If you've not yet been tempted by a prairie dress for summer (though we have extolled its many virtues to you!), then perhaps what you're actually after is a folk shirt, instead. It's similar but not the same. Well, really, it's just the top half—and being a separate as opposed to a whole look makes for a less intimidating, but just as dreamy, addition to your summer wardrobe.
What else? It's an easy and, yes, breezy alternative to a blouse (less stiff and serious in appearance and less stifling to wear), but a little more special than a standard T-shirt (it's all in the embroidery and those billowing sleeves). It might seem familiar as a revamp on the peasant blouse of seasons past, but the folk shirt is thankfully not as boho, and we recommend steering clear of any such territory by wearing it with your favorite denim—perhaps boyfriend jeans at the weekend, cut-off shorts for an outdoors music gig—and other structured pieces from your wardrobe.
Now you know the folk shirt score, here's our pick of some to consider adding to your summer outfit repetoire right now!
Wear this super pretty one with a pair of flared jeans and a stealth block heel.
For a '70s feel, team with an A-line denim skirt and a pair of clogs. Or take it to the beach and wear with denim shorts.
One to wear with your boyfriend-style jeans and a pair of loafers.
A trophy shirt indeed, and, especially if worn with a long skirt that wanders into gown territory, one you'll be able to get away with at the most special of summer events. But keep the skirt neat: no added decoration, no crazy pattern, no mad color. It's all about this top!
To show off all the detail around the neck, be sure to wear with your hair up. Then you just need a pair of cropped skinny jeans or a miniskirt, either of which will best show off the shirt's shape.
One of the best things about this style of top is that it's light and airy—ideal for summer's stifling hot days. With this one, you'll always feel and look cool, which is wonderful news!
Wear this one over your bikini as an alternative to your beach cover-up. Add bejeweled flip-flops and you're good to go.
Shapely sleeves are a big trend next season, so this would be a safe investment to snap up now.
Though great to wear as a vacation piece, when you're back in the city, wear beneath a dungaree dress and add a pair of ballet flats.
Team with suede (a vintage jacket or a midi skirt) to bring out the '70s charm of this top.
The addition of some shorts and greek sandals will make this shirt vacation-ready.