We may be careening toward Labor Day, but crop-top season is still in full swing. That said, those midriff-baring shirts can (and perhaps should) eventually be styled with something other than high-waisted denim cutoffs, especially as the sun starts to go down earlier and nighttime brings cooler temps.
As fall approaches, take a cue from celebrities and fashion types like Kaia Gerber, Emma Roberts, and Chriselle Lim, and pair skimpier tops with wide-leg pants, jackets, and jeans. The proportions are easy for a wide variety of body types to pull off, and a little layering lets you control how much skin you show throughout the day.
Below, see eight transitional ways to wear the look, and shop our favorite crop tops of the moment.
On Chriselle Lim: Chanel outfit; Roberi & Fraud Black Doris Sunglasses ($195).
For the daring dresser, this look is chic enough for a dinner party (the mini specs are an especially cool touch).
The warm color palette and ribbed knit fabric would look great under a denim jacket, too.
On Bella Hadid: Alice + Olivia jeans.
So much yes to this Dazed & Confused–worthy outfit (including the unexpected open oxford shirt worn on top).
Who: Karrueche Tran
The cream-and-beige palette and simple accessories make this look especially sophisticated.
This ensemble screams "cool teen," but it could also easily be worn by those a decade or two older (just pull those beat-up Docs out of the back of your closet).
On Emily Ratajkowski: Balenciaga booties.
Streamline an asymmetrical top with black skinnies and sleek pointed boots.
On Winnie Harlow: Dior outfit.
Lean in to the underwear-as-outerwear look with high-waisted briefs and a matching bandeau under baggy pants and a slouchy jacket.
For a weekend outfit that'll have you out the door in five minutes flat, pair a baby tee with white jeans, sneakers, and a denim jacket around your waist.
Play up the femininity of the floral print with a full skirt, or tamp it down with high-waisted jeans.
We're not ready to give up our gingham obsession quite yet.
It's all about the dramatic sleeves.
The embroidered collar is a sweet touch.
Wear this on your next vacation, or in the city with breezy culottes.
Of course Everlane's version is as wearable as can be.
This looks like a killer vintage find—but isn't so fragile you'll be scared to wear it.
Embrace the sportiness of the piping by wearing this with tapered track pants.
This is it: your new favorite date-night top.
The perfect length for high-waisted skirts (and with cool floral appliqués, too).
Just the right amount of extra.
Super sleek with wide-leg pants and heels.