The impulse to show a little extra skin in the summer is usually borne out of necessity. Sure, denim cutoffs aren't exactly the most original thing to wear during a heatwave, but can you blame a girl for not caring when it's 100 degrees outside?
Ditto my new top obsession: While I might not usually opt for necklines that dip below the sternum, nor garments secured by a flimsy bit of string, I can't shake the feeling that I need a tie-front top in my life right now. Maybe it's the weather, or maybe it's the fact that every painfully chic Parisian I follow on Instagram seems to own at least one of them (usually the Bianca by Insta-famous Aussie brand Réalisation, which comes in eight different prints and colours).
Skimpy as the style may be—and some versions are definitely more bra-prohibitive than others—the sleeves balance out the extra décolletage, and with the addition of high-waisted jeans (or, yes, jorts), the flash of midriff is nothing if not seasonally appropriate.
Keep scrolling to shop our favourite tie-front tops and see how French girls are styling the trend.
Style Notes: Anne-Laure Mais is just one the many French girls loving Réalisation's Bianca blouse.
Style Notes: A cropped, tie-front top and a pair of jeans is the ideal sightseeing outfit, as proven here by Camille Charriere in Marrakesh.
Style Notes: Take a tip from Jeanne Damas (who's wearing her own Rouje "Leon" top here) and team your tie-front blouse with high-waisted denim shorts for the perfect vacay outfit.
Style Notes: As Louise Follain demonstrates, the trend also makes for the perfect beach cover-up.
Style Notes: Go for a satin finish to dress up the look come evening.