A Real Girl's Guide To Crop Tops

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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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