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My Favorite Casual Summer Tops

casual summer tops
Bella Dahl $123

All my clients are asking for casual summer tops. They need them for shorts, skirts, jeans, and summer pants. Separates are definitely having a moment, but it is still very difficult to find a collection of casual tops that are not basic tees or graphic tees. We need some diversity in our wardrobes, do we not? All of the casual summer tops on this list:

  • Have some sort of interesting detail, whether it’s ruching, ruffles, ties, or a unique pattern
  • Are made of light-to-medium weight, breathable fabrics to keep you cool
  • Have sleeves so you don’t have to worry about bra straps showing or your shoulders getting burned

Stock up on these casual summer tops so you can stop tearing apart your closet looking for the right one, and can move beyond wearing the same t-shirts and tanks all the time. And if you’re looking for other summer/warm weather essentials, I also have posts on:

AllSaints Marcy Ruched T-Shirt

casual summer tops
AllSaints $79 $47.40

This medium-weight top can be scrunched up with the ribbons to look cool with high-waisted jeans and pants. Or make the top a bit longer for your mid-rise bottoms.

Available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and AllSaints.

Sizing: XS-L

Material: 100% organic cotton

Karen Kane Embroidered Eyelet Tie Front Shirt

casual summer tops
Karen Kane $128 $76.80

This is so cute with high-waisted jeans or shorts. It’s perfect for summer. I adore the eyelet pattern and unique embroidery in a soft yellow color. And if you’re wondering, “but, can I wear yellow?” Why yes, yes you can.

Available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Belk, and Dillard’s.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% cotton

Veronica Beard Akeela Tee

casual summer tops
Veronica Beard $168

This feminine take on the tee is a must for anyone with medium to narrow shoulders, and the sage green color is so flattering. My broad-shouldered ladies should stay away from this top, but I have a plethora of flattering tops for you in my post on Flattering Shirts For Broad Shoulders.

Available at Revolve and Neiman Marcus.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% pima cotton

Ulla Johnson Jules Smocked Crop Cotton & Silk Shirt

casual summer tops
Ulla Johnson $390

I’m not kidding when I say this crop shirt goes with everything! Do the splurge, and pair with any high-waisted bottom. The pattern, scrunched smocking, ruffle details, and fit of this collared top will instantly make an outfit.

Available at Nordstrom and Ulla Johnson.

Sizing: 00-12

Material: 61% cotton, 39% silk

Lovers and Friends Cynthia Tee

casual summer tops
Lovers and Friends $78

This thin and lightweight top goes with anything high-waisted. The red color is fun and feisty for dressing up or down. Plus, cherry red continues to be one of the go-to colors for designers this spring and summer.

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XXS-XL

Material: 95% viscose, 5% elastane

 

Bobi Ruffle Tee

casual summer tops
Bobi $48

This ruffled shoulder top is thin and lightweight. It’s great for tucking into high-waisted-waisted jeans or pants. It looks best on someone with medium to narrow shoulders.

Available at Revolve and Bobi.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% cotton

Bella Dahl Tie-Front Chambray Shirt

casual summer tops
Bella Dahl $123

This is one of my favorite casual summer tops because it works for everyone. Whether you have a small or large bust, wide or narrow shoulders, this super soft versatile top will look great on you.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

Sizing: XS-L

Material: 100% tencel lyocell

MANGO Print Tie Hem Crop Shirt

casual summer tops
MANGO $45.99

I love this printed camp shirt with a front tie. It goes with shorts or casual summer pants. If you want to cover your belly, make sure you pair it with high-waisted bottoms.

Available at Nordstrom and MANGO.

Sizing: 0-20

Material: 85% viscose, 15% polyamide

Citizens of Humanity Juliette Slim T-Shirt

casual summer tops
Citizens of Humanity $98 $93

Okay, I know this is just a shrunken tee, but a good shrunken tee is hard to find and is a casual summer top essential. This is great for my narrow-shouldered petite gals who need a cute tee for shorts, skirts, jeans, and pants.

Available at Revolve.

Sizing: XS-XL

Material: 100% supima cotton

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