21 December 2021
By Harriet Amurao
As the weather heats up, you know it’s time to give your summer top collection that much needed refresh. As we all know, having a fire rotation of casual and going out tops is key to putting together the perfect look and building the perfect wardrobe. More underrated than you think, many people often overlook the need for staple tops that aren't just a basic tee or crop top - but no more of that!
We’re here to give you a run down of the hottest top styles that you’ll want to rock from the insta feed to IRL.
Starting off with the once hated but now loved piece - the corset top. This trend is an obvious cult favourite amongst fashion influencers, celebrities and pretty much everyone. But don’t get it twisted, modern day corsets aren’t like the old and traditional toture-ish styles. With a less restrictive and rib crushing fit, corset tops today come in a variety of sleek and unique lengths and designs, and are more size-inclusive, easy to wear and flexible but structured!
Keep the evening vibes high and hot with a bold or monochromatic strapless corset and pair it with high waisted trousers, heels, your finest jewellery and a baguette bag. If you’re going for an easy daytime-brunch vibe, a simple white corset paired with a mini skirt would be such a look!
Looking for ways to rewear your corset top? You can style it over an oversized button up shirt and wear it with heeled boots for a stylish all-day look. For a more casual approach, layer it over a basic tee with denim jeans and sneakers or heels!
Blanca Top in Red Satin
Boy Better Know Corset Top in Black
Jadey Cowl Neck Corset Crop Top in Dusty Blue Satin
By Dyln Clyde Corset in Green
Ohganda V Neck Corset Top in White
We love a good puff sleeve top and it’s no surprise that I’m mentioning it. The subtle but chic touch of the extra voluminous sleeve is one that’ll be here to stay across seasons and events. Infinitely versatile and easy to style, the puff sleeve has been present on all types of tops - from bodysuits and crop tops to long sleeve shirts and loose babydoll tops. We’re especially loving bright coloured puff sleeve tops for the Summer, and after seeing our picks? You’ll want them all!
Go for a romantically feminine look by pairing this piece with a midi skirt or shorts, sandals and a crossbody bag. But if that’s not your vibe for the day, then jeans, sneakers and a mini shoulder bag would be a great casual alternative!
Esher Bodysuit in White
Vera Puff Sleeve Top in Pink
Crystiana Blouse in White
Vera Puff Sleeve Top in Green
Orion Babydoll Top in Butter Yellow
The good ol’ 90s-esque mesh tops are the cool-girl staple of the season! And if you’ve been wanting to jump on this skin-baring trend to add some newness to your wardrobe, then you’re in sheer luck. These throwback staples are all the rage right now and rightfully so. They’re comfy, elevated, figure-flattering and fashionably fun - what’s not to love? Available in a range of plain colours, floral, marble or paisley prints with long and short sleeves, this trend is for everyone!
With your fave influencers and celebrities confidently rocking this second-skin trend, it’s the perfect wardrobe go-to that you didn’t know you needed. This trend is known for its flattering fit but also it’s versatility across all seasons - layer it up with a sweater, jeans and boots for those chilly evenings or with a sleek bralette, mini skirt and chunky sandals for a warm day out.
Cools Club Mesh Tee in Flower Power
By Dyln Suki Top in Blue
Baldwin Mesh Button Front Collared Top in Love Child
Cools Club Mesh Tea in Peach Floral
Baldwin Mesh Button Front Collared Top in Chocolate
As if the trends couldn’t get any more nostalgic, we’re saying hi to the hottest comeback trend of the summer - the halter top. This oh-so-chic trend is a winner for all occasions. It’s such an elegant but flirty take on going out tops with it’s shoulder-baring and often backless design. Whether you love a good floral print or satin finish, a high or cowl neck, a cropped or regular length, there’s a halter top for everyone!
For those nights out, pair your halter top with leather pants, heels, statement hoops and a mini handbag or for those lunch dates with the girls, pair a floral halter top with jeans or a mini skirt, sandals and a baguette bag!
Elora Diamond Halter Crop Top in California Dreamin
Chiara Pleated Backless Halter Neck Top in Black
Charlie Holiday Shimmer Top in Floral Cove
Margotha Tie Back Halter Crop Top in Pale Pink
Myrtle Halterneck Top in Champagne Satin
A Summer wardrobe isn’t complete without a crochet top, and you’ll want to get on this trend stat. The chokehold crochet tops have on every fashion girl this season isn’t surprising - the lightweight and cosy vibes combined with fun textures and colourways is the ultimate chefs kiss!
Go from bar to beach in this fun number by wearing it with a midi skirt or wide leg linen pants, sandals and a crossbody bag for an easy breezy look!
Cappadocia Crochet Halter Top in White
Margrethe Crochet Halterneck Top in Red Multi
Rhyzel Halter Neck Crochet Crop Top in Multi
Thommy Crochet Top in Beige
Cappadocia Crochet Halter Top in Orange
Barely there but everywhere, bralette tops are the hottest it-girl staple for everyday and we’re here for it! Now, the idea of wearing a bra or bralette top on it’s own may seem scary and weird since we’ve been wearing them under our clothing, but when styled right, you’ll be ready to brave the trend and show some skin with confidence.
If you’re hitting up the club or grabbing dinner with the girls, a dressy triangle-style bralette top paired with an oversized blazer, trousers or a mini skirt and heels will have you turning heads all night long.
If you’re running errands or going for a casual brunch, you can style a casual sports bra with matching biker shorts and sneakers or with an oversized button up shirt, denim shorts and chunky sandals for that effortless day look.
Sharleez Satin Trim Glitter Suiting Bralette Top in Rose Gold
Browielyn Satin Trim Bralette Top in Black
Aimn Ribbed Seamless Single Strap Bra in Beige
Sunday Society Club Kairi Bralette in Sage
And so, that wraps up the hottest top styles that you need this season. As we go into 2022, it’s the perfect time to experiment and elevate your wardrobe with some newness. Keep these tops in your everyday rotation and you’ll have a ball serving hot looks for weeks on end!
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