Styling a cool cotton summer top

Styling a cool cotton summer top

The weather here in London continues to be as hot as it was in Grimaud when these photos were taken, When the temperatures are high I like to wear linen and cotton. I don’t like the feel of tight restricting clothes in hot weather. I find that anything clinging feels claustrophobic.

Just before I went to France I was wandering around John Lewis and discovered their Kin Brand. It has a streamlined clean aesthetic with a slight Scandinavian feel. The look is not that different from Cos, however, I found the styles slightly less voluminous.

I could not resist this long sleeve cotton top. It is 100% cotton and I like the way the back is longer, great for covering the bum.  It seems to have sold out. So I have selected several tops by Kin that you might like.

Styling a cool cotton summer top

How I style my cool cotton Summer top with my navy foundation trousers from Hopefashionuk (you can see how I wore them with Cos tee here) and a pair of silver sandals M&S (a few years old) similar here and here

Styling a cool cotton summer top

Selection of blue shirts:

My earrings are new. I bought them the day before from my favourite stall in the market. You can take a look at her site here. She makes all the jewellery herself.

Blue cotton summer top

Grimaud is known as “Le village des chats”. This guy wanted to join in the photoshoot. Perhaps he wants to become an Instagram star.

Blue cotton summer top

Photos by Dee. They were shot in the village of Grimaud.

PS. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is now open to everybody. You can check the bands I favour here. The Beauty sale is always good value for stocking up on basics like brushes and equipment and skincare as well as trying out new make-up. 


  1. Wendy Barton
    20th July 2018 / 13:26

    Gorgeous cat! You look lovely in that blue, as always. Did you add the link for the jewellery? Wouldn’t work for me. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks!

    • 20th July 2018 / 14:07

      Hi Wendy

      Sorry about the jewellery link. I did check it but it seemed to have disappeared. I have re-installed it so it should work now.

  2. 20th July 2018 / 13:39

    The robin’s egg blue shirt is lovely.

  3. Mary
    20th July 2018 / 14:16

    Blouse looks great on you. I would need a collar, left open in a V neck to feel comfortable. Cotton plus a little poly seems to keep me cool and needs no ironing!

  4. Brigitte Aubrey
    20th July 2018 / 14:16

    You look fab as always! I too prefer to wear cotton and linen on hot days. The style and colour of your Kin shirt is exactly what I like. I shall look out for Kin. Thanks for another brilliant tip!

  5. Jan Grigg
    20th July 2018 / 19:03

    Oh no! Kin was a secret of mine – now everyone will be after it!!!
    Unusual good quality tops and dresses, but I would recommend taking a size down, too voluminous otherwise. Excellent bargains at sale times too.

    • 20th July 2018 / 19:12

      Hi Jan
      I agree that Kin size very generously. I could not decide between an 8 and a 10 (I am normally between a 10 and 12). In the end, I chose the 10.

  6. 20th July 2018 / 20:04

    Really stylish and comfortable looking. I live in south Texas… San Antonio… where it’s usually hot. This weekend and Monday may reach 110 degrees F. Absolutely… Nothing tight. Brenda

  7. Jeannie Gipson
    20th July 2018 / 23:13

    I love your summer tops–the best formula for looking good in the oppressive summer heat in the Houston area.

  8. Rita
    21st July 2018 / 15:51

    Linen is cooler than cotton. Some linens do get soft enough to skip ironing, most need to be pressed. But I find it worthwhile because of the comfort factor.

    The blue top is a beautiful color. It would look great with white pants or jeans.

    • 22nd July 2018 / 11:44

      I agree Rita when the temperatures are really very hot I wear linen. Never skipped the ironing process but I only iron before I wear the garment and the forget about any wrinkles.

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