...they're not just holiday favourites. I started the week going through my holiday heroes and what I've realised is that my best bits I take with me (and admittedly we're not talking dressing for 40 degrees in the Med here - we've got more of a Northern European Climate wardrobe chat going on) are in fact, my all year round must haves.
And up there at the top is my most beloved - the stripe top. Be it a breton, be it a jumper, be it a tee, it must be striped. For me, my current favourite which I've been wearing non stop since I got it last year is the Hush black and white jumper. This works on its own or with a tee underneath. It's a jumper but it's a thin knit so is ideal for layering and slim enough to slip a blazer over the top.
Can't recommend this highly enough and is perfect in this crazy weather when it's clammy and muggy one minute and full on chilly an hour later. A must for my suitcase, especially as it's a black and off white so perfect for my mostly monochrome themed selection - obviously with the odd khaki thrown in for good measure and obviously the leopard print scarf. In fact, whilst we're talking leopard print - my fave *print* combo (even though in my rather warped brain, I genuinely think of both of them as neutral....) - stripe & leopard. And yes, The Husband does actually come out in hives when I wear these together.
Stripe Boatneck Jumper from Hush £65
Premium Linen Sweater was £29.90 now £9.90 from Uniqlo
Another bargain to be had at ASOS - this time more fitted. For me, this is ideal to wear under a blazer in the A/W. Or now thrown on with shorts and a scarf.
ASOS Tall jumper in Stripe with elbow pads £22 and 100% cotton.
Instead of a jumper - a sweatshirt is a great alternative. I am a huge huge sweatshirt fan (guess what's coming shortly in my capsule collection...)
BDG Stripe Sweatshirt in Ivory and navy £39
On a jumper roll now and an oversized version at Abercrombie. A wide white stripe which some people may prefer.
Abercrombie & Fitch Stripe Oversized Knit Jumper £36
However I have to say I can't do a striped top blog and not mention the iconic Petit Bateau Breton. Admittedly less of a jumper and more of a top....
It may seem like a lot but it really is a fabulous investment. One of my closest friends has one and every time she wears it I do think - I *really* need me one of these. However I am scarred by the hideous story of a Joseph Breton that I owned. And wore once. And then handwashed. In the machine. Which a certain small 2yr old (now 8... how he has got to 8 is a minor miracle to be frank with you) decided to change from a cold handwash at 15 degrees to a 90 degree wash. I can't even stand to relive the rest of the nightmare but suffice to say, 6yrs on, it still makes me WEEP when I even contemplate recalling it. And no, the top could not be rescued. Sob.
Were I to purchase one of these, I would be reminded every day. Of a Breton I had that was very similar but dare I say it, nicer and more expensive. (I spent absolutely ages justify its purchase. But I must move on....) However if you're not the (occasionally) proud owner of a busy (we now know Aspergers/ADHD and no we weren't surprised) and button obsessed small boy - this should be your go to Breton.
Iconic Women's Breton Top £58
Or in the alternative colourway
If we're talking about tops, then I have to say winner of my stripe tee shirt challenge would be Me+Em.
Obviously the darling of Princess Kate (is that what we call her?) for the classic striped tee - I think she has the navy and white and also the cobalt and white. My choice would be the black and white. Really unusual to find a breton top in this combo.
Breton top in black and white £48
I have to say my choice though would be this completely bargain box tee.
Stripe V Neck Box Tee was £45 now £13.50
However this is new in and I simply adore this. No need to layer it up with anything, just throw it on and go. Perfect for work or the school run.
The 2 in 1 Breton Shirt £88 from Me+Em
A sneaky last minute summer purchase could be a stripe dress. Layer these over skinny jeans and a blazer, chunky cardi or biker jacket for Autumn.
Stripe long sleeve tee dress by Boutique at Topshop £45
Another version in grey at Urban Outfitters BDG Slouchy Stripe Marled was £39 now £22
Finishing with a sale bargain though and it doesn't necessarily have to be a breton to be a stripe though - this would be as fab over shorts and a tee at the seaside as it would with jeans for travelling in or for the cooler months.
Cashmere Stripe Jumper from hush was £120 now £85 with an extra 10% off with the code EXTRA10. Last day of the hush sale today!
And here I am in my fave stripe jumper. Home from hols now. It went simply too too quickly.
Grey tee - T by Alexander Wang
Off white jeans - All Saints
Black buckle sandals - Zara
Black Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
Can you believe that we left the coffee machine on holiday? Ok confession time, I am such a sad caffeine obsessed freak that I take my Nespresso machine on holiday with me. AND WE LEFT IT THERE. It's say on the side in a bag. Along with a shed load of pods and milk.
Luckily we're going back to Suffolk in a couple of weeks for another week so hopefully we should be able to pick it up then. Is it really really wrong to admit I think I might miss it more than had I left a child...? (OBVIOUSLY I'm joking... - spot the person who's not had a coffee since this morning. I have resorted to prosecco instead....)
Smallest boy's birthday tomorrow morning. He's requested Chilli for breakfast....