Coco Chanel’s androgynous, sailor-inspired 1917 collection, Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and Brigitte Bardot photographed lounging in a deckchair, on the beach, atop a Ferrari.
First worn back in 1858 by the navy in Northern France, these sea-blue stripes are named after the region they were first created in, Brittany. But while the unisex staple has never lost its nautical connotations, it’s most desired for the French elegance it exudes.