The Breton dress – a perennial spring/summer style staple. But thanks to the relentless cold weather you’d be forgiven for thinking this throw-on-and-go basic won’t get to see the light of day for a while yet.

Earn Your Stripes - Breton Dress

Not so. We laugh in the face of rain and, fake tan at the ready, refuse to hide our legs a moment longer! So here are four ways to layer up and wear a Breton dress right now and right through the rest of the good old English summer.

West is best

Unleash your inner cowgirl! Pop a denim shirt over your dress for extra layers in the cold weather, rolling up the shirtsleeves to show off those lovely stripes and knotting the waist for a better shape. Team it with cowboy boots and a fringed bag for low-key classic western style.
Dress £135 from Joseph
Shirt £42 from Warehouse
Boots £22 from Dorothy Perkins
Backpack £29.99 from New Look

Don’t stint on print

If you’re nervous about mixing prints, stick to a theme or colour palette for an easy way to work the trend. Here we’ve added zebra striped flats, a textured t-shirt and a navy and cream Aztec bag.
Dress £135 from Joseph
Top £7.99 from H&M
Bag £28 from River Island
Shoes £85 from Sam Edelman

Great night out

Okay so this is a bit of a cheat as it’s not exactly cold weather gear but hey, if you can’t wear it in the daytime, use it in the evening instead. After a drink or two you won’t feel the cold any longer!
Dress £135 Joseph
Sandals £40 from Asos
Clutch £35 from Aldo

Lovely layers

Wrap up warm and wear your dress as a tunic over your favourite skinnies. Too yawn-worthy? Add interest with a bright bag and shoes. We love yellow and navy together but pink, red, green or metallics will work just as well.
Dress £135 from Joseph
Jeans £48 from Oasis
High tops from £148.99 Ash
Bag £25 from Boohoo


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