May 17, 2021
I know that I describe this top as “textured” in order to be consistent with the way that I described things like cabled sweaters… What I’m looking for here is a warm-weather top with some visual interest – something more than just a tee shirt…
A print makes perfect sense for spring and summer, so don’t be terribly bound by the idea of texture!
A simple pleated top in a pretty color can change the look of anything with which you wear it!
I actually saw a man on the street the other day in a seersucker suit, white shirt, pink madras tie and pink pocket square. Pink socks and white bucks…. He looked amazing!
Even if you’re wearing shorts, a sweater can be about a million times more dressy than a tee shirt:
Smocking DEFINITELY counts as texture! And while maybe only 3 or 4 of us could wear this top successfully, I wanted you to see it because of the beautiful fabric!
If you like Liberty London fabrics, keeps an eye on J.Crew, because they often feature their fabrics…
Here’s another case of making shorts look just a wee bit more appropriate for a range of activities; this is the kind of thing that I would wear to a work-related outdoor function…
And I really like this last outfit – it’s not complicated, but it has a lot of interesting things going on. The handbag is almost certainly intended for evening, but I would cheerfully carry it during the day!
For those of you who want a look at the master list – here you go!
I’m looking at the concept of using these first 10 garments (and of course the entire 13 for the season!) as a checklist for a travel capsule wardrobe…
p.s. Seven years ago I shared with you a lengthy review of a French-language wardrobing book; I’m STILL confounded by how this book doesn’t really live up to its potential…
Book Goddess says
These are great suggestions for those of us who live in warm climates. When it’s too hot for a third piece or a scarf, which is most of the time where I live, it really helps if there is something interesting about your top. I like your necklace picks too – they definitely dress up a simple outfit and I almost always wear one.
Good morning VF friends. LL Bean has wonderfully cool seer sucker tops. The fabric is all cotton and the seer sucker lets the air flow through. I have had several of their variations. The perennial favourite year after year is my crisp blue/white striped 3/4 length shirt. It always looks and feels great. Later I bought the long sleeved version in beach glass/white stripe after seeing it here last summer. It now has mysterious yellowed areas and it has moved into gardening wear. I also bought a short sleeved yellow/white version and quickly gave it away because it was way too boxy for me. Not a good look on me. What’s my point? The fabric is great but pay careful attention to the dimensions and fit to get the one that’s great for you. IMHO :)
Beth T says
A greater proportion of my shirts, blouses, tops and tees are patterned. I’m more attracted to plain colours if they have texture, embellishment or embroidery. A decorative neckline or shaped hemline will be enough to make a plain garment attractive. I’m trying to minimise completely plain garments but they are useful for layering in winter or underneath a patterned cardigan or lacy top in the summer.
Linda P says
Hi Janice and Everyone! I can definitely see the use for short-sleeved ‘sweater’ tops for temps in the 60s. I have a grey one similar to the one shown from Lands End (not silk).