This top is for skirt wearers who don’t want to wear fitted tops or tucked tops with skirts, culottes or wide crops. The tie-front top is a good solution, because you wear it over bottoms thereby covering some of the waist and midsection bits. The fluid fit is breezy on hot days, and will fit an assortment of body types. The tie provides structure by shortening the length of the top, and tapering the fit to showcase the contour of the body.

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Of course, you can wear tie-front tops with jeans, pants and shorts as the stock photos show. But since skirts languish in closets when they don’t have tops to wear with them, I’m emphasizing how well the tie-front top can work with straight, A-line and flared skirts.

The tie-front top comes in all sorts of colours, patterns, fabrics, and with assorted necklines and sleeve styles. Some versions are dressier than others. The style of the tie and length of the top can vary too. Some are longer, thereby covering more of the midsection. Some finish on the waist, while others expose the midsection. Some ties tie to the side. Take your pick.

The V-necklines are particularly flattering on petites, shorter necks, and larger busts. The knits are usually easier to launder than woven versions, but the wovens look more crisp. The button-through style is not problematic for curvy figures with larger busts because of the fluid fit and structure created with the tie.

Try the tie-front top if you have orphaned Summer skirts. Make sure the length is right so that you’re confident with the fit on the midsection. You might need to size down if the fit is too blouson-y.

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