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Three timeless clothing items to keep you stylish

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30% incredible

Breton shirts, espadrilles and foulard scarves...

Three unisex French basics that should be permanent fixtures in your wardrobe. We offer you some advice on how to wear them.

Breton shirt

An emblematic piece created by Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Breton shirt is a ‘Made in France’ sailor’s classic. For men: cotton in the summer or wool in the winter, wear a Breton shirt with raw jeans or chinos that match the navy blue of the stripes.  For women: like Coco Chanel in Deauville in 1916, put on wide silk trousers cinched at the waist with a belt for a sleek, feminine allure.

Shopping highlights: Petit Bateau or Saint James

Espadrilles

Espadrilles: although the ancient espadrilles (400 years old) were first found in Spain, it was famed French stylist Yves Saint Laurent who built their reputation in the 1960s by creating espadrilles with heels. For men: to stay casual and yet stylish, follow the example of Pablo Picasso by combining them with a Breton shirt and plaid trousers.

For women: whether flat or high-heeled, wear espadrilles with a roll-up jumpsuit or a shirt dress to dance a wild mambo like Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman.

Shopping: authentic French espadrilles from 1789 Cala

Foulard scarf

Foulard scarf: from Marie-Antoinette to Grace Kelly, this accessory has been gathering fans for centuries. The term ‘foulard’ appeared in the 18th century, when it described a light silk or cotton fabric. With its coloured checks, Hermès has made this a must-have timeless classic. For men: go for a printed cashmere foulard scarf tied around the neck to dress up a white shirt. For women: worn on the head, around the neck or around the waist, this will brighten up a dark outfit in the blink of an eye.

Tutorial: watch 100 ways to wear a foulard scarf

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