I have actually come to think of a stripe top as a neutral. I think it's the perfect foil to go with prints but at the same time works wonders in adding interest to a neutral and otherwise potentially dull outfit.
Now I do need a Breton top - a bog standard Breton top which I'm going to do a proper hunt for and in fact I did start it. But these are things you really need to try on. Which I will do but at the moment I am totally up to my eyes in kids and researching the dullest things on the planet which aren't important but they sort of are - mirrors and bathroom cabinets have been the focus of the last four days. There is officially nothing I do not know about where to buy every single style of rectangular mirror or not modern looking bathroom cabinet. Have I found one I actually like?
Well, yes actually I have found a bathroom cabinet finally but now I need to find a mirror to match. That's the right size. As this was so dull and confusing and I made the mistake of looking at ebay where I can lose weeks of my life and thousands of pounds and I now have a "vintage" sofa arriving and am this close to pressing the button on a pew. As you do. Neither of which solve my mirror issue but it definitely has dented my research capacity into Breton tops.
However whilst I was contemplating the Breton top issue (they come with their own postcode of issues, believe me - I will explain), it made me think - I am a lover of all stripes. Because there are actually times when a top that isn't navy and white is a lot more useful.
And.....it's September! I did August with no spending at all and so the shopping ban is now over. Ok so I did maybe mention that I was considering doing September as well and I'm not going to say I definitely am but I've done the first with no purchase which is better than nothing.
Will it last? Hmmmm.... well I haven't ordered the Zara coat from the last blog yet but the chances of me ordering it are high.
The chances of me lasting the whole of the month without ordering a stripe top are low. They're very low. As suddenly (and yes this happens a lot when I write this blooming blog - I start a post thinking - ooh that might be vaguely useful to have and finish it by thinking I can't possibly survive without said item) they are the one thing I MUST have to make my A/W wardrobe work. The lynchpin to a 1000 new outfits with the purchase of just one top. In my head.
Here's what I'm talking about.
Black and white - I am still definitely attempting to channel that across the Channel Parisian look and it's black, black and a bit more black - with a bit of white thrown in. And I happen to think the heart elbow patches add a certain Sonia Rykiel, Markus Lupfer esque charm.
And this is a Tall version so the arms should be long enough.
ASOS Tall Stripe Jumper with heart elbow patch £22
A red version - in normal sizing (available in the black as well on the link) £22
Now we all know that I love a man's jumper. Not for them of course (although I did buy The Husband a rather lovely cotton Breton jumper from M&S for his birthday which he has lived in all Summer - smug smiley) but for me. And this top looks like a total bargain at just £10 now in the sale. Not entirely sure whether it's black, grey or navy but I have to say, not too bothered for that price. Ideal for throwing on for super casual but still managing to look *dressed* and adore the button detail on the shoulder.
Selected Stripe Jumper with boat neck was £35 now £10
Another ridiculous bargain this time from Pull and Bear. Now frankly it would be rude not to order this as I think it would look ace with my black leather A line skirt. Just perfect.
Pull & Bear Stripe Jumper now £5.50 100% cotton. Yes, £5.50. Less than a bottle of wine (apart from the rather nice Rioja they currently have for half price in Lidl at £4.99.....) With hindsight, I think it's black but it may be navy. Bothered - this still totally works for less than £6.
Another Pull & Bear bargain but this time a V neck oversized jumper - love the v neck detailing at the back here. I know that lots of people who are slightly more blessed of chest than myself, don't feel that comfortable in stripes, but a V neck is the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Team with a black vest underneath to lesson the stripes slightly.
Pull & Bear Oversized V Neck Jumper was £25 now £11.00
Back to black and this time teaming it with charcoal, is this one from Toast.
Now I have an olive and bone tunic from Toast that I think I'm going to have cropped into (not a cropped top, dear god no) but a shorter top so I get more wear out of it. As opposed to it sitting in my wardrobe for months, deciding that it doesn't work and I'd like a new one. As this is what often happens. As a shorter top it would be ace. Job done. These may not be cheap but they are really excellent quality.
Toast Breton top in Charcoal and black stripe £59
A more casual version at ASOS but this would work just as well with a leather skirt or leather trousers I think? Super casual with a pair of jeans and a black biker jacket - perfect.
Grey and white with a navy edge £28
Slightly more expensive again but I love the idea of a more fitted top - the ribbing though should mean that it isn't too clingy. This would work really well under blazers. Would also look fab with my white collar that I have from Cos to give a shirt illusion.
Love the classic nude and black colour combo.
Winser Stripe Ribbed Jumper in nude and black £79
Unusual colourways can also be useful and add interest - my olive and bone one for example goes with a host of different shades.
This is the perfect Autumnal tone to add to blacks or navys. Also would look great with tans and mulberry colours.
Toast Breton stripe top in teal and taupe £59
And a navy and black version from Jigsaw.
The Boyfriend Reverse Stripe Black Sweatshirt £49 from Jigsaw
But if you are looking for classic navy then there are a couple of jumper options (not broaching the classic Breton stage, fear not) which are in the sale and complete bargains.
Mango Striped Jumper was £34.99 now £16.99
They also do it in, what they call light pastel brown (bleurgh) but to be honest it looks like more of a nudey, blush, taupe shade to me. Also £16.99
Phase Eight Bella Breton top now only £25 was £65
Or there is another men's option from New Look for again, a bargain £19.99
So outfits from the weekend.
Navy and white linen top - Massimo Dutti
Straight leg jeans turned up - Earl
White sliders - River Island
Goat hide bag - Zara
And one of my many many stripe tops.
Navy Breton top - Maison Scotch
Navy waffle blazer - Next
Real straight jeans turned up - Gap
White Sliders - River Island
Tan bag - Prada
I'm off to do some ordering. There is a good chance I will have blown the shopping budget by tomorrow..... Anyone else made any purchases already in September? It being all of the 2nd?!