Saint-James Breton Stripe Shirts Three Ways

One of most ideal pieces of fall transition clothing is the Saint-James Breton stripe shirt. These long sleeve t-shirts, traditionally striped in blue-and-white, red-and-white, or black-and-white, provide excellent opportunity for layering and are offered in differing thicknesses. I think the common misconception is that these are traditionally women’s shirts, but the proud history of this company includes traditional fishermen’s sweaters from the 1700s and inclusion as part of the official uniform of the French Navy. This rich history has earned the shirts and sweaters the nickname “sailor stripes”.

I do think there are a few points to keep in mind with the Saint-James shirts and sweaters. First, the sizing is unisex. Sometimes they follow the women’s sizing and sometimes they follow the men’s sizing. Please pay attention to the sizing for each individual shirt/sweater. Second, these are shirts with horizontal stripes. They might not be the most flattering on guys carrying some additional weight around their midsection. I’m not saying don’t wear them. Wear whatever you like and feel amazing in. But be aware of how horizontal stripes can play visual tricks on a body.

Chinos and Shirt

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Shirt: Saint-James  //  Chinos: Bonobos  //  Boots: Clarks

Belt: Torino Leather Co.  //  Socks: Brooks Brothers  //  Jacket: Levis

Jeans and Sweater

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Sweater: Saint-James  //  Jeans: J. Crew  //  Shoes: Allen Edmonds

Belt: Allen Edmonds  //  Socks: Corgi  //  Jacket: J. Crew

Suit and Shirt

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Shirt: Saint-James  //  Suit: Brooks Brothers  //  Shoes: Converse

Belt: Torino Leather Co.  //  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban  //  Fragrance: Dolce & Gabbana