In April 2016, Kensington Palace announced that the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue magazine had collaborated on a series of photographic portraits starring Kate. The photographs are featured in Vogue’s June issue, celebrating the magazine’s 100th birthday. (Learn more by clicking here).
In one of the photographs, Kate wore a red and blue striped breton top from French company Petit Bateau.
About Kate’s Petit Bateau striped t-shirt:
The t-shirt features an admiral neckline, long sleeves and a graphic horizontal breton stripes. There’s a small pocket on one side in contrasting vertical stripes.
Petit Bateau describe the top as “very fresh and contemporary”, and say “it’s an indispensable item for the summer.”
On some websites, the top is sold as the Petit Bateau Burkina t-shirt.
The tee is made from 100% cotton. In addition to the red/blue stripe design worn by Kate, the top comes in blue/cream and black/cream too:
The top costs £35 / $75.
Buying Kate’s Petit Bateau top:
Unsurprisingly, the top quickly sold out in all three colours at Petit Bateau.
UPDATE MAY 3rd 2016 – the company confirmed they’ll be restocking the striped top and you’ll be able to preorder it soon.
Can’t wait? Why not search for the Petit Bateau top on eBay?
The top can still be purchased in blue from Spartoo. Spartoo deliver to most European countries – navigate down to the flags at the bottom of the site to view the top in your local currency.
The top is discounted by 15% in the UK (note: the discount varies by country/currency.) Plus, Spartoo offers free shipping and returns.
In addition, Zalando stock the blue/cream and black/cream versions of the top on some of their European sites. It retails from €34,95. Sadly, it does not appear to be available in the UK or the USA. Use the flags at the bottom of the site to switch country/currency and check stock in your region. I believe Zalando offer free delivery and returns too.
Similar tops available:
Petit Bateau do sell a number of similar red and navy striped tops, if you’re looking to copy Kate’s style but don’t want to wait for the preorder. For instance, this Petit Bateau top looks identical, minus the pocket detail. It’s still available in all sizes at the time of writing:
Finally, this women’s striped tee in red stripe from Petit Bateau is another great option:
Petit Bateau discounts & promos:
A USA-only special discount: There’s an email newsletter box (bottom right). Sign up and Petit Bateau offer 30% off and free ground shipping for your first order of $100 or more. Offer excludes sales.
In the UK, Petit Bateau are giving away a free beach towel when you spend over £75. You need to use the code “SUNE16” at checkout. Valid from 11th May to 29th May 2016. Valid on the Spring/Summer 2016 collection (excluding gift cards, shoes or sale) in a single transaction, cannot be combined with other current promotions.
About Petit Bateau:
This French company has 120 years of experience making high-quality clothing. Their focus is on great fit, comfort and ease. They’re known for making casual “off duty” pieces and renowned for their Breton-style ‘Mariniere’ tops.
Here’s how Urban Outfitters describe the brand:
Founded in the ’30s by Pierre Valton, the label creates supersoft cotton breton tops, shorts, camis and dresses which sit alongside its ever-popular rain macs.
Kate Middleton wearing Petit Bateau:
This is the first time photographers have captured Kate wearing Petit Bateau. The Duchess may wear their clothing in her personal time, but she has not worn any on public engagements in the past. She has not been photographed wearing Petit Bateau in candid pictures either.
Please note: The information on this page (including offers, discount codes, delivery options, prices, etc) is correct (to the best of my abilities) at the time of hitting publish. It’s subject to change at any time.