Trend Report: Tie-Front Tops

June 29, 2012 by

Trend Report: Tie-Front Tops

Every now and then, a trend comes along that is not only easy to try, but totally appropriate for the season and surprising in the best of ways. Yes, we’re talking about tie-front tops—a trend that is super-easy to make your own, is perfect for summer, and is not necessarily something you have tried before. Luckily, there is plenty of inspiration to be found, too. Stylish stars like Kirsten Dunst and Taylor Swift have been spotted sporting tie-front tops in recent weeks, and better yet, they both wore them in strikingly different ways. With that, it is time to click through to today’s Trend Report to discover how you, too, can rock a tie-front top.

Who is trying this trend?
As we mentioned, there are several stars who have given this trend a try, including Eva Mendes, whose typically retro vibe made for a perfect match. Kirsten Dunst was also spotted trying this look recently, along with Freida Pinto and Taylor Swift.

How are they styling it?
There are several different ways to work this look, but whether you try a pencil skirt like Eva and Kirsten did, a pair of skinny jeans like Freida did, or a pair of short shorts like Taylor did, one thing should remain the same: make sure that the gap between your tie-front top and whatever piece you choose to wear on the bottom is thin. Show no more than a sliver of skin. Depending on your top, this may mean that you should wear a high-waist version of your chosen piece—much like the denim pencil skirts that both Eva and Kirsten wore. If your tie-front top falls a little lower, however, you can wear a piece that sits on your hips.

How can I make this look my own?
While there is always the option to grab your favorite blouse, unbutton the bottom button, and then tie your blouse in a knot yourself, we prefer a tie-front top that comes ready to wear. With that said, there are plenty of options on the market right now. Start by picking your poison: a neutral, a bright color, or a print. If you want a neutral top, try Dolce Vita’s Tabatha Tie Front Kimono Blouse ($110) or Patterson J Kincaid’s Shadow Tie Blouse in Black ($108). If you want a bright color, check out Equipment’s Diem Tie-Front Top ($194) and Joie’s Edalette Silk Top in Fuchsia ($188). And if you prefer a print, we love both Tinley Road’s Floral Tie-Front Blouse ($28) and Theory’s Floral-Print Tie Top ($215). When paired with your favorite bottom, you are all set to take on this trend with aplomb! Happy shopping!

Photos: AKM-GSI, Bauer Griffin,