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55 Better Than Basic Summer Tops

Distressed Boyfriend Jeans White Puff Sleeve Blouse

Dressing nice in the summer can feel rough, but adding a better than basic summer top can complete an outfit. Here are my favorites.

 

We probably ALL have basics in our summer closet. But it’s those elevated pieces that really make your basics shine, and help you put together better outfits. Today I’m sharing my favorite better than basic summer tops that will add a great element to your outfit.

 

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ANTHROPOLOGIE TOPABERCROMBIE JEANS (wearing size 27, size up one size!), SOLUDOS WEDGESANTHROPOLOGIE EARRINGS

 

WHAT MAKES A SUMMER TOP BETTER THAN BASIC?

These are the kinds of tops that are a step above your basic t-shirts. We all have t-shirts, and they’re essential in a closet but they can be boring!

Here are some things to look for in a Better Than Basic top.

  • Fabric – the quality or type of the fabric makes a big difference in how nice a top looks and feels. Linen, lace, eyelet, ponte knit, crisp cotton…all are great choices.
  • Color – bright or saturated colors are fun and not so basic!
  • Print – stripes, polka dots, floral, gingham,
  • Shape – peplum, wrap style, button up, flowy, cropped, boxy, fitted – lots of options here!
  • Sleeve and neckline details  – puffed sleeves, square or v-shaped necklines, ruffle neck, ruffle sleeves, tie sleeves…so many more options here too.

 

There are so many great better than basic tops out there right now! Here are a few good ones, and I’ve rounded up more than 50 at the bottom of this post at all different price points and in all different colors and styles.

 

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55 fantastic better than basic tops for the summer

 

 

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