The Surprisingly Flattering Red Carpet Trend Everyone Is Wearing

The crop top is proving to be quite the adroit social climber. Last season, it was keeping company with rough-and-tumble biker jackets and battered boyfriend jeans. Now it's the new red carpet darling — a favorite among stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Bosworth, and Nicole Richie.

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    Of course, as with any gritty-to-glam story, this one involved a makeover. Gone are the body-con silhouettes of spring; now it’s all about luxe fabrics and a more forgiving box cut. With the holiday party circuit just around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to test drive the trend. Find inspiration in a roundup of celeb looks before browsing a selection of pieces we’ve oh-so-thoughtfully styled within the context of complete outfits. All that’s left for you to do is shop ‘til you crop, err, drop.

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    Hanneli Mustaparta

    At the New York premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, the model/blogger was a vision in ruffled Dior.

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    PHOTO: Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage

    Kasia Smutniak

    The actress stunned in a matching set by Polish label, La Mania, at the opening ceremony for the 8th annual Rome Film Festival in Italy earlier this month.

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    PHOTO: Donato Sardella/WireImage

    Suki Waterhouse

    The model donned sherbet-hued separates from Emilia Wickstead’s S/S 14 collection to the British Fashion Council and Stylebop.com cocktail party hosted by Poppy Delevigne in Los Angeles earlier this month.

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    PHOTO: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

    Lauren Santo Domingo

    For the MOMA Film Benefit presented by Chanel, the Moda Operandi Co-Founder opted for a Rosie Assoulin S/S 14 look that landed her on many a best-dressed list.

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    PHOTO: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Los Angeles Confidential

    Zoe Saldana

    The actress paired a Monique Lhuillier S/S 14 top and skirt with Jamie Wolf earrings and a Dana Rebecca Designs cuff for the 7th Annual Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards in Los Angeles.

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    PHOTO: JB Lacroix/WireImage

    Kate Bosworth

    The actress wore an Alexander McQueen Resort 14 Pocket Crop Top ($820) and Skirt ($1045), both available in stores in December, to the Homefront press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills this week.

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    PHOTO: Fotonoticias/FilmMagic

    Jennifer Lawrence

    The Oscar winner shone in a cobalt blue Alexander McQueen S/S 14 number and Jimmy Choo Daiquiri Pumps ($895) at the photocall for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Madrid last week.

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    PHOTO: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

    Nicole Richie

    Richie arrived at the 2nd Annual Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles earlier this month in a colorful ensemble from the Alberta Ferretti S/S 14 collection, which she accessorized with a House of Harlow 1960 Wynn Clutch ($158).

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    A Touch Of Leather

    CREDITS:
    Arme De L’Amour Gold Plated Chevron Ring ($210)

    MSGM Optical Print Circle Skirt ($480)

    River Island Barely There Red Heeled Sandals ($80)

    Tibi Leather Cropped Top ($498)

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    Silver Linings Playbook

    CREDITS:
    Pamela Love Dagger Earrings ($270)

    Raquel Allegra Tie-Dyed Silk Maxi Skirt ($405)

    T By Alexander Wang Cropped Turtleneck Sweater ($225)

    Aldo Baulch Shoes ($55) in Med. Silver

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    X Marks The Spot

    CREDITS:
    Nasty Gal Crystal Glimmer Clutch ($50) in Gray

    Kenzo Pleated Crepe Pants ($639)

    Zara Crop Top ($70) in Gray

    Mango Suede And Vinyl Stiletto Shoes ($130) in Black

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    All That Glitters

    CREDITS:
    Sophie Hulme Textured-Leather and Brass Box Clutch ($430)

    Creatures of Comfort Pia Skirt Foil ($360) in Gold

    Creatures of Comfort Nanette Foil Top ($255) in Gold

    Topshop Rustle Suede Strappy Sandals ($96)

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    Crimson Tide

    CREDITS:
    Acne Studios Frame Boucle Top ($450) in Crimson Red

    Zara Synthetic Leather Pencil Skirt ($60) in Black

    H&M Spiral Ring ($6) in Silver

    Proenza Schouler Black & White Leather Sandals ($795)

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Mango Suede And Vinyl Stiletto Shoes

Mango Suede And Vinyl Stiletto Shoes

Mango, $130
SHOP
Kenzo Pleated Crepe Pants

Kenzo Pleated Crepe Pants

Kenzo, $639
SHOP
Tibi Leather Cropped Top

Tibi Leather Cropped Top

Tibi L, $498
SHOP
Arme De L'Amour Gold Plated Chevron Ring

Arme De L'Amour Gold Plated Chevron Ring

Arme De L’Amour, $210
SHOP
River Island Barely There Red Heeled Sandals

River Island Barely There Red Heeled Sandals

River Island, $80
SHOP
Nasty Gal Crystal Glimmer Clutch

Nasty Gal Crystal Glimmer Clutch

Nasty Gal, $50
SHOP
MSGM Optical Print Circle Skirt

MSGM Optical Print Circle Skirt

MSGM, $480
SHOP
Zara Crop Top

Zara Crop Top

Zara, $70
SHOP
Pamela Love Dagger Earrings

Pamela Love Dagger Earrings

Pamela Love, $270
SHOP
Aldo Baulch Shoes

Aldo Baulch Shoes

Aldo, $55
SHOP
Creatures of Comfort Pia Skirt Foil

Creatures of Comfort Pia Skirt Foil

Creatures of Comfort, $360
SHOP
Topshop Rustle Suede Strappy Sandals

Topshop Rustle Suede Strappy Sandals

Topshop, $96
SHOP
Creatures of Comfort Nanette Foil Top

Creatures of Comfort Nanette Foil Top

Creatures of Comfort, $255
SHOP
Sophie Hulme Textured-Leather and Brass Box Clutch

Sophie Hulme Textured-Leather and Brass Box Clutch

Sophie Hulme, $430
SHOP
T By Alexander Wang Cropped Turtleneck Sweater

T By Alexander Wang Cropped Turtleneck Sweater

T By Alexander Wang, $225
SHOP
Raquel Allegra Tie-Dyed Silk Maxi Skirt

Raquel Allegra Tie-Dyed Silk Maxi Skirt

Raquel Allegra, $405
SHOP
H&M Spiral Ring

H&M Spiral Ring

H&M, $6
SHOP
Proenza Schouler Black & White Leather Sandals

Proenza Schouler Black & White Leather Sandals

Proenza Schouler, $795
SHOP
Zara Synthetic Leather Pencil Skirt

Zara Synthetic Leather Pencil Skirt

Zara, $60
SHOP
Acne Studios Frame Boucle Top

Acne Studios Frame Boucle Top

Acne Studios, $450
SHOP
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