La Mariniere

[easy-image-collage id=714] La mariniere, or the Breton shirt, or the sailor shirt, is the french classic striped top.

I'm slowly making good on my vow of wearing colors this summer, and it is starting with this classic.

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I always had a hard time choosing the right thing to wear with the 'la Mariniere.' As with most prints, it's hard to find just the right thing to match with it. I tried white pants, but I looked like I was in a Jimmy Buffett music video...I tried shorts, but that was too Abercrombie and Fitch.

Because la mariniere is such a summer classic, I had to go against every instinct to wear it with a matching bottom.

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Coco Chanel wore it first, with black men's trousers, and since 1917 it has been worn by every major style icon the world over.

There's something about 'la mariniere' that just speaks volumes about class and sophistication.


I think pairing it with a black skirt is a little less 'expected,' especially in the summer. My style is all about taking classics and making them stand out, changing them, but not so much that they are no longer recognizable. That's why I love this pairing of the little black mini and patent leather heels (Manolos, duh :P :P )



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I chose some very light jewelry to go with the outfit. What defines something as classy, in my opinion, is simplicity. Over the top jewelry and 'bling' is garish and tacky. Simple Tiffany's diamonds, a toggle bracelet and gold bangles is just enough.

And again, I mixed silver and gold bracelets because I think it can be done well here.


Summer colors don't only have to be present in the outfit. I love this Antik Batik bag, and whip it out as soon as it gets warm. I know I don't seem like the type to wear fringe, but it adds a nice touch to some of my more conservative outfits :D

Especially for this look, it matches perfectly with my Viva Glam lipstick. It's so 60's, matching your lipstick to your bag ;)

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'La Mariniere' top -- similar here, here or here

Current/Elliott mini -- similar here and here

Antik Batik Fringe bag -- similar here and here

Manolo Blahnik patent leather heel -- similar here and here

Tiffany's DBY earrings -- similar here

Ralph Lauren bracelet set

Tiffany's bracelet -- similar here

Happy first day of summer!