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14 Tie-Front Tops and Dresses That Are the Epitome of Summer

This summer, you may have noticed one small detail is having major impact: the tie front. Whether it’s on dresses or tops, the retro island girl/Parisian-feeling trend that first made an appearance last summer is back and bigger than ever.

What we love most about the tie-front trend is not only its decidedly summery vibe but also how user-friendly it actually is. If you’re into baring skin, there’s a plethora of breezy flyaway tops and deep plunging styles on offer. If you’re of the more conservative, need-to-wear-a-bra variety, dresses and tops that only show a small peek of skin abound, allowing for an undergarment to sit right underneath without anyone being the wiser. Fashion and function? Sign us up.

The trend has trickled into a variety of categories from swim to intimates, but where brands have really invested is in tops and dresses where you can find everything from critter-printed crop tops to summer party-worthy midi dresses. Office-appropriate tie-front button-down blouses are even part of the assortment. Avoiding the trend? Knot a chance (sorry).

If you’re ready to take on tie-front tops and dresses — and maybe give your off-the-shoulder styles a much-needed rest — click through the slideshow ahead. From mega brands like H&M to indie celeb fave labels like Réalisation, we’re pretty sure you’ll find an option that will have you, well, fit to be tied.

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