A Real Girl's Guide To Crop Tops

Crop tops are the fashion equivalent of learning how to drive: it’s scary at first but with a little practice, you’ll feel confident enough to try it on your own. Rather than look to celebs like Diane Kruger or models with enviably toned tummies, we elicited the help of Karla Deras, the blogger and crop top-wearing champion behind Karla’s Closet.

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    Deras’ taut abs are no joke either, but she knows exactly how to flaunt a bare midriff in a tasteful, stylish, and wearable way even when you’re not on a red carpet or runway. Read on for her crop top commandments and five fail-proof ways of wearing the trend.

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    Date Night

    If you’re heading to dinner and drinks with your guy, a bandeau top is handy for amping up the flirtation factor. “A simple bandeau and body-hugging pencil skirt is the perfect date outfit,” Deras says. “Black bandeaus are so versatile and can pretty much be worn with anything.”

     

    She’s Wearing: Braza Comfy Tube Seamless Tube Top ($9); J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt In Dot Brocade ($148).
    Similar Essentials: American Apparel Ottoman Rib Tube Top ($22) in Black; ASOS Pencil Skirt with Blocking Panels ($15) in Blue/Black; Topshop Ratchet Block Strappy Heels ($100).

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    Girls' Night Out

    Don’t own a crop top? No problem! Just knot the front of a cotton tee and pair it with a high-waisted skirt for a night out with friends. “Usually whenever I can't find anything to wear, I knot one of my favorite t-shirts and slip into a pencil skirt,” Deras says.

     

    She’s Wearing: Super 49er Aviator Sunglasses ($319, available in Dark Green); American Apparel t-shirt; Kelly Wearstler skirt; Roman Luxe Python Enamel Kite Cocktail Ring ($60); Givenchy shoes.
    Similar Essentials: Topshop Basic Short Sleeve Crop Top ($10); A Wear Midi Check Print Tube Skirt ($20); New Look Pompeii Gladiator Heeled Sandals ($48).

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    Meeting

    If you work at a place with a relaxed dress code, or simply want to try a dressier crop top outfit, opt for more coverage with a long-sleeved top and high-waisted trousers. “The combination of a tiny tee and super high-waisted trousers works as an office look, if you ask me!” Deras says.

     

    She’s Wearing: Topshop Polo Neck Long Sleeve Crop ($12); Dolce & Gabbana pants; Balenciaga clutch; vintage jewelry.
    Similar Essentials: ASOS 90’s Crop Top with Long Sleeve ($17); Sass & Bide The Wind Blows Wide Leg Pant ($350).

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    Brunch

    For luxe, off-duty style--ideal for Sunday brunch--try a soft, slightly abbreviated pullover with low-slung pants. “This sweater is a little less cropped than the rest of my tops, so I wore it with slinky low-cut trousers to show a bit more skin,” Deras says.

     

    She’s Wearing: ASOS Cropped Rib Detail Sweater ($59) in Cream; Rebecca Taylor Pleated Trousers ($350); vintage jewelry.
    Similar Essentials: Topshop Knitted Fluffy Crop Jumper ($68) in Cream; T by Alexander Wang Shiny Crepe Peg Trousers ($110).

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    Errand Run

    “I love the idea of a short boxy tee paired with boyish cargo pants and heels,” Deras explains. Make this outfit your go-to weekend look on a hot summer’s day, when it’s totally appropriate to bare your bellybutton.

     

    She’s Wearing: Spitfire sunglasses; Topshop t-shirt; vintage cargo pants; Kimberly McDonald jewelry; Gucci Ursula Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals ($950).
    Similar Essentials: Vera Moda Crop Tee ($14); Zara Cargo Trousers With Pockets ($60); Jeffrey Campbell Blakely Heel in Grey Suede ($128).

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The Wind Blows Wide Leg Pant

The Wind Blows Wide Leg Pant

Sass & Bide, $350
SHOP
90's Crop Top with Long Sleeve

90's Crop Top with Long Sleeve

ASOS, $17
SHOP
Polo Neck Long Sleeve Crop

Polo Neck Long Sleeve Crop

Topshop, $12
SHOP
Shiny Crepe Peg Trousers

Shiny Crepe Peg Trousers

T by Alexander Wang, $110
SHOP
Knitted Fluffy Crop Jumper

Knitted Fluffy Crop Jumper

Topshop, $68
SHOP
Pleated Trousers

Pleated Trousers

Rebecca Taylor, $350
SHOP
Cropped Rib Detail Sweater

Cropped Rib Detail Sweater

ASOS, $59
SHOP
Ratchet Block Strappy Heels

Ratchet Block Strappy Heels

Topshop, $100
SHOP
Pencil Skirt with Blocking Panels

Pencil Skirt with Blocking Panels

ASOS, $15
SHOP
Ottoman Rib Tube Top

Ottoman Rib Tube Top

American Apparel, $22
SHOP
Comfy Tube Seamless Tube Top

Comfy Tube Seamless Tube Top

Braza, $9
SHOP
Pompeii Gladiator Heeled Sandals

Pompeii Gladiator Heeled Sandals

New Look, $48
SHOP
Midi Check Print Tube Skirt

Midi Check Print Tube Skirt

A Wear, $20
SHOP
Basic Short Sleeve Crop Top

Basic Short Sleeve Crop Top

Topshop, $10
SHOP
Python Enamel Kite Cocktail Ring

Python Enamel Kite Cocktail Ring

Roman Luxe, $60
SHOP
49er Aviator Sunglasses

49er Aviator Sunglasses

Super, $319
SHOP
Blakely Heel in Grey Suede

Blakely Heel in Grey Suede

Jeffrey Campbell, $128
SHOP
Cargo Trousers With Pockets

Cargo Trousers With Pockets

Zara, $60
SHOP
Crop Tee

Crop Tee

Vera Moda, $14
SHOP
Ursula Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals

Ursula Ankle-Strap High Heel Sandals

Gucci, $950
SHOP
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