Cream of the Crop… Tops

I have been dreaming of this trend for quite some time now. It’s having a major moment and it’s one of my favorite things: the cropped top! Times when my over-sized t-shirt isn’t quite covering the bottom of my pregnant belly notwithstanding, I am missing this fabulous trend and couldn’t be more upset by it. (#fashiongirlproblems) This post will serve as my dip into mid-drift pool this season and my fingers are crossed that it sticks around until next spring when hopefully, I’ll be able to partake!

I had a long conversation with a friend of mine recently about our love of crop tops. I had to basically plead with her not to cut a perfectly good shirt because there are so many affordable options. (Check them all out, with their price tags, below.) I focused on a few of my favorite styles: casual, lace, tied, and tribal.

There are two keys to rocking a cropped top, no matter which style you choose and they are:

1. Don’t show too much skin.

2. Don’t wear a skin tight crop top.

You know the old saying about how your clothes should be tight enough to show you are a woman, but loose enough to show you are a lady? Well, that applies here especially. You don’t want to look like you’re in a swim top. The crop tops that I prefer cover the whole stomach unless you raise your arms. If anything, just a small sliver of skin should peek through. No more. If the top you’ve chosen shows a little more, fine. Pair it with a fab high-waisted skirt, palazzo pants, or shorts. The high waist and the crop top combination is so effortlessly vintage, yet still fun and flirty. (Love it!)

If you like the look of a tight crop top, be mindful that it must be long. If it’s too short, you look like you’re in a sporty swimsuit top and that is not a good look. Definitely pair these with something more flowy on the bottom.

Are you noticing a trend here?

That’s right. You want to pair your top with something in a different style on bottom. This helps give you a more dynamic look and prevents you from looking like you are in costume. Let me break it down for you:

  • Casual crop top? Fitted pencil skirt. Floral/printed maxi skirt. Heels or boots, depending on time of day.
  • Lace crop top? Pencil skirt. Casual shorts. High-waisted palazzo pants. Platform wedge heels.
  • Tied crop top? Skinnies,. Leggings. Flowy midi-skirt. Flats. (No shorts. You’ll look like Maryanne from Gilligan’s Island.)
  • Tribal crop top? Maxi skirt. High-waisted palazzo pants. Leggings. Gladiator sandals.

Now, go rock your cropped tops and be sure you tell me how you’re wearing them. I’ll live vicariously through you!

Cream of the Crop

Rachel Comey crop top

Yellow shirt

Miss Selfridge crop top

White crop top
$23 –

Monki crop top
$34 –

Crochet top

White crop top

Chiffon top

Monki crop top
$20 –

Crop top

Red crop top

Sleeveless shirt

Mens Larissa Cami Womens

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