16 Summer Crop Tops That Are Anything But Basic

Just because the crop top feels like it's everywhere — we're talking from Walmart to Bergdorf Goodman — doesn't mean it needs to take a backseat in your summer wardrobe. But we're taking it upon ourselves to reclaim the crop, distinguishing the good from the basic, and bring it back from music-festivals-only to be a fashion-girl staple once again.

In place of skin-tight, bandage-style pieces and loud, neon prints, we're putting the spotlight on sophisticated, stylish options that can make your outfit. With such an overwhelming array of options available at every single price point, it can be difficult to know where to start. Let the 16 picks ahead (which include cut-outs, ruffles, sheer fabrics, color-blocking, and so much more) be your guide.
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Get in on the sleepwear-as-streetwear trend with a silky top that's date-night ready.

Reformation Basinger Top, $168, available at Reformation.
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Play with colors and textures with an eye-catching crochet.

Rachel Comey Multi Pima Cotton Cropped Tank, $265, available at Avenue 32.
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A semi-sheer top is both casual and edgy (and gives you a way to also wear your favorite bandeau).

Alexander Wang Ruffled Trim Crop Top, $595 $357, available at Opening Ceremony.
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It's all in the details, like these tiny, tied straps.

Wilfred Colombes Camisole, $65, available at Aritzia.
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Your July 4th weekend uniform, found.

Pixie Market Blue and Red Ruffled Crop Top, $56, available at Pixie Market.
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Swap your super-tight black version for a softer, back-tie top.

& Other Stories Satin Crop Top, $55, available at & Other Stories.
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Seal your outfit with a big ol' bow.

Whit Knot Bandeau, $248, available at The Rising States.
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Give your "going-out" wardrobe a revamp with a flattering wrap silhouette in a fun print.

Alexis Polka Dot Noly Top, $275 $179, available at Moda Operandi.
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A little touch of hardware is all you need to make a statement.

Few Moda The Circle Tank, $79.90, available at Few Moda.
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Never underestimate the power of a statement-making back.

Creatures of Comfort Mic Top, $395, available at Creatures of Comfort.
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Sharp and structural? Yes, please.

Carven Cropped Wrap Effect Crepe Top, $340, available at Net-A-Porter.
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A reminder that crop tops are also versatile layering pieces.

Storets Cornelia Bustier Top, $62, available at Storets.
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On hot, lazy days, you'll want to live in this throwback vintage-inspired tee.

Zara Striped Crop Top, $19.90, available at Zara.
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Why not try a modern version of the Canadian tuxedo?

DYS Flare Denim Crop Top, $148, available at W Concept.
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Have a laundry list of formal events to hit this season? Pop on this top to turn your flouncy skirt up to 11.

Apiece Apart La Roma Cropped Top, $350, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Simple from the front, party in the back.

Hackwith Design House Reames Top, $150, available at Hackwith Design House.
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