Five Ways to Style The Men's Breton Sweater


Vintage Breton Stripes Throughout the Seasons

The Breton sweater is an iconic, staple garment 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 Knitwear we have a selection of both lightweight and heavyweight Breton stripe jumpers, suitable for a variety of different occasions.


Why Choose Cotton

    Easy to care for, cotton is a low maintenance fibre and can be machine washed.

      • Cotton is incredibly durable. When wet it is 30% stronger which will ensure it withstands warmer washes. 
      • A soft, breathable fibre, cotton is hypoallergenic which make it perfect for those with sensitive skin.
      • Cotton protects again heat in the summer and the cold in winter by creating air pockets between the fibres.
      • Our cotton is never mixed with synthetic fibres which makes it entirely biodegradable.


              1. The Formal Look

              Formal Styling for your Breton Stripe Jumper

              Dress down Friday or drinks after work, our lightweight 100% Cotton Breton Crew in Navy is the ideal partner. Pair with straight legged trousers, contrast boat shoes or brogues and your favourite tailored jacket for a versatile and easy-going outfit. When the weather drops, thanks to the fit of the jumper simply partner with our 100% Cotton Star Supima t-shirt for extra warmth and another layer of comfort.


              2. Timeless Classic

              Timeless Ways to Style your Breton Stripe Jumper

              Perfect for a day spent trawling the shops or an afternoon in the pub, partnering your 100% Cotton Breton Crew in Ecru with straight legged jeans and chunky boots will not only keep you wrapped up warm but keep you looking on trend. If you’re wearing in boots or just struggling with comfort, our Alpaca Walking Socks with a cushioned heel will keep your feet protected and insulated. Dark accessories such as sunglasses, holdalls and our 100% Extra Fine Merino Beanie tie the look together perfectly.


              3. Layering with Denim

              Layering your Breton Stripe Crew Neck with Denim

              The third outfit is completely on trend, as featured in several runways this season. Adding denim to any outfit gives it an edge and is no exception in this circumstance. Take a denim shirt under our 100% Chunky Merino Ribbed Breton and pair with cream or beige chino trousers, rolled up at the bottom, and brown brogues. If you’re feeling brave, add a vintage denim jacket for that classic double denim look. Our ribbed Cashmere Beanie and Scarf set finish off the look and tie your colours together.


              4. Comfortable and Casual

              Keeping Comfy in your Breton Stripe Jumper

              The fourth look is perfect for lounging around the house on a Sunday afternoon or just popping around the local shops for some essentials. Pair our short sleeve 100% Cotton Breton Polo Shirt with navy skinny jeans for a super easy, comfortable look that is ideal for those lazy days that we are all so fond of. When the sun goes in, partner with our Callington 100% Merino Wool Crew Neck for an extra layer of cosy.


              5. Looking Smart

              Smart Ways to Wear your Breton Sweater

              The final look is ideal for a casual meeting. It pairs our Navy and Ecru Breton Crew Neck 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 navy tie, layering the jumper over the top. This look is suitable for anyone who wants to smarten up this casual jumper and introduce quirkier pieces into their work wardrobe.

              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.


              Men Wearing Breton Stripes Throughout History


              Whether you’re looking for a lightweight, versatile jumper for the spring or a heavier sweater for those colder months, having a Breton Stripe within your wardrobe introduces new outfits and ways to experiment with colour and silhouette. Search our entire men's Breton stripes jumpers collection.


              Read more about the history of the Men's Fisherman's Jumper, in our online journal.  

              Read how to style a t-shirt for men and the history of Breton jumpers.

              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 Pinterest. 

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