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    Fashion: The Best Summer Tops for YOUR Body Type

    A big part of shopping is not only looking for a good deal and something you like, but also finding what looks good on you. We’ve all suffered the fate of finding something that looks perfect on the hanger, trying it on and not being impressed with the final result. That’s because even if something looks awesome on the rack, it doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily love it on you.

    With shopping experience, we start to learn what looks good on our varying body types; that usually goes on to inform what we shop for and purchase. But no matter how difficult you think you are to shop for, there are great options for YOU and your body type out there!

    This week, we’re rounding up some of our favorite summer tops, broken down by body type. (We did this last week for summer dresses; check out that roundup here!) While there are always exceptions and you should wear something you love, we think these are some great starting points!

    If you’re curvy and busty…

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    While we want to point out that you’ll want to wear a black or nude cami under this top because of its sheerness, it’s otherwise the perfect top for girls who need extra breathing room up top. Lightweight blouses are comfortable, super modest and loose fitting throughout. This chic blouse comes in a sheer chiffon fabric with a chevron stripe print and partial button placket. Fits with a breast pocket, roll-cuff sleeves and a hi-low hem. Also available in black and white. (Charlotte Russe, $23)

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    We promise we didn’t set out to find two back-to-back chevron tops! This striped tank does something at the very top that you don’t often see with tanks–it has wide straps and a loose fitting design. No feeling suffocated! It comes in a lightweight woven fabric with a chevron stripe print and sheer mesh inset at the shoulders and top back. Fits with a scoop neckline. (Charlotte Russe, $22). Prefer an even more blouse-y look, like the top above? Charlotte Russe also has this adorable top.

    If you’re petite and busty…

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    This tank is perfect if you’re small but have a larger chest. You’ll be covered up and the billowy middle will allow the top to naturally fall into place. This fun tank comes in lightweight woven fabric with a tiered ruffle bust and smocked banded hem. Fits with adjustable spaghetti straps. (Charlotte Russe, $18). Like the top but not as into busy prints? Charlotte Russe also has an adorable pink top that’s more ruffle-y but less “loud.” You’ll just need a cami on underneath!

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    An important thing for bustier girls to remember is that the larger you are in your chest, the shorter the top will become as the fabric falls over you. Since many tops are made to run short (and hit right at the waist where your pants start) and many jeans are now low-rise, you’ll have to be careful in picking out tops that are long enough. We love this charming tank, which comes in lightweight chiffon fabric with stylish pleating and scalloped detailing. Fits with a scoop neckline and keyhole cutout at back. (Charlotte Russe, $20)

    If you’re curvy and not busty…

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    Free flowing “trapeze” tops are really in right now, and the whimsical and loose fitting designs are great for girls who want a little more room on their top half. While this top might be a little restricting for the bustier gals, it’s perfect for anyone who wants something slightly fitted on top that then cascades down with extra fabric. This trendy and summery cami features a neon bird printed chiffon body, scoop neck, skinny adjustable spaghetti straps and a relaxed, trapeze construction with a high-low hemline. (Wet Seal, $17)

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    Another top that is more fitted on top but with a loose middle, this classic cut and color combo is fresh and summery! The darling tee comes in a lightweight crepe fabric with button placket on the back. Cuffed short sleeves fit with button tabs. Also available in olive. (Charlotte Russe, $23)

    If you’re petite and not busty…

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    If you’re smaller on top and don’t mind more form fitting tops, fun tanks are a great option for you. You can always pair a summery cardigan (short sleeves, light fabric) over it for a more covered-up look, too. A closet staple perfect for layering or wearing solo, this tank features a tribal patterned dot knit body, scoop neckline and racerback. For this particular tank, you’ll want to wear a cami underneath since it’s slightly mesh/see-through. You can sport almost any color underneath! (Wet Seal, $17)

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    Peplum is all the rage right now, and it’s perfect for petite ladies! Fitted on top, it’s also a great option for girls who are less busty, since it will keep the proportions of the top in order. This gorgeous top comes in ponte knit fabric with a contrast lace overlay at the front and a scalloped crochet hem. Fits with a scoop neckline and ruffled peplum at the waist. It’s one of the best selling tops on the site right now! (Charlotte Russe, $20)

    If you’re plus-size…

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    Showing off your true waist with a belt or sash is always smart and chic! This chevron tunic (also available in coral) features flattering flutter sleeves and is available in 1-3X. Not into patterns? Look for a similar design in your favorite color! (Deb Shops, $18)

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    This fun top is coral in the front with a pop of cheetah print in the back! The coral perfectly contrasts the print for summer. The racerback tank features a button back and draped high-low silhouette (back too sheer for you? Just rock a nude cami underneath!). (Deb Shops, $21)

    Which of these tops is your favorite? Is there another body type that we should be covering? What are your style tips for specific body types? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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