When That Summer Heat Kicks In, These "Naked" Tops Are My MVPs

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We're only at the start of June, but things are just heating up. Sure, it's hot now, but what about next month when things really get scorching? Next to turning up my AC on full blast and drinking all of the frozen drinks I can stomach, my approach to beating the heat is wearing less. Since walking out naked is socially unacceptable, the next best thing in my closet is open-back tops.

With an exposed back, these tops feel like a wave of relief on a hot summer day. When you're walking outside and even the slightest movement spawns a cascade of sweat, at least you can bet your upper half will stay relatively cool. But the appeal is not entirely functional: Open-back tops are one of the biggest trends of the summer. In preparation for the unbearably warm days ahead, I've already tallied a list of cute ones, so you can skip the hours of browsing for yourself. Ahead, keep clicking to shop what I predict will also be your seasonal hot-weather MVP.

Urban Outfitters Diamante Dolphin Tie-Back Tank Top ($15)

A discount too good not to take advantage of.

BP Open Back Knit Tank ($19)

Swap this in for all of your basic white tank tops.

Zara Open Back Knit Top ($30)

A knit may be risky once it's regularly warm, so save this as an early autumn top.

Superdown Katryna Chain Cami ($44)

This also makes a jazzy going-out top.

Stone Knitted Halterneck Top ($300)

Kylie Jenner and Gabrielle Union love this top—enough said.

Reformation Gazala Top ($68)

The large back cutout is so simple yet striking.

Urban Outfitters Fruit Open-Back Tank Top ($29)

Wait until you see the cute front detail.

Superdown Silk Tie Top ($210)

Outfit suggestion: wearing this with pinstripe, low-rise pants.

Zara Halter Knit Top ($26)

The kind of top that makes an entrance without words.

Reformation Rind Linen Top ($128)

What's a little ruching in the back?

Rumours Low Tide Top ($40)

Napkin tops forever.

Danielle Guizio Cable Knit Floral Embroidered Halter Top ($180)

Danielle Guizio just always brings it.

Givenchy Knotted Haltertop ($1530)

Oh, you already know this is on my wish list.

Misha Collection Elena Bodysuit ($198)

While most of the backless tops we've seen have razor-thin straps, a new open-back silhouette has emerged. Almost like a crescent moon, this new style has one shoulder covered.

Isa Boulder Crochet Top ($302)

I've always been excited by Isa Boulder's designs, and now that this is on sale, I'm watching it like a hawk.

Superdown Gabie Strappy Back Top ($42)

A little animal print goes a long way.

SIR Soleil Tie Back Top ($250)

Silk satin will feel light on the skin on steamy days.

Trois Ruby Knit Top ($85)

Pair this with a denim miniskirt for the ultimate summer vibe.

Jejia Mix Print Open Back Top ($323)

You could try fashioning a top like this with a gigantic scarf, but I'll take the shortcut.

Helmut Lang Open Back Top ($538)

I'm obsessed with the detailing on this one.

Rezek Studio Aqua Donna Halter ($145)

Matching sets are continuously on my mind, so you already know I'm going for the coordinating pants.

Christopher Esber Stripe-Print Backless Silk Top ($414)

The stripes on this top are just dreamy.

Rachel Comey Collie Top ($285)

From one of my favorite designers.

Cecilie Bahnsen Open-Back Sleeveless Blouse ($650)

How gorgeous is this?

Coming up: I Shop for a Living—These Are the Under-$100 Summer Items Too Good to Pass Up

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