Summer wardrobe basics - une femme d'un certain âge

I found some not-so-basic basics for your summer wardrobe…

Summer wardrobe basics with interesting details.

My style is simple, but that doesn’t mean I want to look generic. Especially during summer, I’m always on the lookout for easy-to-wear wardrobe basics with interesting details.

Style hunt: summer wardrobe basics (with interest)

I’ve been neck-deep in a wardrobe detox this week. (I’ll have more about that tomorrow.) While I’m not in the mood to shop for much at this point, I could still use a couple of travel-friendly summer tops (that aren’t plain tee shirts) to throw on with my jeans. While looking for those, I stumbled across a few things I thought you might like.

Knit Tops

Amour Vert Vivian ribbed top with split back detail.

I love the ribbed fabric on this top, the set-in sleeves, and the crossover/split detail in the back (also great for ventilation!). I’ve ordered it to try, will report back. It’s also available in a bright blue and lavender, sizes XS-XL (00-16/18).

Amour Vert ribbed henley in Lavender.

If you prefer a bit more coverage, here’s a 3/4 sleeve henley in the same fabric. Also 3 colors, sizes XS-XL. Amour Vert is a brand centered around sustainability…even the packaging is biodegradable or compostable! (And they plant a tree for every tee sold.)

Boden cherry embroidered tee.

Here’s a 100% cotton tee with a fun embroidered cherry pattern. Other patterns available too, sizes 2-22


woman walking dog wearing Boden striped tee shirt dress.

Doesn’t get much easier than a tee shirt dress! This one in 100% cotton has a tiny ruffle detail at the sleeve. Several colors/patterns available, Regular and Tall sizes 2-22. (Reviewers say it runs large.)

120% Lino long linen shirtdress navy.

Here’s a long linen shirt dress with 3/4 sleeves. You could wear this 3 ways: as shown, belted, or open as a lightweight duster.


A lightweight cardigan is one of my summer wardrobe essentials for cool evenings or air-conditioned interiors.

Talbot's linen blend pointelle cardigan.

This one has pointelle detailing on the sleeves, and a shirttail hem. In 4 colors in Misses, Petites, Plus and Plus Petites.

Alex Mill striped cotton-blend cardigan. White/blue.

This cute striped cardigan is a cotton blend, in sizes XS-XL. Also offered in navy with cream stripes.

See more summer wardrobe basics in the Linen Shop.

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  1. Susan
    July 22, 2021 / 3:55 am

    I like all of these choices, Susan, but am particularly interested in Amour Vert. Have you purchased from them before? How does the sizing run?

    • Susan Blakey
      July 22, 2021 / 4:55 am

      Hi Susan, yes I’ve purchased from them and find the quality of their pieces to be quite good. Sizing is mostly TTS in my experience. I’ve ordered two sizes in the green top to try and will report back.

  2. Jill
    July 22, 2021 / 4:53 am

    I really like the t-shirt dress, but love that sweet doggie even more!

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      July 22, 2021 / 1:02 pm

      Yes, that’s my favourite (dress and doggie); I also liked the shape of the Amour vert henley, but they are out of it in black and it doesn’t come in that lovely apple green. I don’t wear light blue or white.

    • Lee Rosenthall
      July 23, 2021 / 4:09 pm

      Agreed! I haven’t seen an Irish Terrier in person since I visited the UK in 2009. I love all terriers, but particularly the long-legged (and rare!) ones.

      • Ainsivalavie
        July 24, 2021 / 10:44 pm

        My boy is the result of an unscheduled date between an Irish terrier and a very large golden doodle. She was an auburn beauty and he was a strapping blonde..all ten of their puppies were black with orange moustaches and white stars on their chests, a handsome if unplanned brood. All pups were hand raised by mom’s family as she was short a couple nipples. My close friend and I have spent twelve years feeling very blessed to own two of these unusual dogs. They are sweet tempered, gentle with kids and both possess a blood curdling growl( think wolfman or loup-garou) and trademark deep bark of the Irish terrier. At 65 pounds they are larger than their Mom but smaller than their 100lb father!

  3. Eve
    July 22, 2021 / 7:51 am

    I love cherry pattern in anything. Throwback to grandmas kitchen probably. I like the green top. I hope they put out a long sleeve version. I have so many short sleeve tops. Can’t wait to see you style the cherry top.

  4. Terry lee Gulden
    July 22, 2021 / 8:35 am

    Morning Susan. Just wanted to say I am so happy to have found your site. As a Spring sister I really appreciate you sharing the colors and items you are finding. Very helpful. Thank you also for exposing me to new places to shop. Your site is fun & informative and I look forward to every post.

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