La Marinière

La marinière ahhhh the enduring power of the effortlessly chic French-girl style that never ceases to amaze the world. Really?! No more cliché gaaah the web doesn’t need anymore. Who still writes that?! Sorry, so let’s start over…

To me, what I enjoy the most about wearing this quintessential striped pullover lies in the good ole memories of my trips to Bretagne (eating lots of galettes) or along the Pays de la Loire and hang out by the seaside and eat a bunch of sablés. Hello to a reminiscence of Chanel in Deauville inspired by les Marins’ uniforms who made the marinière so coveted. There are Breton tops everywhere at the market and crochet bags in la Guérande (even my mom got hers during our vacation both the stripes and tote bag haha).  How to be like a tourist, ask my mom lol.

I used to get my marinière from Saint James that is very soft and prefer the oversized shape but seems to shrink overtime. Petit Bateau striped tops are well made but the cut never fit my long upper body so they become an unintended cropped style top that I dislike. Lastly, I have made a small collection of APC striped tops that retain the shape well with a perfect cut and lovely details like the side slits and the bateau neck. Where do you shop for your marinière? How do you style it? Do you wear it as often as I do?


PS: Just came back from my road trip with loads of adventures and stories to share with you so stay tuned. I have yet to book my flight to Europe and before that a trip to Mammoth shall be coming up as well. So excited! Where do you guys plan on spending the end year holiday break?



  1. nomadicfille

    This post is really funny, especially about your friends lol. I’ve moved away from the classic blanc/marine stripe combination. I really like either the ivory/black stripe (like my one from Uniqlo, with red accents on the side) or ivory/red stripe. I wear mine very often, with work pants, with my pleated metallic skirt, I usually buy mine from Uniqlo when they are available but I’ve always wanted to try the versions from Petit Bateau.


  2. Sovannary

    Hey dear, thanks for commenting!! I’d love to try the ivory/red stripes too but have yet to find the right shades and fit. Can we email APC? I wear mine with everything but would love to wear it with metallic skirt too. That seems to be a great night out outfit! Haven’t tried Uniqlo due to skepticism with quality so I stick to APC for now. Writing this while wearing my mariniere haha


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