Elevated essentials: a print layering tee - une femme d'un certain âge

Elevated essentials: a print layering tee

Susan B. wears a block print layering tee and dark wash jeans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A layering tee is one of my wardrobe essentials. The best ones are lightweight, not bulky, and fitted enough to slide easily underneath a sweater or jacket, without being too clingy to wear alone.

sunglasses (similar) | tee (c/o) | necklace (similar) | bracelet (similar) | jeans

It’s easy enough to find options in solid colors, but a print adds some nice visual interest. I really like this block print tee! Enough so that I don’t mind “cheating” on my color palette just a little bit. 😉 (And I can always add a lighter jacket in my Spring palette.) It’s a little long for me so I’ve turned up the bottom underneath, and will get it hemmed to this length. I’m wearing a size 0 (4/6) and it’s perfect otherwise.

You could easily dress up this tee for a casual holiday look with some sparkly jewelry. Swap out the jeans for some drapey trousers, add fun flats, and you’re good to go!

Today only: Chico’s is having a One Day Sale…get one of their bateau neck sweaters for $29 with the purchase of a quilted jacket for $79!

I also wanted to mention that there’s a new round of Faster Way to Fat Loss starting up on Monday. I know it seems like a weird time to start up a nutrition and fitness program, right before the holidays. But the plan is flexible enough that you can still enjoy special holiday meals, and you’ll get a huge jump on 2021! The rest of this year is going to go by regardless, why not use this time to increase your energy and strength, and improve your outlook?

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  1. Christina
    November 6, 2020 / 4:49 am

    Love a good layering tee. Try J. McLaughlin for “speedy” (thanks for the term, Susan) but wonderful signature layering tees. Full spectrum of color fabrications.

  2. November 6, 2020 / 6:40 am

    I had missed this at Chico’s…thanks for showing it, Susan…I really like it.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks, Pam! I think this would look great on you.

  3. Linda
    November 6, 2020 / 7:05 am

    You look beautiful, love the global vibe! Thank you for all of your fun and inspiring posts.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks very much, Linda!

  4. SuD
    November 6, 2020 / 7:27 am

    I’m really particular about prints. This looks very pretty and sophisticated on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 8:27 am

      Thanks, SuD. I love this print too!

  5. Eve
    November 6, 2020 / 8:36 am

    I have a few that are not solid. I love prints like this one and the new leopard or camo with color appeal to me. I lean on my stripes most though because there’s my color palette right there. My orange/beige stripe tells me to put on beige pants, my brown boots and go.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 5:00 pm

      Hi Eve, it’s hard to go wrong with stripes! I still love them.

  6. Elizabeth
    November 6, 2020 / 8:41 am

    I love printed tees, and that’s a terrific one! You look maaahvelous. Also, the Chico’s jacket comes in some tempting animal prints as well as the solids you linked.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 4:59 pm

      Thanks very much, Elizabeth!

  7. Cindylou
    November 6, 2020 / 9:29 am

    Love that tee on you. The colors are so warm and rich.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Cindylou!

  8. November 6, 2020 / 10:05 am

    You are right, a layering T or top with a print isn’t that easy to find. This one looks very nice on you.

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks, Greetje. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more like this.

  9. Christine
    November 6, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Live the tee…I think prints are great, on me they hide a multitude of sins lol. I’m curious, is your necklace from Greece? I had one years ago my in-laws brought back from a vacation there. Sure wish I still had it!

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 11:20 am

      Thanks, Christine. I purchased this necklace in Venice, Italy back in 2011.

  10. Clarissa Cejka
    November 6, 2020 / 4:33 pm

    Susan, I have followed your blog for years; it is one of my favorites. I particularly appreciate your poimt of view since I live in Arizona, and the parameters your work with based on climate are similar to mine. (I do miss the switch to fall/winter choices that worked in the Midwest). I love this top on you and find it so flattering. It does add a touch of sophistication. In fact, you are striking in it. Your color consultation was enthralling and I follow the firm you used on social media. Fascinating and I hope some day to have a live consultation. That being said, I miss the elegance of black you included in your wardrobe. I think more saturated colors would work better now with the changes you have made to your hair color? I respect the dignity of choice to which you are entitled, and hope not to offend. But there, I have said it! Thank you for serving a former devotee of a fashion press that no longer serves Women of a Certain Age,

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks so much, Clarissa! I think as long as I avoid solid black near my face, I can incorporate it in small doses (as with the background of this print).

  11. Lisa B
    November 6, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    Hi Susan, I’m interested in the Chico jeans but have a question. What is the difference between the “short” and the “petite.” Since we are the same height which did you purchase?
    PS LOVE the hair!

    • Susan Blakey
      November 6, 2020 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! It looks like the Short inseam is 29″ and the Petite is 28″. I go with Petite sizes when available.

  12. Christine
    November 6, 2020 / 5:03 pm

    How do I stop all the comments coming to my email?

  13. Pam
    November 7, 2020 / 8:18 am

    HI there Susan:
    This was such a helpful post. I also struggle with “what to wear” under blazers, etc. Do you have a post on good solid layering pieces in basic colors as well. Thanks!!

  14. Jane
    November 8, 2020 / 12:31 am

    Hello, Susan, the top may be a little dark for your official palette, but I really like the way it seems to bring out the lowlights in your hair. Perhaps because of the warm colors in the print, It absolutely works on you, especially paired with the sunglasses. Enjoy your blog and thank you for sharing your color evolution.

  15. madame
    November 9, 2020 / 3:19 am

    maaaahvalus dahhhling ….lol……you look gorgeous ..

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