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The Black Breton Top

The Black Breton Top

The Black Breton Top

The Black Breton Top

The Breton Top

The Black Breton Top

The Black Breton Top

 

Though French style is not my cup of tea, there are still some French basics I enjoy wearing. The marinière* better known as breton top in English is one of those. Funny how language is. If in French the word marinière remembers the origin of that famous top – that is a vest sailors wore under their uniform – in English its name refers to the region of Brittany. In many French novels, Brittany is the region of sailors, so I always find the English translation a little bit poetic.

My great-grandfather was a sailor and serendipity had him sail to Douala, Cameroon. Literally my birthplace! Also, did I mention he was Breton? When my dad discovered this story, it surprised him a lot because he ended up living in Cameroon and marrying a Douala woman! Hence why today’s outfit is dedicated to my great-grandfather and this funny bond linking us.

Everyone knows a great breton top has large blue and white stripes. Worn by Coco Chanel and Jean-Paul Gaultier, it really is a classic of the French wardrobe. I twisted this idea by choosing a black and white body with thiner stripes that I styled with a perfecto and what I call a ‘sartorial sarong’ gifted to me by my flatmate. I didn’t wear them that much yet so expect to see them more!

And here you have my third black outfit! You can find the two other here and here.

ps: I did not cut my hair. It’s just shrinkage.

 

*Marinière comes from ‘marin’, the French word for sailor

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Aria Di Bari
    13th May 2017 at 9:20 am

    J’adore la petite anecdote sur ton arrière grand-père, la vie est pleine de surprise! J’aime aussi beaucoup ton look, la marinière est définitivement un essentiel à avoir! 🙂

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      Emmanuelle
      13th May 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Merci ! Oui on était tous surpris quand ma grand-mère a dit ça. Et en plus il avait ramené une petite sculpture de là-bas qu’on a chez nous aujourd’hui !

      Merci d’être passée !

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