Some Fun Summer Prints (That Aren’t Florals)

Zimmerman camp shirt in Queensland print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

When it’s too warm to layer, printed pieces are an easy way to add visual interest to an outfit.

Floral prints are everywhere this season. And if florals are your thing, you can easily take your pick. While I love the look of many floral prints on others, I often find them hard to wear myself. So as I’ve been searching for some alternatives, I thought I’d share a few you might like.

Above: I’m amused by the Got-This-On-Vacation vibe of this “Queensland” print.

Summer Print Tops…

Anthropologie postcard button shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s one with a similar look that’s a bit more budget-friendly.

Amour Vert blue and white leaf print top. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This feather print top has an interesting swing shape, and is a budget-friendly option from a sustainable brand, Amour Vert.

Foxcroft Zoey lemon print cotton shirt in Plus. Details and more summer print tops at une femme d'un certain age.

Citrus prints always feel summery. This fun lemon print shirt (Plus) is 100% cotton.

Boden lemon print top with shoulder button detail. Info and more summer print tops at une femme d'un certain age.

I like the shoulder button detail on this shell. Wear on its own or under a light jacket.

J.Jill rayon lemon print short sleeve top. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This easy lemon print top is offered in Misses, Petites and Plus sizes.

Chico's pineapple print shirt in no-iron linen. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love my parrot shirt in no-iron linen, and this pineapple print is fun too!

Nanushka Blue Taio tie-dyed top in organic cotton. Details and more summer print tops at une femme d'un certain age.

Tie-dye is another print that’s Having a Moment. But it’s not all about Grateful Dead concert flashbacks; there are some modern and sophisticated prints too, like this one in 100% organic cotton.

Karen Kane tie-dyed popover shirt in Plus. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a great throw-on-and-go top in Plus. (Misses here.)

Lemlem cotton gauze shirt in coral dot and stripe print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This cotton-gauze shirt is an interesting take on both stripes and gingham.

Apiece Apart blue striped crinkle cotton shirt. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Not just another striped shirt…the detail on the sleeves and collar take this cotton shirt up a notch.

Madewell striped v-neck peplum top. Details and more summer print tops at une femme d'un certain age.

This one’s a more budget-friendly option, also with some fun details.

Sezane Pierro cotton blend shirt in polka dot print. Details and more printed tops for summer at une femme d'un certain age.

I love polka dots, but they can sometimes skew a bit twee. Not these.

Amour Vert Remy dot print shirt in sustainable Tencel. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you prefer your dots on the subtle side, here’s an option in sustainable Tencel gauze. (Because I know you will ask, the pants no longer seem to be available, but here’s a similar style.)

Amour Vert Odila knit tee in navy houndstooth print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’d call the print on this tee “houndstooth-adjacent.” The fabric is modal, made from sustainably grown beechwood.

And Dresses

J.Jill paisley print knit dress with flounce hem. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Dresses, you say? Here’s a cute cotton knit dress in batik print on a navy background. In Misses, Petites, Plus and Tall sizes.

J.Jill striped linen midi dress. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And here’s a breezy linen striped midi dress, which should be comfortable on even the warmest days. In Misses, Petites, Plus and Tall sizes.

Donna Ricco sleeveless cotton gingham dress. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Gingham is another summer print that can sometimes veer off toward Twee-land, but the clean lines of this cotton dress balance it out nicely and make it summery but sophisticated.

Karen Kane tie-dyed handkerchief hem knit dress. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

All the ease of a tee shirt dress, but a lot more interesting! (Plus)

More summer prints…

Do you have a favorite summer print?

Stay in touch.

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15 Comments

  1. Shari
    June 29, 2020 / 5:53 am

    Love these SUSAN, now if I only had somewhere to go!
    Thanks for the sustainable fabric mention!

  2. Laurrie
    June 29, 2020 / 6:57 am

    Hate, hate the ads that are in the middle of your post. Can you put them over to the side?
    You mention an item and the picture below it is of another dress, different style and I think what is she talking about? Your featured item is below the ad picture. It takes a second to figure that out, then the next item you mention is followed by another mismatched picture and I lose patience trying to read what you’re saying compared to what you’re showing. I love your blog, but am finding it a pain to read it any more.

    I know you need to generate revenue, so I get it. But please put the ads somewhere other than right in the middle of your text so we can follow what you’re saying.

    • Pris
      June 29, 2020 / 7:45 am

      I am new to your site and quite enjoy it . I must admit, however , the number of advertisements are a great
      distraction from an otherwise delightful read. I do hope
      it can be fixed.
      Pris

      • Susan Blakey
        Author
        June 29, 2020 / 7:54 am

        Working on it! 😉

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      June 29, 2020 / 7:54 am

      Hi Laurie, I can try to make some adjustments but can’t remove entirely for a few more weeks. Can you tell me if you’re reading on a mobile device or laptop/desktop.

      • June 30, 2020 / 7:12 am

        I read on my laptop. I’ve been following you for a long time and always love to read your blog. I know the ads are an experiment, and I hope you can find a way to move them off the post text. Or maybe just one ad in the text, not ads following every few pictures. Thanks.

  3. June 29, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Those who favor dramatic, sophisticated prints may want to look at Ruti.com (Check out “Ruti Prints Collection.”) Owner Ruti Zisser is Israeli; her company is based in California, with stores in four US states. She designs many of the clothes she carries; others are Israeli imports that you won’t find in most other stores.

    I’ve met Ruti; she’s warm and delightful, and her stores have a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. (Note: I’m just a customer–our financial relationship goes in only one direction!)

    Now, if only paisley were Having a Moment. But it never is.

    • Jane
      June 29, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      I agree – love Ruti! Just bought something there yesterday.

  4. Rondi
    June 29, 2020 / 9:45 am

    This is a great selection of shirts! Fun to look through on a Monday. Thanks, Susan!

  5. Karen McFaddin
    June 29, 2020 / 1:11 pm

    Looove all these prints, your style and your attitude. You should have modeled the parrot print blouse for Chico’s…looks so much better than the picture online as the print isn’t as vibrant.
    Some of your choices are more pricey than I usually pay (more $$ for travel) but I believe are carefully chosen by you and look expensive ie well made, attention to detail, Hang beautifully, etc.
    The ads aren’t much of a nuisance… once I’ve figured out the ‘look’ of the ad I just scroll on by.

  6. Brenda
    June 29, 2020 / 3:48 pm

    Susan, Love your choices . You looked amazing in the Chico’s parrot print. I usually stick to stripes or polka dots in the summer but may have to expand my horizons now.
    I don’t mind the ads on your site . It just takes me a bit longer to navigate.

  7. Cathie
    June 29, 2020 / 7:22 pm

    Just on the ads, I have 11 inserted within the post and one at the bottom. Seems a lot, but I read on an android tablet and find if I scroll smoothly through, the ads take longer than the post to load, I often don’t even notice them. I am a fast reader
    The ads do seem to be pretty well targeted to stuff I’ve looked at.

  8. June 30, 2020 / 8:54 am

    I love that Gingham – I have a thing for Gingham but have never ever bought anything as worried they will look like a picnic blanket or table cloth but there is something lovely and grown up about this dress.

  9. Wendelah
    June 30, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    If you like beautiful handloomed fabrics, you should check out ace&jig. To me, their prices are on the moderate-high end of ready-to-wear but their sizes are inclusive (XXS-4X), and best of all, they’re having a sale, including spring sample sizes. I own two dresses and a belted jacket, love them all. If only I had somewhere to go, I’d be buying another dress, or maybe a skirt and blouse or long kimono robe. So tempting…

  10. Janet D.
    June 30, 2020 / 7:56 pm

    Great blouses, Susan! I’ve had a life-long love affair with (authentic) Hawaiian shirts & have a pile of them I wear with jeans (I buy old ones on ebay & I’m not the only collector — some of the prices are insane!). And I also love lemons. Years ago when I lived in Toronto (which which can be brutally hot & humid in summer) I had a collection of cotton “fruit blouses”: lemons, orange slices, kiwi, pineapple, cherries, apples. They were so much fun & looked cool even when the weather wasn’t. Looking through my closet these days is dull business (except for the Hawaiians): too much denim, not enough pretty prints. And polka-dots. Wow, I do love polka-dots. Thanks for reminding me how happy some of these prints make me!

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