This just in: Operation summer cool-down is in full effect. If you thought fall temps were on the horizon, then the joke’s on you, boo. A heat index of 90+ requires a game plan that doesn’t involve hiding out in the AC all day. Unbearable humidity and sticky commutes? Thanks, but no thanks; we’ll gladly do without it. Barely there summer tops — crop tops, halters, and throwback tube tops included — are currently making a comeback, and we’re not even mad about it. When frolicking around in a bikini isn’t an option, we’ve got you covered with 17 breezy styles that will keep you cool, calm, and collected.
1. Mara Hoffman Patchwork Cami ($175): This cropped top radiates sunshine, no? Add a banana yellow midi skirt and suede goldenrod mules for maximum slayage.
2. Side Party Southern Floral Top ($72): Picnic dates in Central Park and Coney Island attractions call for this li’l ditsy floral number. The vintage style (namely, dem buttons!) and cropped silhouette are a sartorial match for your high-waisted denim shorts and everyday huaraches.
3. Sincerely Jules Tiki Crop Tank ($99): BRB, we know what we’ll be wearing when watching the sunset in Maui — give or take a puka shell necklace, that is.
4. & Other Stories Halterneck Bandeau Top ($29): In the summatime, black tie official looks a little somethin’ somethin’ like this. Designated to show off your toned abs, this Sporty Spice-style halter can be teamed alongside black culottes and a Le Smoking blazer for an upcoming gala.
5. Kimchi Blue Rainbow Striped Sweater Cami ($39): Pride parade by day, rooftop sips by night — this ROYGBIV-hued sweater cami is about to send ‘70s babes everywhere into a frenzy. Retro oval sunnies and throwback flares: You’ve been summoned.
6. Madewell Gingham Tier Top ($60): Jusssttt in case you missed the memo, gingham is still having a bit of a moment. Pair this flouncy top with the matching skirt for a playful co-ord or opt for crisp white jeans and espadrille sneakers for a vacay-bound look.
7. Blue Life Melanie Lace Up Top ($78): Livin’ the good life, TYVM. Cropped and ready to mingle, this frilly OTS top is about to give the ladies of Bachelor in Paradise a run for their money.
8. Samantha Pleet Spectrum Tank in Ultramarine ($129): Cool down just in time for summer camp (or the next heat wave) with this whimsical ’70s-inspired denim tank that will have you piling on the friendship bracelets and seeking solace in your fave sparkly jelly sandals.
9. Topshop Floral Print Gypsy Shirred Crop Top ($30): Be the life of the luau with this aloha-ready off-the-shoulder number that’s the definition of flirty and fun. All that’s missing is a billowy maxi skirt and one of those fruity umbrella drinks, amirite?
10. Nasty Gal No Scrubs Strapless Bra Top ($20): Crop it like it’s hot with this strapless ruched top that can be teamed with mom jeans and oversized hoops for a ladies night out.
11. Christi Taupe Multi Floral Print Halter Top ($36): Capture the essence of summer (beach bonfires! Ice pops by the pool!) with this daisy print halter top that you’ll want to live in 24/7.
12. Pull&Bear Crop Stripe Bandeau Top ($32): A love affair with stripes? Not us. Who are we kidding — we’re this close to reaching for some crisp white jeans for a pre-Labor Day bash (a stint in Montauk on the yacht wouldn’t be too shabby either).
13. Aerie Tube Top ($30): Tube tops from the early oughts? We’re already having Laguna Beach flashbacks. Toss this boho-chic knit sweater on with a denim button-front skirt for a SoCal look.
14. Scotch & Soda Cropped Knitted Top ($139): Be it a glam-cation in the mountains or a concert at the fairgrounds, crochet is the fabric of choice.
15. Whit Quinn Corset Crop Top ($248): Between the painterly print and ultra-flattering fit, this corset top screams OOO. Add in the season’s pieces de resistance (ahem, a certain bamboo bag and cha-cha-ready tassel earrings) FTW.
16. Reformation Rue Top ($58): Um, yes, please to all of it. We can’t decide what we love more: the nautical stripes, the sexy tie-waist detail, or the open back?
17. For Love & Lemons Bon Bon Eyelet Crop Top ($90): Peep this super sweet eyelet trim crop top that you’ll reach for through Labor Day weekend (perhaps longer). Just add a flouncy wrap skirt and a pair of Le Specs’ ubiquitous Lolita cat-eye shades for instant cool girl status.
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