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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.
A lightweight knit, crafted with summer (nights 😉 ) in mind.
The enduring slip dress trend, rendered in going-out top form.
Tie-front tops are endlessly trendy—and endlessly hot.
A go-to cami that drips with noughts-y appeal.
Take full advantage of the fact that sheer clothes are trending (just in time for summer’s most humid months).
A bodysuit sure to play well with everything in your closet.
Studded, sparkly and sheer—oh my.
Not your average T-shirt. Not your average T-shirt, at all.
A top that nods to 2019’s ruching trend without looking way too early 2000s.
A lingerie-inspired bodice that won’t leave you feeling totally restricted.
Corsets are happening, baby.
Off-the-shoulder, smocked, ruffled and tied—is there any summer trend this top isn’t making full use of?
Easily dressed up or down. (Hello, new versatile favorite.)
Snake prints aren’t going anywhere.
A top that references the enduring tropical print trend without skewing too on-the-nose. (Or on-the-nose at all, really.)
Who knew a tutu-tube top hybrid could look this cute?
For moments where “low-key sexy” is the move.
A no-fail silhouette, rendered in a no-fail color—and a no-fail textile, too.
Sheer without being absolutely transparent.
A new kind of bralette.
Comfy enough to dance in all night long.
Who knew “tie-dye” and “hot AF” could be uttered in the same sentence?
A not-so-basic off-the-shoulder top worth sporting on your next night out.
A day-to-night tank if we’ve ever laid eyes on one.
A deep V tank that won’t leave you worried about flashing the room every other minute.
All kinds of fun.
2000s-inspired without feeling at all regrettable.
A crop top that fully understands the power of 2019’s ruffles trend.
Equal parts sexy and delightful.
A going-out top sure to make a statement.
Frills, rendered in an oh-so suggestive sheer textile.
A sweater tank that won’t leave you feeling totally overheated.
Understated tie-dye. Adorable details.
A sheer top dripping with styling potential.
Who knew jacquard could look so bar-worthy?
Another silky tank, because you deserve options.
Further proof that knits aren’t entirely off the table once summer hits.
Fun, comfy and totally head-turning—really, what more could you ask for?
A halter that feels decidedly summery.
Hot, and hot weather-appropriate.
Floral ruffles at their most night out-worthy.
Comfy, cute and affordable, too.
Yet another going-out top take on the slinky slip dress.
The aughts are cool again—so the halters are out, en masse.
A romantic addition to any wardrobe.
Sure to play as well with your favorite leather shorts as it will with your go-to mom jeans.
Smocked, cropped, off-the-shoulder and neon? We can hardly contain our excitement.
Because puffy sleeves and sex appeal are far from mutually exclusive.
All-over lace is always a good idea—and it’s an even better one when rendered in bodysuit form.
30. Twisted Off-the-Shoulder Cropped Top, $19 at Urban Outfitters
An aughts favorite, dripping with contemporary appeal.
37. True Lies Mock Neck Bodysuit, $68 at Free People
Give us hot pink transparent anything, and we’ll be happy.
39. Carly Cutout Cropped Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters
Undoubtedly as comfy as it is cute.
47. I.AM.GIA Satin Naomi Ruffle Bustier Top, $69 at Urban Outfitters
The latest iteration of our lingerie-inspired clothing obsession lends itself particularly well to the going-out sphere.
48. It Must V Love Plunging Bodysuit, $10 at Nasty Gal
A black bodysuit with a plunging neckline—need we justify further?
53. Silk Cowl Cami, $68 at Free People
A cowl-neck cami, rendered in one of summer’s most underrated shades.
54. Cassa Nylon Ruched Cropped Cami, $19.99 at Urban Outfitters
Because 2000 is the new 2019.
57. Gold Coast Bodysuit, $68 at Free People
Sweater tanks are never not cool.
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