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Fashion is in a state of proportion distortion. Long tops are layered over wide-leg pants and maxi dresses have been relieved of any kind of waist definition in favor of an extra-long sack silhouette. It's all being billed as "relaxed" and "easy," but it's kind of intimidating coming off of years of skater dresses, circle skirts, and other hourglass-enhancing shapes.
Enter the side-split top, a simple gateway to longer, more voluminous silhouettes. The open sides create an effect that winds up skimming the body, whether it's to the hip or the calf, and can be layered over just about anything.
All of the fast fashion brands have caught on to the style—they're so quick like that—so you can pick up one of these babies for darn cheap, too. Here we have 12 of the best takes on the side-split top, from a hippie dippie linen tunic to a sleek, minimal style with slim sleeves and a clean crewneck. Shop 'em all in the gallery above.