The Real Girl's Guide To Wearing A Crop Top
The abbreviated number strikes fear into the hearts of many (including mine), but in the spirit of testing out every trend, I knew I couldn’t sit this one out. My mission? Find two ways to wear a crop top so that you feel confident without a second thought about hitting the gym. Read on for my tips on how to execute the look with ease, sans any sucking in.
Unless you have the abs of a Tracy Anderson or the self-confidence of a Tracy Flick, you might balk at the idea of wearing a crop top. But when paired with a high-waisted skirt or pants, the look feels a lot more approachable. If the sliver of skin still feels like too much, add a blazer on top so the window of visible stomach is even smaller. This way, the effect is almost more like a subtle cut-out, rather than baring your entire mid-section.
What I Wore: Nasty Gal Rapid Motion Bustier ($48); Loft Petite Matte Stretch Twill Open Blazer ($118) in Black; A.L.C. Striped Knit Campbell Skirt ($395, available in black and white); Guess Lamber Lucite Chunky Heel Slides ($110) in White Leather; Anya Hindmarch Duke Clutch ($1,995) in Shagreen In Clementine; Westward Leaning Wintermute N°10.5 Mirror Sunglasses ($210) in Shiny Black and Matte; Jennifer Fisher x Stop It Right Now Ring ($100) in Yellow Gold; Jennifer Fisher Oversized Curb Chain Cuff ($1,085); Jennifer Fisher Single Medium Safety Pin Earring ($400); Jennifer Fisher XL Double Nail Cuff ($1,230); Kathleeen Whitaker Small Dot Earring ($40).
When picking a bag, resist going for a matchy-matchy look, and try selecting a contrasting color to make your outfit feel more dynamic. Tip: to find the ideal shade, use a color wheel to locate the hue opposite one of the main colors in your outfit. For example, orange is across from blue and green, so I knew the tangerine clutch would pair well with my striped skirt.
For those who feel uncomfortable baring any part of their midsection, there’s an easy solution: layer a t-shirt underneath the bustier. The ‘90s-inspired look is perfect for a more casual ensemble and feels like a fashion-forward interpretation of the trend. Case in point: street style darling, Taylor Tomasi-Hill, is a fan of the styling trick.
What I Wore: Nasty Gal Rapid Motion Bustier ($48); Rag & Bone Genesis V-Neck ($125) in Bright White; Levi’s 501 Jeans ($122) in Slash; IRO Ashville Leather Biker Jacket ($1,274); Cole Haan Bowdin Small Backpack ($278) in Black; Belle by Sigerson Morrison Eris Mules ($225) in Black; Westward Leaning Mercury Seven N°3.3 Sunglasses ($210) in Aluminum; The 2Bandits North Star Ring ($98) in Antique Silver; Valentina Kova Sasha Glauka Necklace ($372) in Sterling Silver; Rue Gembon Paige Necklace ($45) in Silver.
If you haven’t heard, mules are totally having a moment. The best part? They pair just as well with slouchy denim in an off-duty outfit like the one I’m wearing, as they do with a polished midi skirt for the office.
A crop top plus a circle skirt make a particularly girly pairing. Finish the look with moto boots for a touch of edge.
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A halter-style top will lend a ‘90s vibe to your ensemble.
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High-waisted pencil skirts and cropped bra tops are a match made in style heaven.
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Go minimalist with a simple black crop top and high-waisted skirt.
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A sweater with a curved hem (short in front and longer on the sides) is a genius way to limit the section of visible midsection.
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For those who shy away from showing skin, opt for a crisp button-down underneath your top.
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