The impulse to show a little extra skin in the summer is usually borne out of necessity. Sure, denim cutoffs aren't exactly the most original thing to wear during a heatwave, but can you blame a girl for not caring when it's 100 degrees outside?
Ditto my new top obsession: While I might not usually opt for necklines that dip below the sternum, nor garments secured by a flimsy bit of string, I can't shake the feeling that I need a tie-front top in my life right now. Maybe it's the weather, or maybe it's the fact that every painfully chic Parisian I follow on Instagram seems to own at least one of them (usually the Bianca by Insta-famous Aussie brand Réalisation, which comes in eight different prints and colors).
Skimpy as the style may be—and some versions are definitely more bra-prohibitive than others—the sleeves balance out the extra décolletage, and with the addition of high-waisted jeans (or, yes, jorts), the flash of midriff is nothing if not seasonally appropriate.
Keep scrolling to shop our favorite tie-front tops and see how French girls are styling the trend.
Shop the Trend:
Wear this with a black mini and embrace the summer-goth aesthetic.
Get the matching skirt with it and you're basically the dancing-girl emoji.
The blouson sleeves and ultra-cropped length make this one extra trendy.
Tie this on over your bikini for an easy après-beach outfit.
Just add a straw bag and some vintage denim and presto! You're basically Parisian.
Just what you need to feel like a rock star—even if you have no idea how to play the guitar.
I Haven't Shopped at J.Crew in Months—These Elegant Picks Are Now in My Cart
By Grace O'Connell Joshua
I Spent 7 Hours Digging Through Saks—39 Items I Discovered That I Now Need
The perfect pastime.
By Aemilia Madden
I'm a Fitness-Loving Fashion Editor, These Are My 5 Go-To Leggings
Every brand, tried and tested
By Rebecca Rhys-Evans
I'm a Plus-Size Fashion Editor—These 28 Styles Are on My Spring Wish List
I want all of these ASAP.
By Chichi Offor
People in Paris Will Wear These 5 Chic Basics With Jeans This Spring
The most elevated staples.
By Bobby Schuessler
5 Issues Everyone Has With Skinny Jeans, and How to Fix Them
Read this before your next shopping trip.
By Bobby Schuessler
The 10 Best White Tank Tops of All Time, According to Me
Here's how to wear it.
By Anna LaPlaca
It's My Job to Find Amazing Shopping Picks—These 9 New Buys Are Too Good to Miss
A fashion editor's favourites.
By Remy Farrell