10 Cute Summer Tops Every Woman Needs (And Where To Get Them)

10 Cute Summer Tops Every Woman Needs (And Where To Get Them)

Who has stood in their closet full of clothes and thought, “I have NOTHING to wear”? I’m willing to bet that almost all of you have had that thought. Even I’ve had that thought and I have a studio space full of clothing racks. And, summer often makes it worse because it’s sweltering hot so you basically want to wear no clothes, but being a woman over 40, you feel like you have to cover up a bit more.

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For me, one of the tougher things to find each summer is cute tops…that also give me some arm coverage. I’ve been on a mission this year, and I wanted to share my finds with you.

Take a look at these 10 cute summer tops below

Flutter Sleeve Top, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a printed flutter sleeve top by Joie, a white vegan leather skirt by Nanushka, python ankle strap espadrille wedges by Vince Camuto, pouch bag by Mansur Gavriel, Salvatore Ferragamo sunglasses, and Julie Vos bracelets in Telluride, Colorado

#1 | Joie Flutter Sleeve Top

I ordered this top unsure of if I’d really like it. But, as soon as I opened up the package I knew it was a great print! It has these really gorgeous beige and brown tones and the print itself isn’t too overpowering. Sometimes prints can make you look larger than you are, but this print is beautifully done and the smaller scale keeps you looking slimmer.

Summer Mom Style, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white safari top by Free People, Moussy Vintage Lomita wide straight leg jeans, and Bueno comfort sandals in Telluride, Colorado

#2 | Free People Safari Top

This top by Free People is a cool, safari-style that has front pockets, tie cuffs, and a v-neck. It fits into that summer utility trend I’ve talked about here and here. If you missed my video on summer trends, you can watch that here.

And, look at that arm coverage!! Flabby arms be gone!! The ties on the arms allow you to control the tightness, which is such a great detail if you have bigger arms.

Affordable Express outfit on sale featuring cargo pants in dark green, beige linen scoop neck t-shirt, layered gold necklace on fashion blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style

#3 | Linen Tee

A linen tee is a must-have wardrobe basic. I love that it’s SO lightweight and breathable. And the scoop neck hits at just the right place. It’s also super affordable! I bought this tee in beige. I also grabbed it in lavender and baby blue.

Nanushka Vegan leather Skirt, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a mint green bodysuit by Amanda Uprichard, white vegan leather knotted skirt by nanushka, tortoise and pearl earrings by Elizabeth Cole, and white Botega Veneta sandals dupes standing on a ranch in south Texas

#4 | Mint Green Bodysuit

I’ve talked about how much I love this bodysuit by Amanda Uprichard! A good bodysuit can be hard to find because some of them fit so weird, but this one is longer so it’s super comfy. I love the ruched shoulder detail, v-neckline and the standout color. I shared more about the bodysuit in this post.

Affordable White Blazer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing mom jeans, a black puff shoulder bodysuit, pre-layered gold chain necklace, and python sandals from Express in west Texas Affordable White Blazer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing mom jeans, a black puff shoulder bodysuit, pre-layered gold chain necklace, and python sandals from Express in west Texas

#5 | Black Bodysuit

I was lucky enough to find a second bodysuit that fits SO well and it’s super chic! It can be worn on or off the shoulder and it’s COMFORTABLE! It doesn’t pull or ride up like other bodysuits. It’s also one of the cuter bodysuits I’ve seen with the puff sleeves and v neckline, which is particularly great for rectangle body shapes. (Find out what your body shape is with this video.) The fabric is on the thicker side, so if you have a smaller bust, you can get away with no bra. I’m not wearing a bra in the picture above.

See how I styled this bodysuit here with an awesome blazer that makes any outfit look expensive!

April Best Sellers, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com sharing monthly reader favorites including this white Frame 3/4 sleeve blouse

#6 | Frame Top 

For a daytime chic look, grab a silky blouse like this one by Frame. Frame is one of my all-time favorites for blouses! They nail elevated basics. This top, for example, is a versatile basic, but the 3/4 sleeves, beautiful neckline and balloon sleeves make it special. I paired this top with shorts. I share great tips on how to wear shorts over 40 in this post.

Amanda Uprichard Tops, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a black puff sleeve top by Amanda Uprichard with white flare jeans by Mother, black studded sandals by Vince Camuto, and pearl statement earrings in the Bahamas

#7 | Puff Sleeve Top

This top was so nice, I bought it twice! I love the v-wire and ruching around the bust. It’s so sexy and it’s supportive enough that you don’t have to wear a bra! I also love the puff sleeves… Remember, I like drama in my clothes, not my life! 😉  I originally bought this black version for my trip to the Bahamas and styled it with white flare jeans and black studded flat sandals. See how I styled the beige color below…

Africa Outfits, Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a white cotton shirt by Rails with a white Rag & Bone hat and Moussy Vintage jeans in Telluride, CO

#8 | Rails White Button Down

This is a wardrobe basic but definitely a great top to have in your wardrobe even if you already have a white button-down! It’s 100% cotton so it’s lightweight, breathable, and perfect for summer! See more photos of this shirt and another one by Rails here. (And…find six edgy ways to wear your white button-down shirt here.)

Memorial Day Weekend Sales, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com sharing the best sales and promo codes happening this weekend

#9 | Ganni Green Top

I love this Ganni top! The balloon sleeves, wrap front, and fun print are super stylish! And it’s on major sale right now! It’s also another small scale print. Remember, smaller scale prints make you look smaller. See more tips on how to look slimmer here.

White Tops For Summer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing white kick flare jeans by Scoop with a white lace Free People blouse, QUAY aviator sunglasses, and studded Vince Camuto mules in Telluride, Colorado

#10 | Free People Long Sleeve Top

I featured this top in my roundup of the best white tops for summer here. It’s perfect for those of you who don’t like to show your arms but still want to stay cool during the summer. It has beautiful lace details and a billowy fit. I love the way it looks tucked into jeans. It is quite sheer as you can see, so you have to wear a nude bra, camisole, or bralette underneath.

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  1. Hi FroM Minnesota!
    I have been WATCHING-YOUR youtube VIDEOS fOr quite awhiLe & i APPRECIATE your advice.
    I wanted to mention that i wanted the jordi necklace by elizabeth cole bUt it had sold out. I did attAch a note to Their CUSTOMER service People back in may telling Them thAt i’d like to be notified if they ever RESTOCKED the NECKLACE and was noTified LaSt night they were AVAILABLE.I promptly put in a order.
    My point is that if one really loves an item & it is not AVAILABLE iT is well worth the time to Attach a note about the desire to buy an item with contact info.
    Stay well erin!
    ~Kim walsh

  2. You look so great and you are glowing!!!! LoVe the dress with the belt. Honestly you look great in every oUtfit! Enjoy your beauty! Christy

  3. Hi Erin, love your looks! i ordered the safari top and am awaiting its arrival. i also plan to purchase the rails white button down in the anniversary sale! i also discovered the moussy jeans because of you and love them and you were right-on with the suggestion to size up by one in those. thanks for the inspiration and I hope you and your family are doing well!

    1. I love my Moussy jeans too! And great choices re: blouses!! Let me know what you think of the safari and Rails tops. Erin xo