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Outfit Inspiration: Classy Ways to Wear Crop Tops

September 17, 2014

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The esteemed crop top: a trend that just won’t go away. Instead of banishing midriff-baring tops back to the ‘90s along with choker necklaces and windbreaker jackets, designers continue to embrace the look, reinventing it with each passing fashion season. If the Chanel fall 2014 runway featured a crop top, then you know it’s still a hot ticket item.

I’ve never worn a crop top until this past summer. Why? The look doesn’t always necessarily read as classy. I’m not a teenager rocking out at Coachella, after all. Fortunately, there are so many elegant and “grown up” ways to flaunt the crop top. The key is proportion.

3 Classy Ways to Wear Crop Tops

1. Matching Sets. For an extremely chic way to wear crop tops, invest in a matching set. These sets include a bottom and a cropped top in the same print, which creates the illusion of a more uniform appearance. An outfit like this shows off a slice of skin, but still looks pulled-together and polished. Find a matching full-length midi skirt and crop top in a luxurious fabric for a look that’s fit for a formal occasion.

2. High-Waist Pants. Because crop tops expose some skin on the upper-half of your body, it’s best to balance out the look and pair the trendy item with a more modest bottom. Pants with high waists perfectly complement skimpier tops. Pair your crop with a wide leg dress pant or some high-rise jeans.

3. Midi Skirts. Perhaps the most feminine and sophisticated way to wear crop tops is to pair them with midi skirts. A skirt with a long hemline paired with a short top make the perfect couple. The silhouette is sweet, and the proportion is well-balanced. For my birthday in Newport earlier this month, I paired a white crop top with a bright red midi skirt. Here’s my look:

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Skirt, Asos; Crop Top, ASOS; Bag, Kate Spade.

Try these combinations to give the crop top some class! What are you favorite ways to wear crop tops?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Fashion Week + Rethinking the All Black OutfitThe Sweet Seed November 14, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    […] something unexpected. I paired a black, long-sleeved crop top with a navy blue midi skirt. I wore a similar look for my birthday earlier this September, but this outfit’s color palette is more appropriate […]

  • Reply Valentine's Day Look + Color CrushThe Sweet Seed February 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    […] my Valentine’s Day look, I tucked a baby pink cashmere sweater into my favorite red midi-skirt. To add an extra dose of cheerfulness, I topped off the ensemble with a purple suede coat. […]

  • Reply Kayla May 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Hey, came across your photo here for the Crop Top and used it as a guide for people to dress classier with crop tops! Anywho just wanted to let you know you hit the nail on thee head and it doesn’t seem to many other people are on the right track with this trend.

    Great blog btw!

  • Reply Top Summer Fashion TrendsThe Sweet Seed July 19, 2017 at 12:53 am

    […] for a wardrobe update. What are some up-and-coming trends? Of course, certain style staples (think crop tops, mini skirts, and maxis) always make an appearance when the sun comes out of hiding. This season […]

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