7 tops that will keep you in style for the summer


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This is an example of a peplum top, one of the seven tops you need for summer.

Mariah Wellman

Summer is a time for fashion experimentation, but if you don’t have the budget for a total closet makeover, purchasing these seven staple tops will have you set for the summer. InStyle.com transforms these tops and tells you how you can sport them to anything from summer classes to a night out. 

Off-the-shoulder: These tops are perfect for using as a beach cover-up and can be dressed up or dressed down. Try one with fringe at the sleeves for an added touch of detail. 

Shell top: A shell top is a box-style top with barely any sleeve. When you lay it down or hang it on a hanger it resembles a square. Pairing this with a midi skirt is the perfect summer dinner ensemble. 

Boxy button-up: Some of us aren’t on a summer break, but still want to be stylish in the office. This style of button-up is appropriate for meetings or a girl’s night out when paired with the right bottoms. 

Crop top: Crop tops are not just for high school girls. Women can rock this trend with many different bottoms, just be sure they are high-waisted as to not show too much midriff. 

Tunic: Tunics are perfect for covering up at the beach or at night by a bonfire. Try pairing your tunic with wide-leg pants. 

Peplum: This top never seems to go out of style. Peplums are perfect for a picnic or a day at the park. Try it in a fun striped print for added spark. 

Tube top: Tube tops, when done correctly, can be perfect for summer. Make sure your tube top is not too tight. The perfect tube tops flare out at the bottom and look great with white shorts or jeans.