For those days when it's normal Summer as opposed to hotter than the sun hot. (there is no hiding my dislike for the properly warm, I tell you)
One of my favourite tops which I find the most reliable year in year out and also layer with under sweatshirts in the A/W are the magical linen tee.
This year though, I have also discovered the rather fabulous viscose tee. I snagged an amazing T by Alexander Wang one from TK Maxx a month or so ago (although it's languishing at the bottom of the laundry basket as it's handwash and I'm too scared to wash it in case I trash it. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this?)
My favourite way of wearing mine? Under a blazer with a pair of jeans. Add any sort of footwear you fancy from sneakers, sandals, ballet flats to ankle boots or heels. For me, this is the classic, not so hot day, Summer go to outfit.
And there are some bargains to be snagged at Gap. This for me wins hands down due to the finish at the bottom. I love the curved thick hemmed hem. Much more flattering than a straight cut one.
V neck linen tee from Gap was £19.95 now £12.99
Not reduced but personally this would be my choice of colour in heather grey £19.95
White at John Lewis Collection WEEKEND - another bargain now in the sale although my choice would still be the Gap ones. However it's handy to have a choice of necklines. Plus you can collect these from Waitrose with Click and Collect which still means John Lewis is my favourite retailer online.
Linen Blend Cotton slub tee shirt was £29 now £14.50
Upping the budge at Jigsaw but these are gorgeous and rarely go into the sale in my experience. These are new season ones.
Linen v neck roll sleeve top in Eucalyptus £49 from Jigsaw
Some longer sleeved ones at The White Company in the sale. These are really fantastic quality and whilst not the cheapest, it's worth grabbing them in the sale. Some longer sleeved version which are ideal for going into Autumn. Remember, they do make the best layering tops as well.
Split hem linen t-shirt was £50 now £30
The other fabric I love that I've mentioned is viscose. This has the most wonderful soft, drapey fluidity to it and I think generally looks smarter than its 100% cotton counterparts.
V Neck Box Tee from Me+Em was £35 now £17.50 Lots more colours online.
But the bargain of the day has to be from Me+Em, in a fabulous stripe.
Stripe V Neck Box Tee from Me+Em was £45 now £13.50
New in at Mango but a bargain price and this one is great if you really don't like anything vaguely clingy round your waist. For me thought, this would come into its own over a pair of shorts. But also ideal with skinnies when you want something with a bit more volume to balance your silhouette but don't want a blouse (and yup - still feel 60 when I use that word)
Pleated t-shirt in heather grey £16.99
And in the white
Whilst we're on the subject of swing tops, this is a shape I have totally embraced and especially love it in a vest top. Vest top at the age of 42 - a generic "vest", I have to say I can't do. My stomach muscles have long since left the building and I need nothing clingy at all anywhere near my midriff. (however it is my plan to spend the 6weeks summer holiday getting fit. Oh yes, as I'll have oodles of spare time with the three children doing their homework and playing convivially with each other - board games, I'm anticipating.... or puzzles..... YEAH RIGHT. They'll be fighting, lots of tears - mostly mine, whilst I'm rocking in the corner with a bottle of gin and a straw. Why should this Summer holiday be any different from any other? But one has to have faith..... albeit of the blind variety... I WILL have a washboard stomach and buns of steel by September 7th. Snort)
Swing Vest from ME+Em £28 in Indigo Also in black, navy and white stripe, white, red and...
...khaki. Love this one.
And linen again back at The White Company
V neck pleat front sleeveless top was £65 now £39
And in the navy again with 40% off at £39
So there we have my pick of the cream of the basic tee crop. Soon on the agenda I shall be tackling the harder to master white shirt..... it's up there with jeans for being so ubiquitous but so impossible to master.
Outfit from a dinner party on Friday night. So this dress I have had in my wardrobe for years and have worn literally about 4 times. It cost me a fortune from Reiss but as a maxi dress was just impossible to wear. So had it shortened (dear god, how expensive is it to have something altered??!) and I have to say I absolutely love it now. Will be wearing it loads - you have been warned.
Dress - Reiss
Shoes - Zara
Bag - Coccinelle
Outfit from yesterday.