59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

Lindsey Lanquist
59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable
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As we hide away our winter wares, it’s time for us to break out our summer favorites—and perhaps, to stock up on a few new ones, too. But in our quest to replenish our seasonal wardrobes, we often air on the side of myopic: We load up on sundresses, shorts, sandals and other obvious must-haves—entirely neglecting corners of our closets that are just as necessary to our lives. Summer going-out tops oft go overlooked, leaving us with a closet full of day-to-day clothes, but nothing to wear on our next night out.

No longer. We’re done loading up on maxi dresses, swim cover-ups and summer mules. (OK, we’re not done—but we are taking a break for a hot sec.) It’s time for us to right our sartorial wrong—to take advantage of all the incredibly chic summer going-out tops on offer right now, and to flesh out our weekend wardrobes as thoroughly as we’ve fleshed out our everyday ones.

Our summer night-out rotation has been craving a tune-up since last September, and we’re simply here to provide it. Thankfully, this summer’s going-out top selection is so vast, we’ll be restocked in no time.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

1. Mila Cropped Top, $297 at Anthropologie

Who knew 2019’s ruching obsession would lend itself to such a figure-flattering silhouette?

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

2. Lost Dreams Silk Cami, $68 at Free People

The endlessly trendy slip dress, rendered in cami form.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

3. Mesh Lettuce-Edge Baby Tee, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Summer’s sheer clothing trend lends itself particularly well to night-out wear.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

4. Emily Double Tie-Front Cropped Top, $49 at Urban Outfitters

A tie-front top fit for days at the park and nights at the bar, alike.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

5. Cassia Puff-Sleeve Cropped Top, $54 at Urban Outfitters

A puff-sleeve, snake print bustier? Don’t mind if we do.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

6. For Love & Lemons Rosette Lace Top, $136 at Urban Outfitters

Floral lace has never skewed so adorably sexy.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

7. Monique Y-Neck Halter Tank Top, $24 at Urban Outfitters

The aughts are cool again—so the halters are out, en masse.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

8. Printed Halter Top, $19.90 at Zara

A flowy halter sure to take you from work to cocktail night.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

9. Top with Knotted Detail, $19.90 at Zara

Summer’s neon trend, rendered in its most low-key (but still party-worthy) form.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

10. C/MEO Collective Sectional Ruched Mocked Neck Top, $155 at Urban Outfitters

For the fan of an anything-but-average weekend look.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

11. Ladybug Crop Top, $58 at Free People

A romantic addition to any wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

12. HBD Bodysuit, $68 at Free People

Sure to play as well with your favorite leather shorts as it will with your go-to mom jeans.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

13. Spot Print Halter Neck Top, $48 at Topshop

For those of you wondering if the scarf print top would stick around—it did.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

14. Backstage Sweater Brami, $48 at Free People

A crochet bralette is all but guaranteed to make your summer more fun.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

15. Winston White Nellie Tie-Front Cropped Top, $128 at Urban Outfitters

Tie-front tops are underratedly sexy.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

16. Smocked Cropped Top, $38 at Free People

Smocked, cropped, off-the-shoulder and neon? We can hardly contain ourselves.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

17. Tellin’ You Tube Top, $58 at Free People

Perfect for date night, cocktail hour and probably even your favorite low-key bar, too.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

18. Border Babe Bodysuit, $58 at Free People

Wrap tops are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

19. Fruit Print Puff-Sleeve Crop Top, $48 at Topshop

A top that fully understands how hard it is to choose between puff sleeves and spaghetti straps.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

20. Call It Crop, $30 at Free People

A crop top with built-in dynamic appeal.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

21. Sequin Camisole, $49.90 at Zara

Summer sequins are happening.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

22. Devon Linen Plunging Puff-Sleeve Cropped Top, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Because puffy sleeves and sex appeal are far from mutually exclusive.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

23. Carla Plunging Tie-Back Cami, $29 at Urban Outfitters

A veritably chic take on the summer going-out top.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

24. Striped Knit Top, $29.90 at Zara

For the shopper who still can’t bear to part with knits. Even when it’s summer. Even when your destination is a veritably sweaty bar.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

25. Twist-Front Blouse, $59 at Urban Outfitters

A long-sleeve night-out top, done the summer way.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

26. Lace Gets Down to Business Plunging Bodysuit, $20 at Nasty Gal

All-over lace is always a good idea—and it’s an even better one when rendered in bodysuit form.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

27. Anderson Top, $48 at Free People

Ruffles and bows can skew hot AF if you invite them to.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

28. Just Dance Sequin Crop Top, $12 at Nasty Gal

When in doubt, throw on a sequin bralette and call it a day.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

29. Knot Me Tee, $58 at Free People

Sure to play well with anything you pair it with.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

30. Twisted Off-the-Shoulder Cropped Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

An aughts favorite, dripping with contemporary appeal.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

31. Satin Prairie-Style Crop Top, $55 at Topshop

Not your average crop top.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

32. Fringed Crocheted Top, $39.90 at Zara

We’d be remiss not to take full advantage of summer’s crochet obsession—and how well it lends itself to sexy see-through styles.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

33. Twist-Front Flyaway Cami, $29 at Urban Outfitters

A cami with just enough detail to feel fresh.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

34. Times Chain Tie Top, $18 at Nasty Gal

A scarf-print, tie-front classic—with a bell sleeve for good measure.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

35. You Too Tube, $58 at Free People

A no-fail addition to your wardrobe during any season—but especially in the summer.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

36. Space Age Babe Satin Top, $18 at Nasty Gal

Super sleek—and full of styling potential.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

37. True Lies Mock Neck Bodysuit, $68 at Free People

Give us hot pink transparent anything, and we’ll be happy.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

38. Knotted Polka Dot Jacquard Top, $49.90 at Zara

Zara is singlehandedly making summer polka dots happen, and this tie-front iteration is very night-out friendly.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

39. Carly Cutout Cropped Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Undoubtedly as comfy as it is cute.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

40. Two-Piece Crochet Cami, $56 at ASOS

Another take on crochet—because it’s worth taking full advantage of this movement.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

41. Project Social T Lace-Up Cropped Tee, $39 at Urban Outfitters

We’re not sure if it’s a top or a cardigan, but we’re down to wear it this Saturday either way.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

42. Cleobella Santiago Embroidered Crochet Cropped Top, $188 at Urban Outfitters

A dainty, textured delight.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

43. Molly One-Shoulder Ruffle Cropped Top, $44 at Urban Outfitters

Love a ruffle. Love a bright color. Love an asymmetrical neckline.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

44. Reversible Printed Top, $29.90 at Zara

Um, it’s reversible.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

45. Fishnet Bodysuit, $32 at ASOS

For nights when it’s too damn hot for real clothing.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

46. Deon Crochet Cropped Halter Top, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Florals, done the night-out way.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

47. I.AM.GIA Satin Naomi Ruffle Bustier Top, $90 at Urban Outfitters

The latest iteration of our lingerie-inspired clothing obsession lends itself particularly well to the going-out sphere.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

48. It Must V Love Plunging Bodysuit, $12 at Nasty Gal

A black bodysuit with a plunging neckline—need we justify further?

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

49. Mixed Floral Double Tie Top, $60 at Topshop

A patchwork top fit for day-to-day and evening wear, alike.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

50. Wild Honey Bandeau Top, $29 at ASOS

Washed-out rainbow stripes can only be made more delightful by the addition of a bow.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

51. Lara Chiffon Tie-Shoulder Cropped Top, $54 at Urban Outfitters

Nothing says “hot summer night” like a cropped, floral bustier.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

52. Urban Renewal Remade Cropped Lace Tank Top, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Yet another take on summer’s sheer clothing obsession.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

53. Silk Cowl Cami, $68 at Free People

A cowl-neck cami, rendered in one of summer’s most underrated shades.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

54. Cassa Nylon Ruched Cropped Cami, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Because 2000 is the new 2019.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

55. One Sway or Another Lace Top, $22 at Nasty Gal

Extra in the best way possible.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

56. Candyd Ruffle Wrap Top, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Also available in white—in case you love the silhouette so much you want to stock up on a couple versions. (We feel that.)

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

57. Gold Coast Bodysuit, $68 at Free People

Sweater tanks are never not cool.

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

58. Project Social T Tie-Dye Velour Cropped Tank Top, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Who knew tie-dye and velour would be such a match made in heaven?

STYLECASTER | 59 Summer Going-Out Tops That Are Equal Parts Hot and Affordable

59. Skylar Rose Star Print Frill-Hem Top, $48 at ASOS

For the fan of frill who doesn’t want to sacrifice sex appeal on their next night out.

 

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