I wrote about my no-shorts-for me decision last post. Thanks for all your lively feedback. Now I’m going to tackle the up-top issue.
Fall and winter are so easy for me, tops-wise. I love a three-quarter length sleeve top in a soft knit. It covers any wobbly bits and always looks graceful. You can layer it up or go solo, or add a scarf, and your top half is all spoken for.
Summer’s a challenge. I don’t love a spaghetti-strap or skimpy tank top as my solo piece, too much exposure for my comfort zone. Many short sleeved tees are boxy and look rather mannish. Lots of summery looks I wore 25 years ago are too girly for me now (Modcloth, you’re breaking my heart).
So here are some of the tops I’ll be wearing with my full, swooshy skirts, Bermuda shorts, and over my airy sundresses:
- Slouchy, sheer tees. These are for grown-ups, made of refined cotton blends. They’re not really sheer, just light and airy. They might fall off a shoulder. A tank or camisole looks great underneath.
- Floral sleeveless tops. I got hooked on these a couple of years ago, when Gap offered some very pretty prints. Washable polyester and blends, nice flowy shapes and no sleeves. I find sleeveless is a better look for me than a boxy short sleeve; it gives my arms a nice long look. Oh yeah, and naturally air-conditioned!
|Vince Camuto at Nordstroms, $79|
- Sheer linen shirts over tanks. I like these only in white, ivory, and pale blue, over-sized and slightly wrinkled (good thing I like them that way). Roll up the sleeves and pop the collar.
|Like this one, only sheerer. Democracy, $58.|
- Grown-up graphic tees. I have a craving this summer for the bands of my youth. I love my Let It Be tee. I know every article about What Not To Wear over 50 includes graphic tees. “Too cutesy. Trying too hard.” Well then, guilty. ☺
|Sorry, sold out at Old Navy. We old birds snapped them up.|
How do you like to dress your upper half for the hot days?