Battle of the Bretons – Sezane vs Everlane

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Breton stripes are always in fashion.  Though there are times where they experience waves of popularity.  Now is such a time – Breton stripes are seemingly everywhere!  In the span of a few weeks, I’ve added two Breton tops to my wardrobe. I figured it was time to upgrade and retire my previous Breton top which had been in my wardrobe for almost 10 years.

Sezane top (sz XS), Everlane pants* (sz S – review here), Sarah Flint loafers* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off)

They’re such classic wardrobe staples, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on each of the styles I have from Sezane and Everlane, as they’re both currently available, and let you in on my thoughts on which one I ultimately prefer.  

sezane breton top worn by petite woman in blog post sharing comparison to everlane breton top

Sezane top (sz XS, worn loose on the left, tucked in on the right), Everlane pants* (sz S – review here), Sarah Flint loafers* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off)

In a nutshell: 

Everlane Modern Breton Tee 

$80 AUD / $57 USD

Colours: Black/White, Ruby/Canvas, Almond/Black

Sezane Marinere Top

~ $137 AUD / $100 USD

Colours: Ecru/Navy, Ecru/Camel, Ecru/Burgundy and other seasonal colours from time to time


everlane breton top worn on petite woman

Everlane top* (sz XS), Everlane pants* (sz S – review here), Sarah Flint loafers* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE’ for $50USD off)

Style-wise, both Breton tops are cut to a relaxed fit and feature a subtle boat neck.  I take a size XS in each of the tops and they both fit me well. The Everlane breton top is cropped in comparison to the Sezane version which sits at the hips. As to the fabric, there is a noticeable difference as to the weight of the cotton used.  The Everlane version uses a lightweight cotton (still a durable and dense knit), but the Sezane version is made of a heavyweight organic cotton.  As a result, the Sezane version looks and feels more premium and looks great worn on its own and layered over a collared shirt.  

Sezane’s take on the Breton features a sweet shoulder button detail which works to elevate the top making this a more dressier option. Everlane’s take is simpler.

Which one do I prefer? While I would normally gravitate towards a cropped fit on my petite frame, I’m currently reaching more for my Sezane Breton top.  I think it comes down to the fact that the top is made from a thicker cotton and has been an ideal transitional piece given we’re still experiencing some cooler spring days. It’s the ultimate “cool-but-not-cool-enough-for-a-knit” top.  That said, I can see myself styling the Everlane version with a pair of shorts in the summer because of the lightweight cotton.  I’ve certainly got myself sorted with a Breton top for each of the warmer and cooler seasons!

Have you got a tried and true Breton top? As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. A try-on of Sezane’s cult favourites and I finally added these Gucci loafers to my wardrobe having been on my wish list for yeeeeears!

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2 Comments

  1. Yordana
    October 17, 2021 / 7:54 pm

    Hello!
    Great review! I also have the Sezane breton top in navy and it’s a favourite! I was wondering how you would style if for a busyness-casual work environment? Thanks in advance! I love your posts by the way. I’m also in the law field and find them great and very useful!
    Best,
    Yordana

    • October 22, 2021 / 10:13 am

      Thanks Yordana! I’d happily style the breton top for work – It looks great with a navy pant suit as well as tucked into a pencil skirt. Thanks for the lovely feedback – I’m glad that you’re finding my posts useful 🙂

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