By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

Saint James Breton Stripe Top

If you’re racking your brain trying to figure out what to gift the fashionable gal or fringueuse in your life this Christmas, let us suggest a long-sleeve striped top and not just any run-of-the-mill striped top but the O.G. of all striped tops: The Breton made by Saint James. Sure, it may not be the flashiest piece of clothing to present as a gift but we can guarantee you that she’ll get so much use out of this classic piece that she’ll wonder how she ever got dressed without it or how she settled for disposable substitutes all these years.

The Breton striped top originated in Brittany, France was initially worn by French fishermen and sailors back in the 1800s before transitioning into a chic iconic top worn by the likes of Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, Picasso and Andy Warhol. The Breton shirt has over several decades inspired many copycats from high-fashion to high-street. Nevertheless, Saint James has been the authentic maker of Breton t-shirts and sweaters for over 125 years.

This graphic pattern has become a quintessential basic found in every fashion enthusiast’s closet. It can be dressed up or down and can as easily be paired with a sequins pencil skirt as it can with casual skinny jeans. There’s no expiration date on this style, so even after the anticipated stripe craze we witnessed all over the spring ’13 runways comes and goes, she’ll still be reaching for her Saint James top with its close-knit and double-twist cotton.

This is truly a fashion gift that will keep on giving.

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