Orcival: The Perfect Breton Striped Shirt

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Breton stripes have been all over the place the past few years, and for good reason. They go with anything and elevate any outfit. Like magic.

But, there is one Breton shirt that’s become my favorite — Orcival.

Orcival has a long history in France. It was the official outfitter of the French Navy beginning in 1939. The stripes made sailors easier to spot if they accidentally fell into the sea. (No seriously.)

Today, Orcival’s Breton tops are incredibly high quality, made from a sturdy cotton that can pass for a sweater or t-shirt. The fabric is crisp and polished.




The fit, though, is what really won me over. They have the traditional bateau neckline, with a roomy mid-section that narrows at the hips. Snug on your hips, roomy (aka forgiving) through your waist, the shirt kind of makes you look like a tall, svelte, effortlessly stylish Parisian (Parisienne if we’re being snooty about things). The low three-quarter length sleeve caps it off, like you constantly have your sleeves pushed up just so to flash a watch or bracelet.







I might love this shirt.

They aren’t cheap: $80 or more. But, they do last forever, unlike other striped shirts I’ve tried. I’ve had mine for almost 2 years and still wear it weekly.

You can find them at Noe Valley’s Mill Mercantile, or across the internet. Happy shopping!

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