Summer lovin’: Embroidered tops

I always get a little giddy inside when embroidered tops are in style.

They don’t just scream summer… they scream summer whilst dancing at a pool party, margarita in hand. They’re perfect for everyday, breezy, great for traveling and can be paired with so many different things.

This is my newest love:

image Tory Burch

I actually didn’t buy it because I couldn’t justify the price with the changes my bod is going through. So if you buy it, let me know so I can be jealous 😉

Some other faves:

image Anthropologie

image Forever21

image Tory Burch

The embroidered look is also great on dresses:

image Ella Moss

image Of Two Minds

You can find them in pretty much any clothing store, but here are some tips to keep it from looking too frumpy:

-Don’t mix baggy with baggy. If you’re rolling with a more flowy, loose-fitting tunic, pair it with skinny crops or leg-licious shorts.

-Combine with classic jewelry to keep it from looking like a costume

-Look out for the shape of the top. If it’s a total square and not tailored in the waist or sleeves, be on the lookout for another one. Add a belt for shape to a baggier dress.

How to wear embroidered tops:

-With denim cut-offs or cuffed shorts, wedge shoes or structured sandals

-With skinny crops and flats

-With a printed skirt (mostly for more form-fitting embroidered tops) and wedge shoes

-Over a swimsuit with a fedora 😀

Are you rocking the embroidered trend this season?

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  1. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health on June 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Those are all so cute! I just may have to find one that would look good on me 🙂

  2. Kristina @ spabettie on June 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I love the embroidered style – I just got a SUPER CUTE “embellished” kate spade cardigan. 😀 (I also love cardigans…)

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 25, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I have ALWAYS loved embroidery!!!! Like, it’s the end all, be all, for me.

    I love the brand Free People b/c they use lots of embroidery, even before they were as “trendy” as they are now, 10 yrs ago they were still doing it.

    And the pants that I have mentioned to you before, Be Present, I get the styles with huge embroidered pink lotus flowers on the upper part…love them.

    Great post for me 🙂

  4. alexe on June 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Could you come to Montreal and be my stylist please? Pleeeeaaase???

    I’ve discovered your blog a couple months ago and I have to admit that I have a major girl crush. I wish I had your fashion sense! I’m a fitness instructor and a gym fanatic just like you but my style is more sporty than anything else. I wish I had an eye for pretty dresses and accessories like you! I’m gonna take some notes and show your blog to my roommate so, hopefully, she’ll tag along in my next shopping trip to help me find that look.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I love your blog and congrats on the pregnancy!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

      thank you so much, alexa!
      and i’d totally move to montreal 🙂

  5. Sana on June 25, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Too cute! I am worried about looking too boxy in them!

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on June 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Love the one from Anthro! So cute!!

  7. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on June 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I love embroidered shirts.. these are all super cute!

  8. Amber L on June 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    oooo I’ve always been a fan of embroidery! These are all super cute. I love the tips too!

  9. Amanda on June 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I haven’t really tried this trend yet, but the tops you posted are adorable 🙂

  10. Ali (urbanfruitbat) on June 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I never purchase new clothes! I think I have had the same wardrobe for over a year. I generally wait for Christmas and get clothes as gifts. But your fashion posts are certainly starting to have an effect on my outlook… there may be a shopping spree in my near future!

    • Fitnessista on June 26, 2011 at 11:00 am


  11. mi-an on June 26, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I love embroidered apparel!!! i have sorta bohemian chic style and this is totally my zone… 🙂

  12. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on June 26, 2011 at 4:38 am

    I absolutely love the colour and design of the anthropologie one. Just bought some deisel denim cut-offs and have been wearing them with cute tees, but an embroidered top would be a great and more feminine way to wear them…thanks for the fashion advice! 🙂 xyx

  13. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I love this style! I tried on a few dresses/tops like this at Forever 21 last summer but they were all so baggy, so I looked like a major frumpypants. I’m still on the lookout for some more fitted styles though – that dress from Of Two Minds looks perfect!

  14. Chelsa on June 26, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love the Anthropologie one. I have a thing for orange and coral. Very cute.

  15. Gina @ Running to the kitchen on June 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I love this look too, did to buy some more 🙂

  16. Erin on June 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’m wearing an embroidered top right now and just bought another at Anthropologie a few weeks ago. I love this trend, and I’m usually not into trends!

  17. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on June 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I love that orange Anthro top! Looks so comfy!

  18. Christine @ BookishlyB on June 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I adore embroidered tops, but I can’t stand it when/if they unravel.

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