My Closet Was Missing Casual Tops—So These Are the Results of My 9 Hour Search

Judith Jones

I have a pretty robust wardrobe. My husband will willingly attest to it. He occasionally likes to remind me of all the hanger space my clothes take up in our shared closet. Then I occasionally like to remind him that he lives with a fashion editor. It’s true—my wardrobe doesn’t lack for much but every day this summer as I’ve gone to reach for something to wear with my shorts (because they’re all I’m living in at home right now) I suddenly realized that my closet is missing some very important pieces—casual tops. I’ve had several major closet cleanouts this year which has left me with a very small selection of relaxed tops that—to put it plainly—could do with an update. So I searched the internet high and low (9 hours to be exact!) to find the chicest casual tops in every category—from basic tank tops to trending camp shirts, read on to shop the very best of my finds. 

Tank Tops

H&M Ribbed Tank Top ($13)

Opt for a ribbed texture for an elevated look.

Madewell Whisper Cotton V-Neck Tank ($19)

A Who What Wear best-seller.

Madewell Shirred Drawstring Tank Top in Bright Buds ($55)

Pair this sweet cotton tank top with your denim shorts this summer.

Wild Fable Tank Top ($8)

We love the retro vibe.

H&M Smocked Top ($10)

A smocked tank top in a pretty pastel hue? Add to cart.

H&M Lace-Trimmed Tank Top ($13)

Add a little romance with lace details.

Re/Done Ribbed Tank ($85)

This is putting us in the summertime spirit. 

Relaxed Button-Down Shirts

Alex Mill Standard Linen Button-Up Shirt ($125)


Mango 100% Linen Shirt ($40)

A warm yellow hue is perfect for summer.

H&M Cotton Shirt ($13)

Wear over your bikini with high-waisted denim shorts.

Madewell Oversized Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Mullins Stripe ($55)

A year-round staple.

Splendid Long Sleeve Top ($148)

Effortlessly cool.


Ciao Lucia Ezio Top ($265)

Obsessed with a capital O.

Urban Outfitters Uo Flora Puff Sleeve V-Neck Blouse ($39)

Such an easy-to-wear silhouette.

Minkpink Heart Strings Blouse ($79)

Fashion girls are loving milkmaid style tops right now.

& Other Stories Printed Puff Sleeve Wrap Top ($59)

Super flattering.

H&M Cotton Puff-Sleeved Blouse ($18)

We can never say no to puff sleeves.


Madewell Whisper Cotton Ribbed Crewneck T-Shirt ($20)

Time for a white tee update.

The Drop. Short-Sleeve Scoop Neck Drapey T-Shirt ($20)

You'll get so much use out of this.

Free People You Rock T-Shirt ($38)

This comes in 4 cool colors.

Madewell Ottoman Jacquard V-Neck Setlist Boxy Top ($50)

Never enough tie-dye.

Camp Shirts

Faithfull the Brand Charlita Tie-Dyed Linen Shirt ($85)

A fashion-girl favorite.

H&M Resort Shirt ($15)

Wear over your swimsuit this summer.

L*Space Island Time Top ($99)

Transport yourself to a tropical island.

H&M Linen-Blend Shirt ($25)

Surprisingly versatile.

Everlane The Clean Silk Short-Sleeve Square Shirt ($98)

For your next beach trip.


Naked Wardrobe Tank Bodysuit ($38)

Versatile and chic.

Madewell Tank Bodysuit ($40)

Try a heather grey hue.

Agolde Rianne Thong Bodysuit ($68)

Easy to dress up or down.

Lioness Je T'Aime Thong Bodysuit ($59)

We love the balconette bra detail.

Cropped Tops

Sheln Racerback Crop Top ($10)

A steal at $10.

ASTR the Label Maiken Lace Trim Camisole ($88)

How pretty, though?

Topshop Crop Lace Trim Cotton Camisole ($10)

A refreshing update to your casual top collection.

Superdown Gabbie Ruched Top ($50)

This is selling out fast.

Lightweight Knits

Madewell Wakeford Ruffle Sweater Tank ($40)

Wear from summer to fall in style.

& Other Stories Short Sleeve Pointelle Cardigan ($69)

We're getting major french girl vibes here.

L'Academie Petal Sweater ($125)

Classic and sophisticated.

Graphic Tees

H&M Printed T-Shirt ($15)

Style with fun leggings (like above). 

Urban Outfitters Koi Fish Overdyed T-Shirt Dress ($39)

Oversize graphic tee + bike shorts = a winning combination.

Target Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt ($15)

Wear with shorts now, and your jeans come fall.

Plain Studios New York City Graphic Tee ($15)

We love New York.

Up next, the affordable basic fashion girls can't stop wearing.

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