When it comes to what constitutes my summer wardrobe, high waisted shorts and cute, basic crop tops dominate. That combo is so effortlessly cool and so easy wear that it's hard not to resort to it every time I get dressed in the morning. When I can't wear shorts, like if I have a professional event or want to feel more dressed up, crop tops can still be paired with pretty much everything in my closet, making them the true sartorial stars of my warm weather looks. Throw one on with a silk midi skirt and some strappy heels and you're ready for a wedding; rock one with trousers and heeled loafers and you're office ready. You really can't go wrong with a crop top, so to help you build a collection of your own I rounded up 20 simple yet sleek picks that you'll want to reach for day after day.
From one shouldered to strapless, colorful to neutral, ruched to crisp, and everything in between, the selection of shirts below has got a little something for everyone, no matter your style. One thing they do have in common is their affordability, so pick a few of your favorites and amp up your summer style in a flash.
Coming Up Rosy
Thanks to its ruching, puffed sleeves, and bright pink hue, this crop top is festive AF.
This electric green hue looks so rad paired with light wash denim and makes miniature ruffle detailing along the shirt's hemline really pop.
Two straps on one shoulder? This top makes it look beyond cool.
The off-the-shoulder neckline, the puffed sleeves, the lace-up front — it's all so good.
With A Bow On Top
This cherry red crop top looks like one half of my future go-to date night outfit, to be paired with a black vinyl midi skirt.
All Tied Up
The side laces on this crop top take it from understated to wow.
Because everyone needs that one go-to striped tee in their closet. Why not make it a cropped one?
Clean And Simple
A crisp white crop top for a super fresh summer look.
Everyone disses orange, but when it comes in the form of a supremely comfy crop top it's worth giving a try.
This is a top that could look fancy AF is styled right thanks to its romantic gathered design and beautiful silky fabric.
A crop top that brings the drama. Best worn post 10pm on weekends.
Do The Twist
Sometimes the smallest little detail like the twist in this shirt can totally make a piece.
More orange, this time branded with "Heavenly" text. Because you're an angel — don't ever forget it.
The V neck, reimagined.
I am in love with this crop top for its gorgeous ruched design and tiny dangling bows! Its burnt orange hue would also look ace with dark wash denim and gold jewelry — need.
The plain white tee gets an edgy modern update thanks to mesh paneling.
Clearly I'm feeling orange, but when there are so many crop tops in the hue that look like good how can I not be?
Puffed sleeves a la the '80s are in, and this crop top does them incredibly well.
It's like that ruched tank top you wore in 2003 but better.
All Buttoned Up
A crop top fit for the office, brunch, rooftop chilling, wherever.