In my darkest days of Who-Am-I post-baby dressing, I found myself with one outfit and one outfit only: grey skinny jeans, grubby white Converse and a breton top. And that’s what I wore because that was the only thing I had to wear. Not only was I uncomfortable I felt dowdy – and the result was I had a *thing* about tops with stripes for years.

But the fact is that a striped top has a place in every wardrobe. Not fifty striped tops, you understand? Just one.

Buy 16 if you like – I can’t stop you – but you only need 1 that fits properly and is in good condition.

If you don’t have one, or if the one you have is looking a little raggedy, get a new one but please, I know there are some major stripe addicts out there and that you will buy a striped top just because you want something new and you know that a stripe top is always handy.

STOP. Wait. Don’t. Save your money or wait until another post in this series, which may reveal a gimme classic you can’t live without, which will rejuvenate your wardrobe more effectively than yet. Another. Breton.

Make sure whichever you buy is a classic navy stripe on white background. Nothing with colours or ribbons or a “twist”.

Here are some good ones.

Fat Face

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John Lewis

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I particularly like this one above with the 3/4 sleeves

Uniqlo

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