Summer Staples: Tie-Front Tops & How To Wear Them

Tie-front tops: a summer style staple for real girls and celebs alike! Image via Pinterest.

Tie-front tops: a summer style staple for real girls and celebs alike! Image via Pinterest.

No matter your summer plans, a tie-front top should be in your wardrobe–or at the very least in your shopping bag! More covered than a crop, but still totally alluring, the tie-front top cinches in your waist and enhances the bustline, thus creating the illusion of an hourglass figure. Since summer calls for flaunting it now and then, the tie-front is the perfect casual piece to have on hand. And, because they’re fashioned in myriad of fabrics (from silk to chiffon and everything in between!) you’re sure to find one that perfectly compliments your personal style. Read on to find out how to style one!

Tips for Rocking a Tie-Front Top

  • Adjust your coverage. Just because you’re wearing a cinched shirt doesn’t mean you have to show your belly! In fact, in general, when it comes to coverage, the bottoms you choose to wear matter more to the skin-showing equation than the tie-front top itself! Naturally, anything with a high or medium-rise waist provides ample tummy coverage, while low waists provide more obvious peek-a-boo action!
  • Consider the fit. Tight fitting tie-front tops skew towards sexy. They tend to look best when paired with pieces that are otherwise relaxed or structured (think, an accordion skirt, chic cigarette pants, tailored shorts) to create a classy balance. While it may seem counter-intuitive, looser-fitting blouses actually have the potential to be more curve-enhancing than tight fitting ones! The tie on the looser tie-front, for example, provides a more dramatic bust-to-waist-to-hip contrast, thus making your waist appear smaller! Another advantage of a loose-fitting tie-front is that the extra fabric often means that the shirt is more adjustable, so you can choose just how much skin to show or hide each wear.
  • Feel free to layer. If you’re not comfortable with showing a lot of skin, a simple tank underneath your tie-front provides some extra modesty. Similarly, pairing a high-waisted bottom with a longer-length tie-up offers all of the style milage without much of the exposure.
  • Don’t be afraid to DIY! While many retailers are offering pre-tied options, there couldn’t be an easier trend to copy at home! Can’t find a tie-front shirt that perfectly fits your need? Just DIY one! And DON’T feel limited to using a button-up to do so. A tied-up tee is a totally viable (and sexy!) alternative. Some hints: For DIY button-ups, choose a top with a relaxed fit or go up a size or two. The goal is to have a shirt that’s loose enough to be tied low on the waist–not directly under your boobs like a cowgirl Halloween-costume. DIY-tied tees should be long in length so that you have enough extra material to tie up.


Steal their style! Peep our picks for must-have tie-fronts below. Image via Pinterest.

Steal their style! Peep our picks for must-have tie-fronts below. Image via Pinterest.

Didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without any tie-fronts to add to your collection, did you?! Click through these links to see our favorite buyable picks. For further styling advice on the tie-front top, complete with outfit inspiration, click through to this Style Spy post by Megan Hall! It may be a year old, but it’s genius…and the tie-front shirt is forever 😉

PINK tie-front tank in slub cotton jersey @Victoria’s Secret

Chambray crop tie-front shirt @Miss Selfridge

Gingham plaid tie-front blouse @Vince Camuto

Equipment ‘Dylan’ relaxed tie-front shirt in peach @Oxygen Boutique 

byCORPUS acid wash tie-front tank top @Urban Outfitters

Soft Joie ‘Cameo’ tie-front tank @Revolve

Tie-Front Floral Top @Forever 21

Urban Renewal ‘Kitsch’ tie-front shirt @Urban Outfitters

Elephant print tie-front sleeveless blouse @New Look

Shop an entire store’s selection (that’s 94 shirts!) of tie-front goodness @Wet Seal

Do you own a tie-front top or two? Are you into this quintessential summer style? Why or why not? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!


Liza, Editorial Director


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