It might seem risky or counter intuitive with a three-year-old at home, but my closet is packed with white tops. Dangerous? Yes. But 100 percent worth it! Why? White tops offer instant elegance, particularly in warmer weather. No matter what you pair them with they always look chic. Dress them down with jeans… or shoot for all-out glamour with a sophisticated skirt and red lip. Can you name another garment that offers that kind of range? To get you started…
I rounded up 20 elegant white tops for summer…
I’ll share options for all price points, but also encourage you to think of these pieces as investments. Unlike bold prints or bright colors, these delicate and detailed neutrals are garments you will wear season after season. They go the distance! So, think about the cost-per-wear as you shop. Because of their versatility, it’s okay to spend a bit more on white tops for summer.
White tops are a super low price point are often quite sheer, whereas those at moderate price points have thicker fabrics or dual layers. Does this mean you need to spend a lot to get something great? Nope. I’m just saying you don’t need to penny pinch (I fully explain my shopping vs. saving philosophy in this post).
When looking at white tops for summer, details matter. White can easily veer into bland territory. That’s why I always seek out tops with textural detail. Pleating (like in this top), crochet, or lace can go a long way in making a white garment feel special. My top falls in the moderate price range ($52), but is so striking, it’s worth every penny — a true work of art!
It has a figure-flatting V in the front/back (looks super pretty with your hair up) and a button down closure. Chicwish describes it as a cropped length, but it feels more standard to me. Pair it with high waisted jeans or a skirt and you will not have any skin exposed. The sizing is dual XS-S or M-L. I’m wearing the XS-S and typically wear an XS or S in tops.
While it is not lined, the multiple layers of ruffles and pleated texture give you plenty of coverage. Seriously, you could a black bra and not reveal a thing! Textural details work wonders in preventing sheerness issues. They are an element I always look for while shopping white tops for summer.
Finally, don’t be afraid to have fun with your sleeves. Look for ruffles, puffs, or frills. They can really elevate a simple look. Button details will also help jazz up a piece. Now, let’s go shopping!
Quality brands and quality fabrics, these under $35 options look great with everything. Details make a difference! Many of these are on markdown with summer winding down.
I pulled this group of styles from trusted retailers such as Nordstrom, Express, and Banana Republic. These pieces can become the workhorses of your summer closet, carrying you though season after season.
For my frugal fashionistas, here are a few highly rated deals and steals to try. They all look lovely. However, because of their price point, some of these are slightly sheer and will require the right undergarments.