Searches for this perfect heatwave summer top style are up 5000%

The current heatwave can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on your take on hot weather. While it’s lovely to bask in the midday sun for a while, it can become almost unbearable when experienced for too long at once. 

Knowing how to dress for this weather is a challenge in itself; there are only so many floaty summer dresses you can covet, and it’s hard to look stylish while also remaining cool. Enter: the racerback vest, which has seen a mammoth 5000% increase in searches on shopping app LIKEtoKNOW.it. 

The data is unsurprising when considering the many ways you can wear a racerback vest. From cropped styles to full length ribbed tops and other floaty versions, the racerback is incredibly versatile, and can be paired with just about anything, from chic Bermuda shorts to high-waisted denim skirts and midi styles too. 

It can also be taken through to the cooler Autumn months to be layered with lightweight jackets and polos, making it a great year-round investment (and when we say investment, we’re only talking an initial minimal output spend anyway!). 

The humble racerback has really been having its time in the sun (no pun intended) on Instagram lately too, with some of the coolest influencers and fashion inspo accounts flooding our feeds with the cool vests. Content creators such as Anisa Sojka, Gemma Talbot, and Phoebe Gore have all been wearing theirs with pride, and showing off new, interesting ways to wear yours. 

Every woman needs a racerback vest (or two) in her summer wardrobe and luckily, the high street is absolutely full of them right now. Take a look at our edit of the best seven racerbacks available to buy now, from knitted styles to cropped silhouettes. 

7 of the best racerback vests from just £3.99:

Knit halter top, £12.99, Mango

Racer Cut Cotton Tank Top, £17, & other stories 

Ribbed Top, £3.99, Zara

Sleeveless Linen Mix Vest Top, £25, Cos

Dark Grey Racerback Ribbed Vest, £4.99, New Look

Topshop knitted racer vest in ivory, £15.99, ASOS

The Line By K Sophie stretch-jersey tank, £50, Net-A-Porter