The Crisp, Endlessly Useful and Chic White Summer top

Style theory: From bright to chalky to creams..a white top is the perfect piece to have in your wardrobe. It looks crisp, fresh and positively summer-like, this year choose from delicate lace, broderie anglais or boho styles, all beautifully flattering and oh so Summer 2015....
White tops look great with distressed jeans, creating a perfect contrast and edge to clean lines and the colour of the white top. Here are a selection of white tops styled perfectly by the streetstylers: 

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Now for the best on the high street and how they look on. I have concentrated on white tops with some kind of arm coverage as I am now getting to that age where I like the top of my arms to have some coverage eek!...
Warehouse White Gypsy Top £24

This is a great version of a gypsy top, I like it better pulled up on the shoulders it creates a flattering square neckline, the top can be tucked in or left out over jeans. I unfortunately had my dungarees on these photos (completely the wrong thing to wear when trying on tops so just ignore them!)
There is 25% off Warehouse this week with Grazia so if you fancy this top get it with the code WHGRAZIA25 (I think?) 
Warehouse Black Stripe lace Top £32
Part lace top, part breton what's not to love?!
Topshop Sheer Pom Pom Embroidered top £38

I can only find this in the black online but I saw lots of cream instore. I love the pom pom details on this top, it would look fab over a bikini with distressed denim shorts.
Zara Combined top £25.99

This has gorgeous lace detail at the top with good length sleeves if you are conscious of your upper arms.
Zara £25.99
This is one of my favourite tops I tried on and I will be buying this one. It is so flattering and delicate, I love the cut of the sleeve and the embroidery detail.
Zara Guipere Lace Off-Shoulder Top Blouse £29.99

Show a little shoulder without looking too over the top.
Zara Embroidered jacket £39.99

So not necessarily all white, but I do love this kimono, it would be perfect over a white vest and boyfriend jeans with tan strappy sandals.

Looks like this top may have sold out online, but it is definitely available in store and this one I have my eye on buying too. I love a victoriana neckline and I can just about get away with the no sleeves as the shoulder detail detracts from your arms. This would be a really hardworking top in your wardrobe, wear with jeans, shorts, culottes or tucked into a suede skirt for a fabulous office look.

Fingers crossed over the next few weeks it will warm up in the uk and we will be able to wear these gorgeous white tops, in the meantime I will be wearing mine under a navy blazer to make sure I get wear out of it this season.

Do you have a favourite white top, have you enticed by the white look this year? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions, until next time Frances xx


  1. I love the Zara one you're getting...I bought the medium but thought it was too tight on the arms so tried to exchange for the large but it's sold out in a large online and in my local store. I've become vaguely obsessed with trying to hunt it down! X

  2. I love the zara and warehouse ones as they are fresh and pretty but not too fussy. I definitely have some of the same pins on my summer board. White tops and distressed blue jeans are just perfect.

    I'm sure you are not too old to wear sleeveless tops! I am older than you and wear them, all be it with wide straps and only in high summer. This time of year, sleeves are definitely better as it is too chilly. Lovely selection.

  3. This is my fashion weakness, just addicted to them. I have the Zara one which you are getting, which I love and would recommend and I have the warehouse one you have featured in the plain Ivory. Lovely selection Fran as ever. X

  4. Love the last top on you. I just bought a gorgeous white lace top with square neckline from Zara which is very Chloe-esque. They go with everything. Mango also have a good selection.

  5. Love a white or cream lace top! Have an H&M one and an old Anthropologie one. I had no luck with the Zara ones - the cotton one you like best (which I did too) was too short for me (tummy showing when I raised my arms!) Such a simple, chic all I need is the Monsieur Gavriel tan bucket bag to go with!

  6. You can't beat a fab little white top and cut-offs for Summer! I love the last Victoriana one but sadly that neckline doesn't look good on me :0( xx

  7. These tops are just lovely. I really like the lacey one from Top shop - in the black and white!! Lorraine

  8. Honestly, I'd buy them all!!! Such a weakness for lace but then you'd look good in a paper bag. Just wish the weather would warm up xx

  9. I love the one's from Zara, will definitely be popping in there to try those on. Thanks for searching out some brilliant suggestions. A white top is almost my uniform!

  10. They are all so beautiful! I've built up a collection of cream long sleeved ones but really need a couple of short sleeved ones too! Don't talk to me about upper arms! Mine are awful! x

  11. Did u buy that kimono? I looove it and searching for it for a so long time now.