Is It Too Cliché To Wear Stripes in Paris?

A little post on the iconic marinière


Known in France as la marinière, a trusty striped shirt is as cliché as croissants, fromage and the colour navy blue. But as with many french clichés, where there is smoke there is fire and la marinière is a cult classic that is as common in every parisienne’s wardrobe as her little black dress.

For today’s look I’m going to be sharing this classic Parisian look with you guys and share with you how I pull off my stripes and keep the look chic and stylish all at the same time.

The striped shirt has a rich historical background and is a piece that is so simple, yet it carries so much culture in its fabric. La marinière is a classic style having originally spawned from Brittany and the uniforms of the sailors of that region. Think colours like white, black, red, black, gold and navy blue and you’ve got yourself the perfect colour palette for the french sailor aesthetic.


This everlasting culture that still finds its ways onto the runways and into the daily life on the streets of Paris can only be attributed to the work of Coco Chanel who, in her early days as a designer, created a nautical collection inspired by the uniforms of the sailors that would in turn liberate women from their corsets and spark a rebirth of female sexuality. By the 1950’s the famous breton stripes were being seen everywhere, from the french silver screen on the likes of Brigitte Bardot as far as Hollywood where the style was embraced by the biggest stars of our time such as Audrey Hepburn and James Dean. The timelessness of the breton stripe is what makes the look an integral piece in the Parisian armoire and is exactly while the style continues to live on stronger than ever today.



My favourite way to rock this style is of course by aiming for neutral colours. I’ve paired the red stripe on the top with a vibrant lipstick that compliments the colour.

In Paris you often see girls styling their t-shirts by tucking them into high-waisted jeans or skirts. Contrasting tight fits with dramatic flairs is also a common style secret and that is exactly why I opted for my favourite baggy high-waisted jeans from River Island to really bring the look together.

If the effortlessness chic of the Parisienne is something that you strive for, then adding a vintage piece is always a good idea. This Fiorucci jacket is among the best things I ever thrifted and I love how the cropped look makes the most perfect symmetry with the high waist of the jeans.

And that’s it for today’s look! I really hope you guys liked it. If you did let me know what you think in the comments. Do you have a striped shirt yourself? What do you think of the style?


That’s all from me for now. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon in our next post!

~Mandy xx




4 thoughts on “Is It Too Cliché To Wear Stripes in Paris?

    1. La Dame Who Fell To Earth

      Yessss! CDG are one of my favourite brands ever! Especially their Play collection ❤ it is perfect !
      And you are adorable my dear ! thank you so much x

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