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Tops to Wear with Leggings in Summer

Finding the perfect tops to wear with leggings in summer can elevate your style and keep you comfortable in the heat. As experts in all things beachwear, we know that selecting the right top is crucial for balancing your look and ensuring breathability.

If you’re wondering what kind of tops pair well with leggings, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will dive deeper into a myriad of stylish tops, helping you feel both comfortable and chic.

From our experience, the right top can make all the difference in your summer wardrobe. So, if you’re ready to elevate your summer style, keep on reading as we explore the top picks.

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Our Top Pick

With so many fantastic options to choose from, it can be difficult to pick a favourite. But not impossible. Our top pick would be the Romina 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress from Iconique.

This elegant dress features intricate embroidery throughout, a traditional shirt collar, and a buttoned front for a classic look. The mini length and side slits add a touch of breezy sophistication, making it perfect for a beach outing.

The 3/4 sleeves provide just the right amount of coverage, while the 100% cotton fabric ensures breathability and comfort during those warm summer days.

Whether you’re strolling along the shore or enjoying a casual day out, this dress is a versatile and stylish addition to your summer wardrobe.

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Beach Shirts

Beach shirts are an excellent choice for pairing with leggings. Based on our observations, their lightweight fabric and loose fit offer both style and comfort.

We recommend the Boyfriend Beach Shirt from Seafolly. It is a mini-length throw-over beach shirt style with roll-up sleeves, a V neck, and pockets.

This beach shirt style is perfect for a relaxed day by the sea or a casual outing. The mini length adds a playful touch, while the long rolled-up sleeves and V neck provide a breezy and comfortable fit. Made from 100% Cotton slub, it ensures breathability during those hot summer days.

We also love the Core Beach shirt from Lidea, which is a lovely green style with a V neck, button front, and elbow-length sleeves.

This beach shirt, made from 100% Viscose Ecovero (a sustainable fabric), combines eco-friendliness with style, making it an excellent addition to your summer wardrobe.

Tunic Tops And Dresses

Tunic tops and dresses work wonderfully with leggings. These tops provide coverage and are often made from airy materials like cotton or linen.

One standout piece is The Hawaii Mini Tunic from Pia Rossini. This pretty coral-coloured floral print mini tunic features long sleeves and a criss-cross laced and embellished V neck.

The mini length adds a fun, youthful vibe, while the long sleeves offer just the right amount of coverage. Made from 100% Polyester, this tunic is lightweight and perfect for a day at the beach or a casual outing.

Tunics are versatile enough to be dressed up or down, making them an essential item in any summer wardrobe.

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Casual Tops And Dresses

Casual tops are summer essentials as they come in different styles and cuts. We love The Popsicle Halter Mini Dress from Pitusa. The beautiful tiered mini style features tiers of pastel-coloured ruffles and Pitusa’s classic Inca weave straps.

This cute little dress has Inca weave detailing, is mini length, and is made in Peru. It adds a playful and colourful touch to your summer outfit.

Our other stellar choice is the Minimal Mini Wrap Dress from Greek Archaic Kori in rich magenta linen. This wrap-style dress forms a flattering V-neckline, and a tie belt accentuates the waist while puff sleeves add the finishing touches to this mini dress.

Made from 100% Linen, it is perfect for staying cool and chic. These pieces pair effortlessly with leggings, offering a relaxed yet chic look. Choose tops with fun patterns or vibrant colours to make a statement.

What to Look for in a Summer Top

When selecting summer tops, consider the fabric, fit, and style. Breathable materials like cotton or bamboo are ideal. Look for loose fits to allow air circulation and ensure you stay cool.

Tips on Wearing Tops with Leggings

Pairing tops with leggings shouldn’t have to be a daunting task. Let’s look at some practical styling tips for you to attain the perfect ensemble, no matter the occasion.

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We know that the versatility of your top is key. Choose tops that can transition from day to night, beach to bar. A tunic can double as a cover-up or a casual dress.

The Power Of Accessories

Accessories can transform your outfit. A wide-brimmed hat is one of the best summer hats to pair with your ensemble, offering both style and sun protection. Choosing the best beach bag is another must-have for carrying all your essentials.

Consider The Length Of Your Leggings

When it comes to leggings, length matters. Capri leggings are great for a sporty look, while full-length leggings offer a sleek silhouette.

Pairing them with the best summer skirts or learning how to style long skirts in summer can add variety to your wardrobe.


Finding the right tops to wear with leggings in summer is all about balance and comfort. At Simply Beach, we are dedicated to providing stylish and practical options for your summer wardrobe. Explore our collection to find your perfect summer tops.

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