Tops of the bohemian, vintage, hippy, happy, peasant variety…

I started writing this post last night but then abandoned it when the photographs looked like they had been taken when the photographer was half cut (shame on you Monsoon – or me for being rubbish with technology). Also I couldn’t find many examples of what I was after but the post was obviously meant to be because today, exactly the sort of thing I had in mind, kept coming at me out of nowhere.

I’m not a hippy chick at heart, nor a boho one but with my attention turning to packing for our summer holiday, I like the idea of wearing tops which give a nod to that particular vibe. I’m not a huge fan of t-shirts and only have two that I wear. Breton tops are lovely but samey, denim shirts I try and keep for the winter and strappy vests are just too chilly for me on all but the very warmest of days. 

Anything with the word neon in it is bound to attract my attention and the colours of this Monsoon neon tunic (£34.99) instantly appealed to me. With the detailing being placed where it is, all attention will be drawn up towards the face. The fit of this top will allow what’s underneath it to have a little party all of its own without anyone else knowing. I currently have one of these to try in an XS so I will report back once I’ve tried it on.

The Accessorise lace insert tunic (£20) has a similar feel about it, although it’s more toned down. “Subtle” might be the word that some would use!

I wasn’t looking at Boden specifically for these style tops as, having looked under their “kaftan and tunic” section last night, I didn’t think that they really had what I was after. However, it transpired that they did, albeit in a different section.

This Boden Cotswold top is a lovely shape, although sizes are sadly limited. Had it been available in my size, it would now be on its way to me! I love the coverage that these tops give, whilst at the same time being that little bit Ibiza rather than that little bit Ingoldmells*.

There’s also this Boden Lola top (£29.50) which has quite a strong peasant/hippy theme going on. I’m not quite sure how it ended up in my basket but it did. I think that I was having a bit of a mad sale “in for a penny, in for a pound” moment. I’m thinking denim shorts, flip flops – anyway, we’ll see.

The Boden Francesca top (priced variously £41.40 to £62.10) comes in several colour ways, as do most of the Boden tops. I like the neckline of all of these tops as they are unfussy and flattering. Classically style shirt collars can serve to shorten the neck, whereas this style top has the opposite effect.

The Boden Sicily top is really pretty. With the detail placed towards the centre of the top, it will draw the eye inwards, letting our possibly slightly lumpy, bumpy, silhouette pale into insignificance. In fact it too can join the party of what’s going on underneath the top in the tummy area, leaving us feeling serene and stylish.

Now black isn’t really a colour that I wear much at any time of the year but I saw this Jigsaw cotton embroidery shirt (£20) online and tried it on in the store today. It was really quite different for me but in a kind of “ooh, I haven’t tried one of these before” type ways, so it gave me a little thrill and I bought it. I love Sophie in the Jigsaw in Birmingham. She’s been there since about 2006 and we often have a little chat. She found this particular top uncomfortable on the waist and a bit too stiff, which made it unflattering over the bust area so you know, it’s not going to work for everyone but then things rarely do. And for those with a defined waist it will emphasise it nicely.

So this whole “in for a penny in for a pound” sale thing that I had going on today turned into a bit of shopping session. But as we all know, it doesn’t count until you decide to keep it, so that’s fine. No, really it is. It’s not a problem. Not at all. (Wipes sweat from forehead whilst having palpitations.)

*I haven’t actually been to Ingoldmells since about 1978 so please, anyone who lives there, don’t take offence to my comment. I’m sure it’s lovely.


  1. Dorothy Camper
    July 7, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    I love this Boho style – so pretty and summery and you have found some fab picks here! Lynne x

  2. Sara Veroni Johnson
    July 8, 2014 / 6:53 am

    Love all the boden tops. Funny, I actually wear more black during the summer. It just looks better with a tan…

  3. Carol
    July 8, 2014 / 2:40 pm

    Love the black top – and a brilliant price too. I too am not a boho girl but I am now wanting one of these tops! More interesting than a tee and as comfy.

  4. School Run Mum
    July 8, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    I love a boho top, they are genuinely so cool on hot days! You have selected some gorgeous ones I love the monsoon neon one, stunning!

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