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Spring accessories Ace the athleisure trend


3 ways to wear
The breton top

When it comes to stripes, the Breton top reigns supreme. Whether you go full-on nautical or just read between the lines, here are three new ways to wear this style hero


1. Nautical but nice

This Breton top is a rare sartorial gem: versatile and easy to wear, the subtle red trim gives it an extra point of interest over other striped styles. For spring/summer 2017, veer from the obvious black trouser (chic, but let’s try something new) and style your stripes with a statement skirt like this red midi. Drape a cashmere knit over your shoulders (think Left-Bank Parisian style), adding sleek white trainers for a modern finish. Stripes are a mainstay choice at M&S HQ – smart enough for meetings but casual enough for a Friday team lunch.

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“Work a NAUTICAL palette with this stylish red, white and blue ensemble”

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2. The stripes are all white

From nerve-wracking first dates to a rare dinner out without the kids, whatever the occasion, the stripe is your new best friend. A cinch when it comes to styling, dress it up with tailored separates like this elegant white skirt. Statement heels and a bold red lip bring extra wow factor.

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“Give your stripes an EVENING spin with statement accessories and a classic red pout”

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3. A twist on a classic

Stripes and denim are an instant match. Choose an indigo wash, throw on a cropped jacket and you’re ready for brunch, Sunday lunch or an afternoon of retail therapy. Have some fun here and deviate from the traditional nautical palette with these bright yellow sandals – an easy way to add a pop of colour and personality to your look.

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“Wrap a SCARF around your waist for a feminine twist that guarantees compliments”

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Photographer: Daniel Thomas Smith / Stylist: Louise Carmel Hall / Hair stylist: Bjorn Krischker
Make-up artist: Kim Jacobs / Model: Heather Marks / Womenswear editor: Charlene Barton

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