Anyone can admit that for tourists and ex-pats alike, understanding and personalizing French culture can be incredibly difficult. From the language to the etiquette, it’s easy to find yourself frustrated.
Even saying hi in Paris is difficult …
However, there is one aspect of the French culture that is incredibly easy to master…. the mariniere. This piece of the traditional French navy uniform, created in the 19th century, has become a world wide staple and is one of the best ways to create chic, sophisticated looks with almost zero effort.
This striped tee can be found today dominating street fashion, runways, and celebrity wardrobes. The mariniere is not simply a vintage trend that has come back into style, but rather a timeless staple that never left. Perfect for style on a budget or for those busy days when you want to be comfortable, but still look great, we love the mariniere.
Take a Hint from Our Paris Fashion Dreamgirls
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, and Brigitte Bardot…. Who can argue.
Love the style, but still unsure how to make it work for you? Let’s take a look at our favorite ways to sport this style for any season, all around the world. No matter your age, gender, location, or personal style, there is space in your wardrobe for this versatile piece. Here’s a few points of inspiration to get your creativity flowing…
The Casual Look: With Denim
A classic, casual look that’s perfect for strutting the streets, a lunch date, or anything outdoors. This look can be translated from summer with denim shorts or a vest, easily to spring or fall with a denim jacket. Pair this look with sneakers and a tote bag, or dress it up with heels and red lipstick.
Add an Edge with Leather
This is a super popular combination with celebrities (like Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, and Jessica Alba above). The combination of the classic striped tee with a modern and “hard” leather is easy to recreate, yet says, “I understand fashion, and I can take risks.” Ever feel like there are fashion rules that are hard to understand? Black and brown is okay now? What??? Well trust us, this is a combination that will always be chic. Pair how to purchase flagyl online with simple, smaller accessories in neutral colors to let the outfit speak for itself.
Extra fun with a Pop of Color
Another way to successfully wear the mariniere, with a little more fun, is by adding a statement color to your outfit. Choose one color from your current wardrobe, and don’t be afraid to go bold! For a easy choice, think primary colors: reds, yellows (we love Rose Byrne’s mustard), blues, and kelly green all work nicely with the white and black. Warning: Simplicity is key. One statement piece can say a lot more than a yellow handbag, with a yellow coat, with yellow shoes, etc.
Or Try Something a Little More Daring
If you really want to create a wow moment, try out these daring, but definitely successful choices. Because the mariniere is so versatile, there’s massive room for experimentation and play. One of our personal favorites, the double stripe, combines the mariniere with a second striped piece. Tips for achieving this look include sticking to a muted, uniform color pattern, like the two outfits on the right. The striped items are of the same color scheme, so they communicate with one another and work together. Or try larger color blocked stripes, like the coat on the right for a chic but less obvious stripe duo. And lastly, to convert the mariniere from a day to night look, consider pairing it with a metallic piece, like silver or gold. This is a surprising combination that we are shocked to say we really love! Chic and confident, it’s truly a wow outfit.
And… If you’re anything like us, you’ll be buying one for your boyfriend too.
……. We have nothing else to say about this. We’re too busy staring at James Dean.
With so many choices, why do we choose the Hublot Mariniere?
Classic, French, and well made. The Hublot mariniere is the perfect combination of tradition and modernity. Super soft and light cotton forms a modern design inspired by the history of the piece. The long sleeves can be folded and cuffed, for a chic, French, yet personal style.
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