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15 White-Hot Summer Tops

Spring into summer with our roundup of crisp white tees and tops. On deck: Our top tried-and-true essentials, fashion-forward twists on the iconic oxford, and hot-weather-friendly blouses that are anything but boring. Bring it on, June and July. We’re ready!

Best White Shirts for Summer

The New Shirting

The classic button-down went wild this season. We’re shying away from the wackiest iterations of the trend but love tamer versions with belted waists, bell sleeves, and asymmetrical and deconstructed shapes. Pair all three picks with tailored trousers or cropped, fitted jeans to create a balanced silhouette.

M.i.h. Jeans cheesecloth button blouse. Available at, $235.
Rachel Comey asymmetrical seersucker top. Available at, $299.

Best White Shirts for Summer

Off the Shoulder

Show off the right amount of décolletage with subtlety sexy styles from AMT and Elizabeth and James. Both are ideal for beachy vacations and leisurely brunches — just don’t forget sunscreen and a statement necklace or choker.

Elizabeth and James embroidered top. Available at, $295.
AMT ruffled cotton top. Available at, $41.

Best White Shirts for Summer


Dive into summer with light cotton eyelet and crochet tops. Whether you opt for short, three-quarter, or full sleeves, the breezy fabrics will keep you cool and double as a chic swimsuit coverups. Espadrilles not included but highly recommended.

A.P.C. “Mina” cotton top. Available at, $235.
Co flare-sleeve trapeze top. Available at, $595.
Jonathan Simkhai crochet blouson-sleeve top. Available at, $675.

Best White Shirts for Summer

Swing Time

The latest crop of artist-inspired tunics and swing-hem shirts let you experiment with creative seam placements, volume, and pleats. Go romantic with Dries Van Noten’s and Tibi’s dreamy tunics, or take the utilitarian approach in Acne Studios’ cropped smock.

Dries Van Noten tie-back cotton voile blouse. Available at, $920.
Tibi Edwardian-collar silk tunic. Available at, $795.
Acne Studios “Bridget” shirt. Available at, $259.

Best White Shirts for Summer

Best-Of Basics

There are no frills, no tricks, and no questions when it comes to our favorite white wardrobe staples. Quality materials and time-tested construction make Equipment’s silk blouse and Rag & Bone’s cotton tee worth the extra bucks.

Equipment short-sleeve silk blouse. Available at, $198.
Rag & Bone “Melrose Femme” tee. Available at, $125.

Best White Shirts for Summer


Add interest to your wardrobe with tweaks on classic white tops from No. 21, Madewell, and Goop. The cascading ruffled tee, button-back shirt, and dotted silk blouse provide the perfect punch for days with plain and simple just won’t cut it.

No. 21 ruffled tee. Available at, $395.
Madewell button-back shirt. Available at, $65.
Melissa Odabash “Rihanna” embroidered blouse. Available at, 220.

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