For anyone who follows my blog or Instagram it comes as no surprise that I’m a passionate devotee of all things French. From the Saint-Émilion vineyards in Bordeaux to the architectural delights of Paris, the delicious wines, bread & cheese to the lilting musicality of the language…I’m a deep admirer of this country and all it has to offer the world. The Gallic culture is renowned for producing high quality products and adding a touch of elegance to pretty much everything – and most especially when it comes to their sense of style!
It’s no wonder then that “how to dress like a Parisian” is one of the most popular search topics on Google and You Tube for women all across the world – not to mention the huge number of books available dissecting their “style” secrets. Today on the blog I’m delving into the history of one of France’s most iconic fashion offerings – the Breton styled shirt and discovering the range of clothing from Jac Cadeaux; a brand which embodies the essence of French flair.
The history of Breton style
One of the sartorial pillars of this country’s style is undoubtedly the Breton stripes. Breton style originiated from Brittany, a region in the north of France where fisherman wore wool shirts to protect them from the elements. The French navy then adopted this style and introducing the stripes as their official uniform all the way back in the 1800’s. Now, the Breton shirt is emblematic of French style and remains as chic as ever well into the 21st century.
Discovering Jac Cadeaux in Sydney
I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with Jac Cadeaux for this article. They are a Sydney-based clothing & accessories brand, who have kindly gifted me a couple of pieces from their current selection to try out. Founded by Claudia Stahl who spent four years living in Paris, Jac Cadeaux is based in Sydney’s Darling Point. It’s a one-stop destination for discerning consumers who seek quality over quantity, as well as effortless sophistication when it comes to personal style.
The Breton striped t-shirt
One of my favourite pieces from their collection is the linen Breton striped t-shirt. Available in navy & white and red & white, it feels soft on the skin and is available in boat-neck and V-neck styles. Whilst my preferred Breton colour combo would have to be the navy & white version, I decided to try out their red & white striped tee for something different. This was definitely a great decision – the red is a blue based red (as opposed to an orange-based red) so it works well with my complexion and wardrobe palette. I also selected the boat neck style as I personally feel this is the most elegant neckline for me to wear. This tee is so versatile and chic which is why I consider it a wardrobe staple! It can be dressed up or down – worn on the weekends with jeans or even to the office underneath a blazer.
A Breton striped dress
Another chic option which is perfect for all seasons (apart from winter) would be their Breton striped dress. A knee length style with long sleeves, it’s made of linen so would be extremely comfortable to wear during warmer weather due to its breathable fabric composition. I selected the dress in the classic navy & white striped colour combo and just like the tee, it feels very soft & light to wear. This dress would be perfect styled back with sandals or sneakers and a great option to pop on after a day at the beach, with the sleeves rolled up.
Linen shirts with monogramming
Alongside their Breton style clothing, Jac Cadeaux also have range of classic linen button-down shirts, in blue, pink and white options. Designed for both men & women, they also provide monogramming which is a great way to add a touch of personalization to an outfit. There’s a wide range of plain t-shirts and long sleeved tops with different necklines and colours depending upon your personal preferences.
Chic range of accessories
For comfy & warm loungewear with an infusion of style, Jac Cadeaux also offer a range of luxurious cashmere tracksuits in grey and navy for men & women. The range of accessories is quite varied, with scarves, bags, totes and luggage all exuding elegant French simplicity mixed with practicality. My personal picks include the Grand Jac Tote, a cotton bag with stripes and the neutral feminine La Juliette Cotton Canvas Tote bag – perfect for carrying on the weekend whether you’re out shopping, wandering through markets or at a picnic. And if looking good simply isn’t enough and you’re interested in taking up language learning then Jac Cadeaux also offer French classes as well – to find out more visit La Petite French Classe here!
Versatility & classic pieces have become my priorities when considering future style purchases, as I prefer to invest in good quality pieces that will stand the test of time. I know the two pieces I’ve shown here on the blog will become staple items I reach for year after year. If you’re after an item which is guaranteed to add a touch of French inspired sophistication into your wardrobe, then I’d wholeheartedly recommend you check out more of the selection from Jac Cadeaux!
I hope you have enjoyed this article on the ever-classic Breton style with Jac Cadeux and let me know if you are a fan of Breton style clothing in the comments below!