Business In The Front, Party In The Back!

I’ve been styling a lot of dressier looks lately for 25 Days of Summer Fashion, but what I actually wear every day is an outfit much like this one. I’m at home most of the time, and an elevated tee with a pair of well-fitting shorts is my summertime go-to.

I love the plait detail on the back of this linen tee from Boden. You can see why I titled this post, Business In The Front, Party In The Back!

This top has a nice straight hemline, and the quality is really nice; I just love Boden’s linen tees. I gave it a little half tuck for a little extra style, but it can be worn either way.

My only complaint is the “boob pocket” but I know some women like this detail. I personally don’t care to draw attention to this area, plus the length of the sleeve probably not helping matters, but otherwise, it’s a great little top. If you’re smaller up top, it would be perfect for you!

For size reference, I have this tee in the size 8 and it just fits, so you might want to consider sizing up for a little more wiggle room. I would also recommend hand washing or putting it in a lingerie bag so as to not tear the straps on the back.

It’s currently 40% off, and there’s a smattering of sizes left in all 4 colors. I really like that Highland Green too!

As you can see, I kept this look simple by pairing the navy tee with white shorts. These Kut from the Kloth cut-off shorts have a 4″ inseam, and they’re nice and thick and not at all see-through.

I also wore one of my Victoria Emerson bracelets — this double wrap on turquoise textured leather creates a fun tone-on-tone element to the look.

Finally, I added some colorful sandals to complete the look. Unfortunately these are also low inventory, but aren’t they fun??? I love the multi-color yarns with the golden threads for a subtle shine.

They’re also very comfortable, and while they look great with this casual shorts outfit, they’re also super cute with dresses and play into a boho vibe if you have a little of that going on.

These sandals run TTS, or if in doubt, size up half. I have the size 8M, and sometimes I wear a 7.5 in slides.

I also think these strappy sandals would be great with this outfit. They’re currently 50% off, and you can see more in this post.

My other main accessory is these brushed gold teardrop earrings, which I find myself wearing a lot these days. They work as well with dressier looks as they do with my casual shorts outfits, and they’re lightweight and easy to pop in and go.

Outfit Details:

linen back detail tee // white cutoff shorts // tubular slide sandals (option) // double wrap bracelet // teardrop earrings // leather hobo

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and see all of my 25 Days of Summer Outfits for more summer style inspo.

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19 Responses

  1. Cute summer pieces, except for the T. From the back, looks good but the ‘boob pocket’ on T’s – I’m definitely not a fan!. Thanks for posting

  2. This is a nice outfit.  My favorite part of it is:  🥁 the sandals!  It’s a good thing they don’t have arch support because I’d be adding them to my closet, even if I don’t NEED them.  Have a great day!

  3. Your outfit made me question myself. I find I’m not wearing my gold jewelry in my outfits. Do all your metals need to match? I noticed you mixed yours today and you always look so fashionable. Oh, I love your shoes. 

      1. Thank you. Now I notice Victoria Emerson comes in silver and gold. I thought it was just silver. You have on golf everywhere. Such a pretty look today. 

          1. Haha! I knew what you meant. And I probably would wear the bracelet with the silver charm with the rest of the gold, as it’s not a lot of silver, but in my perfect world the metals would match. 🙂

  4. Hi Jolynne! I see the Paige Slim pants are on sale at Bloomingdales, but I can’t find the size you bought and I use your sizing which helps me to purchasing things in the correct size. Could you please let me know the size you bought? Thanks so much!!

  5. Hi….I didn’t receive the NSALE email and I signed up when you first posted to do that.  Did you not send out yet?  Thanks.  Love your outfit. I could see it for the 4th of July with red accessories.  Have a fun weekend in Maine. I’ve never been there.  Hope the weather is nice for you.  

  6. Hi! I really enjoy your blog which is why I’m bummed about all of a sudden being “ghosted” by it. I’ve been following for a couple of years and it stopped suddenly. I re-applied and again nothing. I can take a hint……. hahaha….. can you help?

    1. Oh no! I assume you mean my daily emails? I just searched my contacts list in MailChimp and your email did not come up, so I added it. You should start getting emails tomorrow. Let me know if you don’t.

  7. Hi Jolynne,
    I love your daily posts and always learn so much from you. I also enjoy your writing. I feel like we could be good friends. Thank you for all your hard work. You, by far, have the best blog!
    I signed up to receive your #NSALE emails yesterday and again today and it said I would receive an email to confirm but I never did. I don’t want to miss a single bit of your coverage! Anything else I should do??

  8. I love the length of the shorts and at 57 recently purchased some very similar because I liked the released hem but they are still a very modest length. 

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