Anna Berkeley

Best of Breton

August 22, 2013

photo (10)I never thought I would own so many Breton tops. I vividly recall buying a doll in Britanny aged about 8. She was housed in a plastic cylinder wearing traditional Breton costume, admittedly it was more about a full skirt and an apron than a stripe, but I think the seed was sown.

I have breton’s from Gap, ones from service stations in France, ancient French Connection versions and many from Margaret Howell. I could spend several weeks wearing different colour mixes and I actually prefer the less obvious options as they are more interesting. Nonetheless, they are classic and easy to wear. In fact, a boat neck breton in a neat fit suits almost everyone.

I am wearing a summer cap sleeve in pale brown and black, worn with crepe track pants and the favoured Clarks sandals.

Top from Margaret Howell ( trousers from Joseph ( necklace by Day Birger et Mikkelson (

Below are some of the back catalogue…..


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