A Real Girl's Guide To Crop Tops

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.

Date Night


Karla's Closet

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).

Girls' Night Out


Karla's Closet

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 favourite 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).

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 jewellery.
Similar Essentials: ASOS 90’s Crop Top with Long Sleeve ($17); Sass & Bide The Wind Blows Wide Leg Pant ($350).

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 jewellery.
Similar Essentials: Topshop Knitted Fluffy Crop Jumper ($68) in Cream; T by Alexander Wang Shiny Crepe Peg Trousers ($110).

Errand Run


Karla's Closet

“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 jewellery; 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).