Yes, it is that time of the year with seemingly everyone making their annual pilgrimage to Europe for ‘the season’.

Everyone, apart from a few of us! With that in mind, I’m loving these pieces from Claudia Stahl and her French-inspired label Jac Cadeaux – and what perfect timing with Bastille Day coming up on July 14.

Here’s a bit of history about the brilliant Breton striped top and Dresses we see everywhere. But let me tell you, they really are a wardrobe essential and you will wear yours to death! Take a read.

In the midst of a sizzling European summer, there are few smarter ways of keeping cool and looking cool than in Sydney brand Jac Cadeauxʼs range of classic, Breton stripe clothing in lightweight, pure linen.

Jac Cadeaux offers its pure linen dresses, long-sleeve tops and Tshirts with the choice of bateaux neck or V-neck, with the elegant and authentic Breton stripe motif in traditional navy, red or khaki.

Authenticity – one-centimetre wide coloured stripes separated by two centimetres of white – harks back to the origin of the Breton stripe in Bretagne (or Brittany, as the English know it), on Franceʼs north-western coast.

In the mid-19th century, a time well before fluorescent Gore-Tex, Breton fishermen relied on heavy woollen jumpers for warmth and water-resistance while working on deck. The jumpers, made from local Breton yarn, were adopted in 1858 by the French navy, which specified the blue and white horizontal stripe to be more visible in the water.

Folklore has it that the French Navy specified 21 horizontal stripes, to represent each of Napoleonʼs victories over the British. Designers have had an enduring love of the simple, but chic stripe.

Coco Chanel was suitably inspired to introduce it in a 1917 collection, in a light jersey fabric; it was a fashion natural for the seaside vacationing that took hold in the roaring 1920s. And over the following decades, with outings by cultural icons from James Dean to Audrey Hepburn to Salvador Dali to Brigitte Bardot, the Breton stripe has become synonymous with effortless French style.

Jac Cadeaux proudly translates the Breton stripe to lightweight, pure (and perfect-for-summer) linen. For the perfect accompaniment, Jac Cadeaux offers Parisian-style, playfully sequined totes, and larger canvas totes with full leather base, trim and horseshoe charm. The bags are double-stitched for added elegance and durability and are available in French inspired hues of blue, taupe and neutrals.

Source: Jac Cadeaux