Summer 2017 Trend: Denim Tops

One of the big fashion trends this season is denim tops. If you’ve been reading here long, you know I love my denim so this definitely a bandwagon I can climb on!

Sometimes denim can be stiff to wear so I love to find tops that look like denim but they’re really a softer knit material that are dyed to look like denim. Case in point: this indigo cap sleeve top.

When I saw this top online, I didn’t order it because I thought it was denim and I imagined that it would be stiff and uncomfortable to wear. Lo and behold, I was in the store one day and came across it and realized it is actually a really soft cotton knit top that just looks like denim. Happy day!

Unfortunately, I think everyone else liked it too because it is almost sold out. If you’re an XS, grab it while you can because it’s on sale and will go fast. You also may be able to find one in your local LOFT store. It’s also available in petite sizes, by the way — and those are fully stocked.

FYI, it runs big; I am wearing the small and it is plenty roomy even after washing. (I washed it on cold and hung to dry before I photographed this outfit.)

If you like the style of the top and don’t care about the denim look, it also comes in red, yellow, and white and there are more sizes available in those colors. I like how it is loose but has some shape to it. The length is nice too. My only complaint is that blasted boob pocket. I hate those. Why do retailers do that? I should look into having it removed, but I’m afraid it will leave marks.

Since this post is about denim or denim-look tops, I wanted to share some other cute options. I love this denim tank, and this peplum tee is adorable in the denim color. This cold shoulder top is more of a sweatshirt, but it would be cute with white jeans on a cooler evening. I know everyone is getting tired of the off-the-shoulder style, but this chambray tie shoulder top is sooo cute.

For a lighter blue, this chambray tie waist top is fun, and while it’s not denim, this navy and white printed tie shoulder top looks great paired with white shorts as well. I hope that’s helpful. I hate to feature something that is pretty much sold out, but we took these pictures before I realized it.

Let’s talk shorts for a minute.

Shorts can be tricky, but in some climates they are a necessity. I recommend trying on a lot of different pairs, and just like jeans, always look at your rear view. I think shorts look best when they fit close to the body but aren’t too tight. If they stick out too far from the thighs, they can look frumpy.

I’ve had these white denim shorts for several years; I remember picking them up for a steal on an end-of-season sale back before I became such an AG fan. I wasn’t even searching for white jean shorts; I just saw them online and liked the sale price and lucked out that I really liked the fit. For me, these are perfect with a 22.5″ leg opening and a 3.5″ inseam. Now that I know those measurements work for me, I can compare when buying other shorts.

I know they’re spendy, even on sale, so I also found some other less expensive options to recommend.

These Kut from the Kloth cut-off denim shorts came in my last Trunk Club, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well they fit. I wore them all day and they didn’t bag out although they did stretch some in a comfortable way. They’re flattering from the rear view as well. They have a 4″ inseam and a 22″ leg opening. I also noticed that they have the same fabric content as the AG pair that I love — 98% cotton and 2% spandex.

Another pair I recommend looking at is this pair of denim flip cuffed shorts from LOFT. They’re definitely the most budget-friendly of the lot, and if you wait, they will probably go on sale.

And yes, I realize not every woman wants to wear their shorts this short. Definitely find the length that is the most flattering and comfortable for you. I’ve just ordered a few more pairs to try so I can report back, but since we are all built differently, what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa.

I accessorized with gold jewelry, and I also wanted to mention that my mixed metal bracelet watch by kate spade new york is 40% off at Nordstrom. I love this watch because it has both gold and silver links so it goes with all of my jewelry, and it looks good with casual and dressy outfits and everything in between.

I would normally wear an outfit like this with flat sandals or Converse, but I decided to take it up a notch with platform wedge espadrilles. Also, this Lucky Brand tassel hobo bag is marked WAY down — it’s on sale for $169 and then 50% off that, bringing it down to just $85! It is very good quality, and I personally think it’s the perfect size for everyday.

Denim tops are trending, but sometimes denim can be stiff to wear so I love tops like this that are made of a soft cotton knit and dyed to look like denim.

indigo cap sleeve top (also in red/yellow/white) // white shorts (similar for less) // taupe wedge espadrilles (similar for less) // grey tassel hobo ($85!!!) // Moonbow sunnies c/o Maui Jim // initial pendant // bracelets c/o Alex and Ani // beaded hoop earrings // mixed metal bracelet watch (40% off)

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!

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