My Style | Working those beach tops for everyday wear


Bou Bou blouse, Pampelone | Skirt, old season Topshop (similar here) | Straw bag, Edit 58 (email here for pre-sale) | Shoes, old season Clarks (also love these)

So anyone who knows me, or indeed reads the The Edited, will be aware that I am a sucker for an embroidered top.

Always have been, always will be – so in the summer, my inner hippy is happily released to indulge in all things peasant.

This year, so far, has been a mighty good one. I may not yet have been able to afford my dream Vita Kin dress, but I have bought a supermarket bargain and myriad other beach cover-ups all with pretty much the same aesthetic.


This blouse is by new brand Pampelone, just launched by former fashion PR Holly Anne Scarsella. Inspired by the chic women she watched during her childhood on the Cote D’Azur’s Pampelonne beach, Holly wanted to create a brand that takes you effortlessly from coast to cafe.

Made from Indian cotton and with the most gorgeous neon pink embroidery, I LOVE this blouse and wanted to wear it immediately, never mind save it for holiday. It’s just the right side of loose, meaning it pouffes nicely when tucked into a skirt (or jeans), but would be really cool and easy on the beach thrown over a bikini.


Pampelone only has a small edit at the moment, but seriously, every one is a winner. Check out the on-trend right now off-the-shoulder Grimaud maxi dress too.

Personally, I think NOT working beautiful beach tops for everyday wear is a crime. I’ve been doing it for a while.

The kaftan below is now sold out from Boden, but available here as a tunic (which you could still tuck into a skirt and wear as a top). I have been wearing it with my chambray striped skirt.

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And I wore this Amari beach top (below) from Bahimi while away in Greece last month. The fact that it was cream, lace and super pretty meant I had no intention of saving it for the beach and wore it over a nude vest from H&M and my Eileen Fisher skirt. The designer told me she had never even imagined it could be worn off the beach! Oh – and it costs twelve pounds!

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And this broderie tunic (now in the sale) from The White Company is way too gorgeous to keep in the holiday drawer. I’ve worn it over navy trousers and tucked into a skirt for an easy, comfy day look.

So the moral of this story is, invest in the beach tops you love and don’t just save them for holidays. Try them with turned up jeans, khaki cropped utility pants – even tailored pencil skirts for the office.

And if nothing else, it’ll put you in the holiday mood!

  • Comments ( 5 )

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    Oh I have no choice but to wear them for every day – I’m not going anywhere this year!

    I love the Boden top with the stripy skirt – not a pairing I would have figured would work but work it does!

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      Staycations are the way forward Sue!! X

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    They all look fabulous. I love the Boden skirt that you linked to – great for pear shapes like me. Boden has some great stuff in their new collection.

    And the Pampelone blouse is lovely. I have just checked their site and they even deliver world wide which is is a bonus for us Australianites.

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      That’s perfect Catherine! Hope you find something you like – I’m sure you will x

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    Love cotton clothes, They are so comfortable and they provide a great cool feel to the body. I would really like to give a try to this awesome embroider top.

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