Cool print summer tops

Blue print top by pond



I am beginning to get emails from my readers asking for advice on what to pack for a summer holiday, a trip to a mediterranean seaside resort or a Caribbean cruise.


You will need to pack cotton, linen, silk (I always wash mine) or viscose.  Polyester is, in my opinion, too hot and sticky for high temperatures. It is practical to include items that multi task. If you overpack you risk lugging heavy suitcases around or paying excess baggage costs. Choose pieces that can be worn day or evening and do not take up too much room in a case. If you are clever you may be able to manage with a carry-on. This will depend on the climate and the activities you are planning.

The top I am wearing is a soft filmy cotton. It can be worn as a dress, over a swimsuit on the beach, or as a tunic over trousers. It can also be dressed up with jewellery for a casual summer evening out.




Blue print top in front of Azaleas





Blue print top close up





Blue print tunic with hat




These gorgeous photos were taken by Julie (aka Jaf_in_the_box). Julie is a French girl, mum of 3 who has a passion for photography and has recently joined the blogosphere. You can see more of her beautiful photographs on her Instagram or read her Lifestyle blog at Do pop over not only does she share her stunning photos she also features delicious french recipes.

The photos were shot at Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park. If you are visiting the UK in the Spring you must must go there. As you can see from the photos the Azaleas are breathtaking.


I bought the top I am wearing in France and have had it for several years.












  1. WendyB
    9th June 2016 / 16:17

    I LOVE that blue top – it looks absolutely stunning on you. I have found over the last few years that I have to think more about what I wear in the summer – I used to love the heat but these days I get hot and sticky much quicker. I like loose cotton or linen – I haven’t tried silk but I must do so. By the way, that photo of you in the hat and your blue top has a delightful period look about it and really shows off the beautiful shape of your face. Lucky woman!

    • 9th June 2016 / 17:54

      Thank you for the compliment WendyB. I have often felt that I was born that I would have like to have been born in another era. Maybe the 20s as in Downton Abbey!!!

  2. Naomi
    9th June 2016 / 18:22

    Love that top on you! This a delightful post. Enjoyed a lot!

  3. Margo
    9th June 2016 / 21:39

    Josephine. Thank you for this post I also was going to contact you about packing for a summer trip. I am going to Nice on Sunday and have been thinking over what to bring. I find summer clothes so much of a challenge not being able to wear more concealing sweaters and not to mention veins on legs! Any tips would be very much appreciated. I didn’t want to ask when you are on holiday but I hope you are having a lovely break and by the way you look stunning as usual. You are a real inspiration. Margo

  4. Sue
    10th June 2016 / 01:46

    Love the cotton tunic. I just purchased one (Sulu brand) and love it. Cotton is the best fabric for summer.

  5. LesleyP
    10th June 2016 / 14:07

    The summer tunic looks fantastic with the hat or without. I have a white cotton tunic top to go with linen shorts or red cotton jeans. A great addition to the holiday wardrobe.

I love to hear from you please leave a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign up for new posts

And don’t worry, you can unsubscribe at anytime.

Disclaimer: Products featured on Chicatanyage sometimes (but not always) include affiliate links. This means that a small referral commission may be paid to the retailer (at no extra cost to you). This contributes to the cost of maintaining this blog including Hosting fees etc. Chicatanyage could not exist without these small payments so thank you for your contribution.