What a merino-wool jumper is to winter, a flowing spaghetti-strap top is to summer. And when the weather signals that it’s time to embrace an unapologetically sunshine-appropriate number, you know that the magical season has arrived.
But a summer top needn’t equal skimpy; if you haven’t owned a crop top since 2009 and aren’t sure what’s appropriate, there are lots of chic alternatives, such as an effortless linen shirt or a tie-front blouse. That said, don’t think of a crop top as suitable only for the beach: It’s the perfect partner to a high-waisted midi skirt and pretty edgy when styled over a crisp cotton shirt.
Have an arsenal of summer tops to hand and you’ll never be stuck for what to wear with cropped jeans and summer skirts again—trust us. So give your dresses a (brief) break and get inspired by clicking through our edit below.
1. The Linen Shirt
Everyone needs a lightweight linen blouse in their summer-top drawer. A must for protecting yourself from the sun’s rays while out and about, it also looks super elegant thrown over a silky camisole.
2. Minimalistic Crop Tops
Crop tops and high waists are the best of wardrobe friends, whether that’s a statement midi skirt or belly-grazing shorts. Right now, the shopping sphere seems to be dominated by pared-back crops, which feel grown-up and sleek.
One of the most joyful trends of the season, colourful crochet is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Pair your top with classic denim and a shoulder bag like Grece Ghanem for a polished and very summer 2021 look.
It's a small detail that makes a big difference. We find ourselves being continuously drawn to tie-front tops at the moment. With cropped and full-coverage styles on offer, this is a trend anyone and everyone can get in on.
Having started out life as a trend a few seasons back, milkmaid tops have proven themselves to have staying power, as fashion types continue to wear them summer after summer. White styles are a no-brainer; look for ruffles, puff-sleeves and drawstring necklines to achieve the maximum milkmaid aesthetic.