When It's Too Hot to Function, Reach For a Lightweight Linen Top
Summer clothes should be breathable, lightweight, and so adorable, and that all basically describes a linen top. We believe wholeheartedly that every closet should be filled with quality tops, because they're such essential layering pieces. Whether you like jeans, shorts, or skirts, they all need to be paired with a top. Linen is also one of our favorite fabrics because it's super breathable and insanely comfortable. In other words, it's always a winner. When it's too hot to function, you'll want to reach for one of these elegant, lightweight linen tops.
These 11 picks will be on permanent rotation all season long. From classic button down shirts to flirty halter tops and on trend strapless styles, there's a linen top to suit everyone's style. We're particularly crushing on a burnt orange tank that looks great with jean shorts and an oversized black shirt we can wear buttoned up, tied at the waist, or open with a tank or bralette underneath. Some of these tops mean business, some are sexy, and some can be worn for any occasion. If you need a new top this season, make it linen. We know we will.
A Puff Sleeve Top: J.Crew Smocked Puff-sleeve Linen Top
This J.Crew Smocked Puff-sleeve Linen Top ($90) has the cutest collar and sleeve details. The black is so easy to style, too. You can wear it with everything from jean shorts at night to sleek slacks at the office. It runs a little large, so if you're in between sizes, consider sizing down.
An Everyday Shirt: Frank & Eileen Eileen Knit Linen Shirt
You'll fall in love with this Frank & Eileen Eileen Knit Linen Shirt ($238). It comes in a bunch of colors and prints, so you can find your favorite, and you'll wear it all summer long. This colorful striped pattern is one of our top choices.
A Halter Top: Zara Linen Blend Halter Top
When it's super hot, go with a cute crop top. This Zara Linen Blend Halter Top ($40) looks like a classic halter top from the front, but the back tells a different story. It's strappy, sexy, and perfect paired with shorts for a weekend or night out.
An Affordable Shirt: Uniqlo Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt
This Uniqlo Premium Linen Long-Sleeve Shirt ($20, originally $30) comes in so many colors, so it's easy to find your favorite. If you've seen people all over Instagram and TikTok wearing a button down open, with shorts and a tank underneath, and want to try the trend for yourself, this is a good pick. Plus, it's on sale, and so affordable!
A Colorful Top: Bella Dahl Cross Front Halter Top
A cute colorful top is a summer staple. This Bella Dahl Cross Front Halter Top ($110) makes the cut because it's functional, flattering, and so cute. We love the little cutout at the chest, and the burnt orange is a great summer to fall transition shade.
A Striped Shirt: Old Navy Puff-Sleeve Striped Linen-Blend Smocked Poet Blouse
When in doubt, go with a striped shirt. This Old Navy Puff-Sleeve Striped Linen-Blend Smocked Poet Blouse ($37) is the perfect weekend shirt. We love it paired with white jeans, or even trying it with white jean shorts to wear as a beach or pool coverup.
A Strapless Top: Reformation Dillon Linen Top
Strapless tops are having a moment, and we love how sexy and simple this Reformation Dillon Linen Top ($128) is. It also comes in black, red, and green, but the white is a staple. We like it paired with white linen pants or even classic cutoff shorts.
A Cropped Shirt: Marissa Webb Maxwell Linen Shirt
If you love the look of a button down shirt but want something more cropped, go with this Marissa Webb Maxwell Linen Shirt ($298). A cropped silhouette is easier to tuck into bottoms, and we love the v neckline. If you want a lightweight linen shirt that's more suitable for nighttime, go with this pick.
A Summer Shirt: J.Crew Slim-fit Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt
This J.Crew Slim-fit Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt ($85, originally $90) comes in a bunch of different colors, but you can't go wrong with soft light blue. It's a classic silhouette that will always be in style. It's also a great pick to wear over a swimsuit.
A Vest: Lovers and Friends Sydney Vest
Want something polished and sexy? Get yourself a cute cropped vest. This Lovers and Friends Sydney Vest ($138) is so flattering, but still means business. Wear it under a blazer for a business look, then take the jacket off for more of a party vibe.
An Oversized Shirt: Zara Linen Shirt With Pockets
When in doubt, go oversized. This black Zara Linen Shirt With Pockets ($46) will always have a place in your closet, and it also comes in white and tan. Plus, at under $50, it's practically a steal. We love it worn open or tied in a knot at the waist.