Today, StyleBlueprint Louisville Editor Heidi Potter shares a thought or two about one of her favorite summer wardrobe staples:

 

Most days during the summer, when I’m not wearing a swimsuit coverup or workout clothes, you’ll find me wearing a peasant top or a tunic. I’ve often wondered what the difference is between a peasant top and a tunic–they seem more or less like the same thing. A little research led me to one answer: length. On the whole, peasant tops are shorter than tunics. All I know for certain is that they are comfortable and cool.

Most retailers and designers offer some sort of a peasant top, with Anthropologie cornering the market on them. They have an entire tab on their website devoted to peasant tops: www.anthropologie.com.

Here are some great looking tops that you can wear not just in the summer, but year-round:

 

J. Crew Factory Paisley Tunic

This top is flame red and that’s why I love it. You could definitely wear this year-round–in the summer with shorts, in the fall/winter with jeans. factory.jcrew.com

J. Crew Paisley Tunic, on sale for $44.99

J. Crew Paisley Tunic, on sale for $44.99

Anthropologie’s Cassis Peasant Top

Like I mentioned before, Anthropologie practically specializes in these tops. The neckline and longer sleeves are a standout here and would work well for a casual or dressy look. www.anthropologie.com

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Cassis Peasant Top by Anthropologie, $98.

Nira Geo Embroidered Peasant Top from Joie

Here is a long-sleeved top that can be worn year round from Joie. www.zappos.com

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Nira Geo Embroidered Peasant Top by Joie, for $170.

Coral Embroidered Peasant Top by Maison Scotch

I’ll take this entire outfit, including her lipstick color and legs too please. piperlime.gap.com

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Coral Embroidered Peasant Top by Maison Scotch, on sale for $67.99.

Sofi Embroidered Eyelet Peasant Top in Yellow by Lucky Brand

This top looks great with the yellow accents and the cute messy ponytail. shop.nordstrom.com

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Sofi Embroidered Eyelet Peasant Top in Yellow by Lucky Brand for $99.

 

Watson Peasant Top by Johnny Was 

This beige top is a nice break from all the white tops we’ve been seeing. Plus, I love the embroidery and sleeves. www.johnnywas.com

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Watson Peasant Top by Johnny Was for $198.

 

 Irina Embroidered Peasant Blouse by BCBG 

Love the dark color of this blouse with the red embroidery and even the striped shorts. dhaasuproducts.com

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Irina Peasant Blouse by BCBG for $228.

 

Anthropologie’s Marari Top 

Another hit from Anthropologie, this one with colored tassels. www.anthropologie.com

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Marari Peasant Top by Anthropologie for $58.

12th St. By Cynthia Vincent

This top looks comfy enough to sleep in, with beautiful detail on the top. www.revolveclothing.com

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12th St. By Cynthia Vincent top for $182

12th St by Cynthia Vincent

While I’m not sure if this necessarily qualifes as a peasant top, I wanted to show a dressier fabric. www.revolveclothing.com

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12th St. By Cynthia Vincent in red for $72

 

Alice + Olivia Stance Sheer Overlay Blouse, $178

Again, I wanted to show a dressier option and loved the beige sheer beauty of this top by Alice + Olivia. www.neimanmarcus.com

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Alice + Olivia Stance Sheer Overlay Blouse, $178.

Happy shopping, and happy Friday!