The la Marinière, the breton or how I use to view it, the "striped tee" has finally graced my collection of essential pieces. No longer do I just view it as a tee with horizontal stripes. It is now a piece that is held in high regard in my clothing world. I might still call it a "striped tee", given la Marinière does not roll off my tongue (why do I find it hard to learn French!) but rest assure, the respect I give this "striped tee" definitely makes up for my tongue tied pronunciation of anything French. Also, I'll indulge in my limited French vocabulary by happily referring, from now on, to the "striped tee" as la Marinière in the digital world.
Even just last year, I would never have bought a la Marinière. I think it stemmed from the idea that horizontal stripes are not flattering at all. I still remember a friend wearing one and thinking to myself, "why would you wear horizontal stripes, it just makes you look wider!" However, I have come to realise it is not a problem and have come to embrace this essential piece with wide opened arms. So the search began...
Since my wardrobe clean out I only buy when I know I will be exasperatedly telling my friend how stupid I was for not buying this or that. This applied for the search of the la Marinière, even though I desperately wanted one I was not going to settle for the first and closest, just for convenience. There are many different versions of the classic la Marinière, I was looking for black thin stripes on white, a thicker feel, a loose fit, long or 3/4 sleeves and a small scoop neck. Sounds simple? Trust me, it has taken me three months to find it but the wait is seriously worth it!
I nearly bought the L. L. Bean "French Sailor's Shirt" after seeing Rachel's (Object Log) outfit but they did not have a "black/white" colour combination, even though the navy option would not have been that much different. To my surprise, or not really a surprise after writing about essential pieces I found my la Marinière at Zara. Can I say - mission accomplished?
I wonder if you read all that? Not the shortest post I have written, but would you expect anything different when the topic is on the la Marinière?
Now, I am going to apologise in advance as I might just wear everything with my la Marinière.
Zara - Striped Sweater