bib neck

Breton Stripes & Bib Necks

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

Orange Statement Necklace

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M Striped Skater Dress

H&M dress | Unknown statement necklace | A’Gaci heels | Forever 21 sunglasses

They say that pieces featuring Breton stripes are popular because of their versatility; after all, the best time to wear a striped sweater is all the time. Often associated with the French or the navy (maybe the French navy?), the style was popularized by Coco Chanel in the early 1900s. Since then, it’s expanded from blue and white stripes to every other color and stripe-length combination one can think of.

The way stripes go on a clothing item is everything. I’m a fan of how this dress incorporates them horizontally, vertically, and diagonally to create the illusion of a smaller waist and longer legs. It’s one of my favorites — I’ve even featured it twice before on the blog (see the other posts here and here). See how you can make it look so different, though? Total capsule wardrobe material.  (more…)