara Shoemaker January 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm Reply

    visitng from the link up! I love that striped top which reminds me of Coco Chanel in one of those movies about her. You have a very classic look about you, I love it! That belt is the perfect addition to the outfit.

    • Janise January 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm Reply

      Thank you Sara!

  13. Vanessa! (@withgreatheart) January 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Gorgeous outfit, I love every piece, especially that green belt!


    • Janise January 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm Reply

      Thank you Vanessa!

  14. Fashionista Momma January 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Gorgeous as always!! I especially love the belt and earrings.

    • Janise January 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm Reply

      Thank you Fashionista Momma!

  15. Sherry January 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm Reply

    So perfect on you and definitely your style. So chic and stylish:) Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Janise January 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Thank you Sherry!

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