French Stripes

Striped shirt is one of the true wardrobe staples. I believe most girls I know have some kind of variation of a striped shirt.

History fact: Stripy pattern was originally part of sailor’s uniform in France and was called Breton shirt. “Breton” stands for Brittany. A shirt displayed 21 stripes for each one of Napoleon’s victories against British.

Breton striped shirts became popular after Coco Chanel used it in her nautical line in 1917. The original collection consisted  of the stripy shirt worn with flared trousers in navy and white. That combination is still very popular today.

I took a bit more romantic approach to the Breton shirt by combining it with pleated A-line full skirt in teal, statement pearl necklace, and nude pumps. Red lipstick and orange nail polish completed the look. The look is very Parisian, effortless, and very easy to wear. Do you have your favorite Breton shirt combinations?

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Double Vision in Green

An idea of writing a double-look post featuring the same article of clothing worn two ways came about approximately the same time we decided to start this blog. But it never quite materialized into anything until Elena and I went shopping and saw green skirt at H&M that both of us fell in love with. The vibrancy of the color and a fun playful style seemed like a winning combination neither one of us could resist.

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Is Blue On Your Grid?

Bright blue hues are my weakness. Royal blue, cerulean blue, cornflower and steel blue – I think I have them all in my wardrobe. My very first painting purchase has been of something blue and surreal (I was 16 or 17 at a time so don’t hold it against me). And even though I filled my closet with a variety of other colors over the years, I am still partial to blue – the fact that an entire shelf of blue shoes will confirm.

This blue butterfly silk top is a recent purchase from one of the flash sale sites. When it comes to embracing bright colors, there’s hardly a better way to let them stand out than pairing them with a monochrome piece. My white checkered skirt is a true veteran of my closet but I found some alternate options (suggestions below).

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