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I have a top shopping problem. It sounds funny when I articulate it like that, but really—I’m more apt to stock up on blouses, tanks and button-downs than I am to buy literally any other kind of clothing. Though this leaves my wardrobe feeling all kinds of top-heavy (lol), I can’t stop. And the slew of summer tops pervading retailers right now isn’t doing anything to help me curb my habit.
If the spring shopping landscape was great (which it was), the summer shopping landscape is downright phenomenal. Because summer offers everything you loved about spring, but brighter, bolder, punchier. Tie-dye pieces have only gotten campier. Woven textiles have grown looser and more revealing. Puffy sleeves have become more voluminous. And sheer textiles abound. Not to mention, the aughts-y details we’ve come to appreciate in 2019 look kitschier, more fun and a little more self-aware when the sun is shining; rhinestone-adorned crossbody bags look a little less self-serious when layered over your most casual summer duds.
Encapsulated in any summer tops selection is an array of absolutely delightful summer trends. And we have months to enjoy them. Given that, now seems like the worst possible time to kick my top shopping obsession—right?
This slinky button-down is about to become the most-worn item in my wardrobe.
I hope 2019’s sheer clothing trend never dies.
A tie-front top so damn delightful I honestly can’t tear my eyes away.
An easy (and comfy) way to get trendy style in a snap? Slip into a tie-dye tee, and let it do the work for you.
I didn’t know tie-dye silk was a thing I needed in my life until I laid eyes on this button-down.
Available in three color iterations, so no matter what your palette of choice, you’re set.
A blouse that drips with vintage appeal.
A top versatile enough to take you anywhere this summer.
A crop top sure to render you a walking work of art.
Pretty sure we could all benefit from more clothing with dragons on it, right?
A knit absolutely fit for summer.
It is tie-dye. It is sheer. It is pink. I am in sartorial heaven.
Real question: How many tropical print shirts can I buy before it’s a “problem”?
Fodder for comfy-cute summer layering.
A decidedly maximalist approach to summer prints.
Don’t sleep on the summer cami—it’s a necessity for a reason.
Floral mesh is the style juxtaposition I definitely didn’t know I needed.
The kind of thing you (or at least, I) hope to dig out of a thrift store bin.
A go-to blouse sure to skew as casual or as dressy as you style it.
A button-down that doubles as a cardigan? Now that’s versatility.
The kind of fringe-lined, tie-dye T-shirt you tried to DIY in middle school.
A tropical print top dripping with Warhol appeal.
Is it a dress? A cardigan? A top? I’m not sure—but I do know it’s cute.
Not your average patchwork summer top.
Love a kitschy print—and a kitschy palette.
It is iridescent, sheer and cropped. What more could you possibly need to know?
Texture done in the most Anthropologie way possible.
When your shirt is, really, one big ruffle, you can rest assured knowing you’ve taken thorough advantage of 2019’s ruffle trend.
I’d call this one office-appropriate if it weren’t entirely transparent.
A long-sleeve tropical print button-down, because you deserve options.
The more bows, the merrier.
Two tropical print tops—in one.
A no-fail blouse you’ll be whipping out for years to come.
Topshop called this a dress—but styled it like a top. I’ll just assume it’s the best of both worlds and move on.
A top so undoubtedly comfy you could live in it.
Patchwork, done the T-shirt way.
A surprising palette in an endlessly trendy summer silhouette. Yes, please.
Statement-making in and out of its matching set.
A paisley blouse as fit for the ’70s as it is for today.
A blouse worth dancing in, dining in, and doing everything else in, too.
A surprisingly fresh take on off-the-shoulder summer tops.
At this point, the more tie-dye button-downs, the merrier.
An oversized take on polka dots.
Wait a second—maxi top?
Three of summer’s most classically cute details—puff sleeves, lace, bows—wrapped up in a single wrap top.
Not your average T-shirt.
Paisley tie-front tops are enduring summer favorites.
Fit for parties, the bar, dinner—everywhere.
Undoubtedly one of the cutest ruched detail renditions I’ve laid eyes on this season.
More tunics, please.
Not at all your average crop top.
A blouse that nods to summer’s crochet trend without going all in.
What my wildest retro dreams are made of.
A tie-dye tank sure to remind you of the ocean every time you check yourself out in the mirror.
A dose of the ’70s that doesn’t feel too retro.
The endlessly trendy slip dress, rendered in summer cami form.
I told you sheer clothes were on the menu this summer.
All kinds of obsessed with this versatile, puff-sleeve tunic.
“Monochrome” and “tie-dye” were two words I never thought I’d enjoy seeing together—but, here we are.
Smocked, puff-sleeved and ever-so-slightly ruffled—oh my.
A cami that wants to take you everywhere this summer.
A top that doubles as a swim cover-up—and obviously, I’m here for the efficiency.
So cute you’ll be looking for excuses to wear it everywhere.
Because button-downs are worthwhile investments, no matter the season.
See what I mean about the aughts looking a little less self-serious in the summer?
A no-fail silhouette rendered in a no-fail color—yes, yes and more yes.
Leave it to Anthropologie to craft a tie-dye top that drips with elegance.
There are so many adorable crop tops on offer I can hardly contain myself.
Because our collective tropical print obsession isn’t dissipating any time soon.
More tie-dye, please.
Summer metallics are absolutely a thing—at least, they are now.
Because your work wardrobe deserves a tune-up, too.
Urban Outfitters also has matching polka dot bike shorts on offer. You’re welcome.
Sure to play well with any bottom in your closet.
Zebra is an endlessly underrated animal print—and this silky top just wants to rectify that.
Bustier tops are definitely having a moment.
My button-down obsession knows no bounds, OK?
Puffy sleeves, done the denim way.
A summer-friendly take on the enduring snake print trend.
Can you tell I desperately need to re-up my cami selection?
A little wrap action. A little statement sleeve action. And a whole lot of surprising floral action.
This print is all kinds of kitschy, and obviously, I love it.
Is anyone else really into space dye right now? No one? Just me?
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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated July 2019.