Sorry for the lack of posting lately, I just returned today from a week and a half of white sand beaches. This vacation was well needed and I hope all you Americans celebrated the 4th of July in style. On my beach get-away, I noticed a style that kept popping up: crop tops! Crop tops are a major summer movement. Not only will they keep you totally cool in the summer heat, but they look really cool, too. Celebs all over the world are splurging on this style trend. My favorite places to buy crop tops are TopShop, Asos.com, Charlotte Russe, Forever21, and American Apparel. I also attached the do’s and don’t’s for first-time wearers. Let’s begin!
This season midriffs aren’t just for music festivals and the beach. For a polished look, pair an elbow-length top with a skirt that hits below the knee and ankle-strap heels. This leather skirt adds a more masculine touch, but the pastel extras help enhance the style. This high skirt will ensure that your tummy won’t be revealed to the world.
Dress-up slouchy denim with a loosely-knotted silk blouse and a pair of sexy stilettos. The tie allows you to decide how much of your stomach you want to expose before heading out of the house. If you don’t want to wear stilettos, then throw on some peachy wedges or studded sandals to add a beachy glow.
When wearing frayed or ripped shorts, pick a long-sleeve, lightweight cropped sweater to avoid exposing too much skin. Add some extra height by swapping out worn kicks or sandals for a wedge sneaker. This sweater is very unique because it offers a different crop with it being cropped in the front and longer in the back.
Balance out a super skin-flasher with a demure pencil skirt: Look for one that extends past the knee and a few inches above the belly button. Finish it off with a cut-out sandal. This look is much the first, but the pencil skirt is more fitted. Not so fitted that you will be squeezed to death, though.
Those nervous about showing any skin should pair a crop with high-waisted pants. The casual, slouchy feel of these pieces is easy to dress up with a classic pump. High-waisted jeans will also comply with this look. Wearing a printed cropped top, high-waisted pants, and the classic pump will add spunk to any occasion.
A playful flared skirt with a stretchy waist is perfect for customizing: Wear it above or at your natural waist to show as much skin as you’d like. Match with a simple tank and patterned pumps. Being one of my most beloved and worn looks, a circle skirt, flared, or even a maxi skirt bring a pretty touch to accompany the crop top.
Shy dressers can play around with the look by layering a stomach-flasher under a pair of on-trend short overalls. Keep the look pulled-together with a pair of crisp ankle boots. Overalls seem to be worn by more than ranchers these days. This look pulls a romper-isc feel, with the crop top style.
And now for the do’s and don’t’s of wearing a crop top:
DO: Rock crop tops with high-waisted bottoms. A crop top paired with high-waisted anything is the perfect outfit for summer. High-waisted bottoms balance out the outfit and allow you to show some skin without being naked. Mid-riffs are typically the slimmest part on a woman’s body which means this outfit combination is more flattering than you might think.
DON’T: Bras are not crop tops. They’re just not. Enough said.
DO: Wear crop tops to the beach, dinner with your boyfriend, or a night out on the town. When you find the perfect crop top, you’ll want to wear it everywhere. For the beach, keep it light-weight and paired with shorts. For a date, keep it classy with a sweet-heart crop and printed pants. For a girls-night, embrace your sexy side and bring out the skirts.
DON’T: Wear crop tops to work. Unless you want to get fired.
DO: Be confident. As a self-proclaimed fashionista, my favorite accessory for any outfit is confidence.