Peasant tops and Kimonos, as an alternative to t-shirts, vests and fine knits

The last couple of days have been slightly cooler, which has required a bit of a re-think on the clothes front, particularly when it comes to tops. I like to use these “in between” days to wear those tops which might normally be hidden underneath a jacket or a cardi. The tops which I have featured below are also good for those who would prefer to keep covered up in the sun, whether for religious, cultural or medical reasons.


I bought the Gerard Darel silk shirt in the photos below from Bicester a few years ago now. It’s a peasant style and being slightly looser, is one which I only really ever wear with jeans or shorts. It would also act as a great beach cover up or could be worn whilst wandering around a  European market (I’m thinking more of the Isle De Re rather than the Bullring in Birmingham but you know how it is….)


The Joules top below is very similar in style to the shirt above and does pretty much the same job, which is quite handy right now. This type of neckline suits most people and the fact that the style isn’t meant to be too fitted makes it easy to wear.

Despite the new season’s stock now arriving in the stores, there are still a couple of options around. Forever 21 has this peasant top for £16.75.

Whilst Warehouse has this embroidered smock top, which is £17 in the sale. With some coloured jeans or short, wedges or flip flops, a wide brimmed hat and gold ear-rings, you would be good to go. (Looking back at this picture I think that the model below needs a bit of tlc. Doesn’t she look sad?)

A kimono also offers an alternative to the usual vest/t-shirt/shirt/kaftan option, either as a cover up from the heat, over a bikini on the beach, as an extra layer on a slightly cooler day, or worn out in the evening.

Top shop has this kimono jacket for £65, which also comes with matching shorts. Together they would make an amazing outfit for a late summer wedding, or worn separately they could offer a variety of styling options.

I also really like this Top shop bird print kimono (£55) again to wear with shorts, as in this shot, or with coloured jeans. Pretty, stylish and offering something a little bit different, they tick the boxes for me.

And finally for Helen at The Flaky Fashionista  here’s a closer look at the Cath Kidston cross body bag (reduced to £28 from £40) which I featured a few days ago. Hope that you like it!



  1. The Flaky Fashionista
    August 1, 2013 / 10:15 am

    LOL thank you Beth! Lovely bag .. but then I'm a sucker for all things Cath Kidston! Love the Joules top too by the way x

  2. Anonymous
    August 2, 2013 / 5:00 am

    Your white jeans are beautiful…something I find v hard to get right.Where are they from?? Helen ,Ireland xx

  3. Martin
    September 12, 2013 / 11:23 am

    Greetings, I like your website. This is a cool site and I wanted to post a note to let you know, good job! Thanks

  4. Wholesale Clothing USA
    February 4, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    WOW, So beautiful, must say these tops has class.

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