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Posted on 15 October 2016


The Breton sweater is an iconic staple item that has been around since the late 1850’s. First introduced in France as a seaman's uniform it has been worn as an essential knit ever since. This highly versatile sweater is suitable for any occasion, dressed up or dressed down, it is perfect for adding that touch of individuality to a simple and comfortable outfit. Here at Paul James we stock our Breton stripe jumpers in the traditional and timeless colours of navy with ecru, and ecru with navy. The jumper has a contemporary fit which is true to size and is made from 100% cotton.


The Formal Look

The first assembling is a classic look which is perfect for work or a more formal event. Take the navy and ecru jumper with a pair of straight legged trousers, matched with boat shoes or brogues, and a pulled together with a tailored jacket. As the temperature is dropping, then don't be afraid to add our cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt in white underneath the jumper to bring another unique element to the look, as well as keep you a tad warmer.


Timeless Classic

breton strpe sweater styling

The second outfit is flawless for a day out. Take the ecru and navy jumper with some acid wash straight legged jeans, and chunky boots. If you're feeling the chill, then add a Parker style coat over the top to complete the look. 


Layering With Denim

how to style the breton stripe sweatshirt with denim

The third outfit is completely on trend, as featured in a number of runway shows this season. Adding denim to any outfit gives it an edge and it is no exception in this circumstance. Take a denim shirt under the navy and ecru Breton stripe, pair with some cream or badge chino trousers, rolled up at the bottom, and some brown leather brogues. Or for a really chic edgy look then style with a denim jacket. If you are really feeling brave, then combine this outfit with a pair of jeans for the classic double denim look. 


Comfortable and Causal

how to style the breton stripe sweater

The fourth look is perfect for lounging around the house on a Sunday afternoon or just popping around to the local shops for some quick essentials. Take the ecru and navy sweater with some 'off white' skinny, drop-crotch bottom, and there you have, a super easy comfortable look that is ideal for those lazy days that we are all so fond of.


Looking Smart

how to style the breton stripe round neck jumper


The final look is ideal for a casual meeting. It takes the navy and ecru jumper with a slim fit navy or black suit and a pair of smart shoes. If you want to dress it up a tad more and make it more formal, then pair with a white shirt and a navy tie, combined with the navy and ecru jumper  . This look is suitable for anyone who wants to smarten up this casual looking jumper.

The classic stripe helps to add a more interesting vibe to any outfit while still in keeping with the timeless, untouchable piece that is the, Breton Stripe Sweater.

Here's our contemporary take of this classic...

mens sweater 

 Disclaimer: Paul James Knitwear does not own any of the photos featured in this blog post and all rights and credits go to their rightful owners. Photos were taken from Pintrest. 

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