The Breton stripe shirt (or the sailor shirt) originated in Brittany—a French province that occupies the peninsula between the English Channel and Bay of Biscay. The long-sleeved cotton garment usually has a boat neck and, traditionally, the stripes begin around the breastbone. Coco Chanel was the first designer to reinvent this shirt for women to wear. Today it's a must-have and it doesn't matter wether it's short, long, tight or loose. As long as you wear one, you're hot! Although this shirt is the perfect low-key option, remember it can also be dressed up with a skirt and a heel or tight knee-high boots for a sassy winter ensemble.
Pics from left: Alexa Chung, Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller, Kate Moss, Elle MacPherson and Audrey Tautou from the movie Coco before Chanel.