Visible Influence: Breton Stripe Shirts

The Breton stripe shirt is one of the French Navy's lasting contributions to men's style. While French fashion houses put out amazing collections each season, and brands like A.P.C., BWGH, and Pigalle make the kind of stuff that hypebeasts and style-conscious guys drool over, this basic shirt has essentially made itself part of the French uniform. Tradtionally worn underneath naval uniforms, the contrasting horizontal stripes were originally meant to make sailors more visible in the water if they fell overboard. Now, they just make a decidedly French fashion statement.