Easy throw-on-and-go tops are a warm weather essential

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Susan B. wears a green shirt, white jeans, gold sandals and carries a rattan handbag.

I love to layer, and adding a third piece (jacket, cardigan) is my preferred way to add visual interest to an outfit. But when it’s too warm to layer, I rely on lightweight, tops with color or pattern to create a focal point.

earrings | necklace | top | bracelet | bag | jeans (similar) | sandals

I’ve kept this look simple, and let the color of the top do most of the heavy lifting. (Though the bag & shoes add some interesting texture.) The top is a bit oversized, but the light, drapey fabric helps mitigate some of the volume. I’ve double-looped a long link necklace to fill in the neckline.

Lightweight, throw-on-and-go tops are always near the top of my style wish list as summer approaches. With some (much) warmer days in the forecast, I’ve been sifting through the current styles and have bookmarked (and ordered) a few to try. Here are a few I thought you might like too…

(Just a note: I’ve provided seasonal color recommendations, but colors may look different online than in person.)

Lightweight tops that hold their own…

Nic + Zoe dotty crinkle lightweight top.

I love the “polka dot adjacent” print on this crinkle cotton top, and have one on order. (Misses | Petite | Plus). The colors should work for my Spring palette, but could possibly work for some Summers as well.

Madewell polka dot back button top.

Here’s one for you Winters. This back button polka dot top is shown with matching shorts, but I think it would look smashing with white jeans or pants.

Nic + Zoe blue shibori print lightweight top.

Here’s another one for you Winters. This Shibori print top would work for Bohemian and boho-leaning style types. (Petite | Plus)

J.Crew Ramie block print tunic.

These colors could work for both some Autumns and Springs. This block print tunic is available in sizes XX-Small to 3X.

J.Jill smocked floral top.
Talbots yellow stripe button front shirt.
J.Jill pintucked blouse.
Chico's no-iron linen dot print shirt.

Did someone say no-iron linen? This fun dot print shirt is available in sizes 00(0-2) to 3(16-18).

Chico's no-iron coral paisley shirt.

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