Style note: la marinière

kirsten dunst-teen vogue

On Sunday I decided that I needed a new marinière top. This happens every spring (and sometimes in autumn too). So I went and got two. And I was wondering, what’s the allure of the nautical stripe top? Why am I seduced by it time and time again, season in, season out? It’s easy to wear and easy to team up. It’s functional, classic, simple, thus standing the test of time. And my mother says it’s one of those items that seem made for me. These are enough reasons for me.

the mariniere top

But there is something more: I do love its Brittany, sea inspired origins. The Breton top captures the spirit of summer and everything I love about it: its spontaneity and freedom, the coastal living, the hot summer sun, the sea, the early summer mornings brimming with intensity and enthusiasm. So next time I decide I need a new striped top, I think I will choose a traditional one, the classic marinière: knitted, with long or three-quarter length sleeves, navy blue and white horizontal stripes, and a boat neckline.

Vogue Germany, March 2009 lensed by Alexi Lubomirskichristy turlington by patrick demarchelier vogue april 1988

linda evangelista-ralph lauren campaign spring summer 1990gisele_bundchen
photos: 1-Norman Jean Roy for Teen Vogue, November 2006. Kirsten Dunst was styled by Havana Laffitte, via Pinterest/LatteLisa / 2-Kyklamasha via Haute Design / 3-Alexi Lubomirski for Vogue Germany, March 2009, via Fashioned by Love / 4-Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US, April 1988 (model Christy Turlington) / 5-Ralph Lauren campaign Spring/Summer 1990 (model Linda Evangelista) / 6-Peter Lindbergh for Harper’s Bazaar US, December 2006 (model Gisele Bundchen)

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