Summer tops that flatter the shoulders

Summer tops that flatter the shoulders




I have always loved off the shoulder tops. I can remember having some beautiful ones in my 20s; that I wore every summer. I think I must have realised that it flattered my “pear shaped” figure. Not that I had heard of a woman’s body being compared to a fruit back then.

Some things definitely change and one of them is the shape of our bodies as we get older; the proliferation of those pesky wrinkles and certain muscles that have given up holding things together.

Luckily our shoulders seem to be immune from the above and can be an area that we can still continue to expose without looking too mutton.  At least that is my opinion.  As these tops are called “Bardot” I simply have to take mine with me on my next trip to St. Tropez. The one I am wearing is cotton by Whistles. This is now sold out however they are now offering a similar one in linen.  I am looking forward to wearing mine on balmy evenings in the South of France.




Whistles white top among the Azaleas





Walking in Isabella plantations





Whistles white top in Isabella gardens





Whistles white top with white straw 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.

Top from Whistles (selling out fast). Trousers from Uniqlo








Linking to 40+Style. Wearing white for summer.

Linking to Notdressedaslamb. See how Catherine wears her off the shoulder top.



  1. Susan B (
    21st May 2016 / 14:23

    That top definitely has a very côte d’azur feel to it. Very fresh and light! Lovely photos too, and we will have to visit that garden when we’re there in July.

  2. Joelle
    21st May 2016 / 20:18

    You look real cute in that top. I have been looking at them also, but couldn’t decide if I am just wanting to go back to “that time” and make a fool of myself.
    Yes, it does look good on you and I may reconsider. Thank you. Joelle (from Miami, Florida)

  3. Rita
    21st May 2016 / 20:41

    I like the off-the-shoulder tops that have wide straps, so you can wear a normal bra, but still have the bare shoulders.

    • 22nd May 2016 / 07:57

      Hi Rita
      I agree bras are a problem with off the shoulder tops. I had to go out and buy a new one before the photos. I needed one anyway to take to France as I often wear one there.

  4. Sue
    21st May 2016 / 23:48

    really cute top. love the style.

  5. Libby Wilkie
    22nd May 2016 / 00:49

    Oh, but I DO think shoulders are one of the things that change the most with age! I am hesitant to even wear a wide (not to mention low) neckline. My skin shows lots of the sun damage and subsequent repair on my shoulders and around my neck. No, I try to wear big necklaces or a light scarf if at all possible. Wish I could wear these and feel comfortable!

  6. Viv Butler
    22nd May 2016 / 07:52

    Tres charmant Josephine.

  7. Mary (The Pouting Pensioner)
    25th May 2016 / 20:16

    Such a nice fresh look. Not for my body shape either, alas, I need a bra with the usual hoist mechanism!
    And thanks for sharing the azeleas, I’ve walked through the park a few times when staying in St Margaret’s, but never in spring. Beautiful!

  8. Rosie
    14th February 2017 / 03:36

    Thank you, Josephine, for your marvelous sense of style. I am new to your blog. I plan to be a regular follower.

    • 14th February 2017 / 09:17

      Hi Rosie

      Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

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