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.
On Marta Cygan: Réalisation Bianca Top in Silver ($140).
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This brownish purple shade is so pretty on.
One of our favorite takes on the polka-dot trend yet.
Who says your date-night top has to be subtle?
A super-simple way to dress up a pair of jeans.
This ruffled top has a '70s vibe—and is available up to size 22.
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.
We can't resist a jolt of hot pink.
The blouson sleeves and ultra-cropped length make this one extra trendy.
If your fashion idol is Stevie Nicks, this is the top for you.
Dark florals work all year round.
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.