Especially during the hot summer months, we’re constantly on the hunt for those outfit additions that look chic while keeping us cool during the most intense of heat waves. As such, the crop top has quickly become an essential—a nonnegotiable when it comes to building our summertime wardrobe every year. With its skin-baring silhouette, though, it can be quite daunting to style. However, when styled with high-waisted trousers, topped with blazers, and mixed with elegant pieces like midi skirts and suiting separates, styling the crop top is easy and fun.
We’re taking a cue from the 20 stylish street style stars below when seeking new and fresh ways to style our crop tops this summer. We’re investing in more head-turning silhouettes when it comes to the piece itself, turning our off-duty denim looks into cocktail party–ready attire; we’ve raised the hem on our most classic of white T-shirts, allowing for the reveal of a tiny sliver of skin above a midi skirt instead of tucking in a longer style; and we’re going full crop with a bralette, giving our buttoned-up suiting a daring and flirty twist.
Get inspired with all that and more just in time for summer.
If you’re not into showing a ton of skin, try layering a crop top or bralette over a T-shirt.
Instead of a full-blown dress, consider a matching set that looks like your favorite one-piece but shows a little more skin for summer.
Infuse some youth into a pair of trousers and leather jacket by opting for a cropped top instead of a tucked-in blouse or sweater.
Go cropped without baring it all by covering up a little more than is normal with the top style. A pair of overalls is a great way to do so.
Infuse some sophisticated appeal into a casual look by layering a lace crop top underneath an oversize blazer.
There’s no pairing that’s better than loose, high-waisted pants and a boxier cropped sweater. While the seams perfectly meet at some points, you’ll be able to show a little skin as you move around.
Go whimsical with bright colors and patterns. If you’re going to rock a crop top with confidence, why not go all-out?
Layer like a pro with a cropped top and bralette over the top. With a leather jacket as a third piece on top, your multidimensional look is sure to turn heads.
Keep it classic with a tank and a midi skirt. With a look as elegant as this one, try out a slim-fit crop top instead of a tucked-in silhouette this summer.
Make a midi skirt a little more casual with a cropped long-sleeved tee on top. We love shapes that are a little boxy for this one as a nice contrast to the more tailored bottom.
If you’re beach bound, now is the time to try out this skin-baring trend. Have fun with bright colors and prints, seeking a camisole that truly screams summer.
Even when wearing your favorite tailored look of jeans and a blazer, allow your torso to see a little more sun than normal by grabbing a cropped tee.
Turn any button-down top into a cropped one by tying it at your chest. Consider having a little more fun with your look by mixing prints and colors.
Seeking out the cropped top look, but don’t have one in your closet already? Consider turning a scarf into the style!
Nothing looks more effortless than a boxy woven cami that shows just the slightest amount of skin right above your high-waisted jeans.
When cropping your athleisure look, don’t feel as though you have to go for an equally sporty top. Try out a more elegant silhouette paired with sweatpants.
Edgy and sweet, one of our favorite crop top looks is a high-waisted skirt and a simple black tank. Top it with a leather jacket and you’re good to go.
Wrap up in a matching set, perfect for the city and beach alike. Try it out with anything from sneakers to heels, depending on where you’re headed.
Add a little je ne sais quoi with a skin-baring top when opting for a tailored suiting look. Consider one with a bow or knotted front for added appeal.
We’ve never met a statement top and jeans look we didn’t love and cropped silhouettes are no exception.
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Whether you’re all about the skin-baring look or you’re simply dipping your toe into the trend, consider going cropped this summer.