Every mum I know possesses at least a handful of nautical, striped tops. Personally, I own more than is reasonable or healthy.
Nautical tees are a style staple for any woman thanks to the enduring influence of Coco Chanel – but I think their appeal to mothers lies in how easily they elevate an outfit from dull to dressed up.
A good striped tee + reasonable jeans + trainers somehow looks put together – as if you’re actually tried, as opposed to chucked on the nearest garments you can find while refereeing yet another fight over Duplo.
But how does one justify buying a new striped top when there are already a selection hanging in the wardrobe? By purchasing one that’s a little bit different, of course…
Today’s Friday Favourites – a new roundup I’m going to be pulling together each week – consists of my favourite “not just” nautical tops. Striped tees with a twist, if you will.
Yes, it’s expensive – but the quality is beautiful and, cared for well, this top will last for years.
The buttoned front and granddad collar render it a little different, and the thick fabric drapes like a dream.
If you’re feeling trim you could tuck this into a pair of Mom jeans, but personally I wear it loose over skinnies. The shaped hem is super flattering and means you look “done”, despite feeling as comfy as you would in a favourite pair of pyjamas.
Fun and affordable, this top is just one from an array of covetable tees and sweaters by bloggers’ favourite Joanie Clothing.
It’s bright, tongue-in-cheek and also slightly cropped. I’d size up in this, then wear with high waisted denim.
This top combines two of my greatest loves – nautical stripes and leopard print – plus it references a historic district of Paris.
Its longline cut means this top is ideal for popping on over favourite jeans or shorts, and it feels sexy enough that – armed with a bright red lip and a pair of heels – you could easily layer it with cigarette pants and wear it for evening.
A red striped top feels classic, but somehow seems less obvious than blue. It’s also handy for pairing with darker denim and black if you’re out to create some contrast; this would pop nicely, for instance, against my new favourite Topshop dungarees.
I love the addition of gold foil bees to this top: it’s a busy print but manages not to feel frumpy. The lightweight fabric, new for summer, also means this tee feels softer and more comfortable than Joules’ traditional, thicker Harbour range.
We’ve mentioned stripes (obvs) and we’ve mentioned leopard. Now comes the moment of the slogan.
For those who binned off French in favour of GCSE German, “C’est Si Bon” means It’s So Good.
Doesn’t optimism sound so much chicer en Francais?
I love the wide set stripe on this top, as well as the bright red lettering. It lends a lovely retro feel.
This is the perfect tee for wearing en vacances – on holiday, for you German speakers – whether you’ll be pottering round a busy city or lounging on the beach.
That’s all for now… Tune in next week for more Friday favourites!