5.22.2013

Classy Crop Tops

First let me say, I really really wanted to hate the return of the cropped top, but I can't deny it any longer - I LOVE IT!! The crop top has gone classy!

The key to keeping crop tops classy rather than trashy, is pairing them with more modest and ladylike pieces - think high waisted pants, midi skirts, suits and pretty patterns. Also, just showing a few inches above your belly button is a welcome update to the Pretty Woman-esque looks of the early 90s (unless of course you're as effortlessly cool as blondie, below in the black and white striped skirt).  

crop top street style
Black and white takes on an entirely new shade of sassy when it shows just a peak of a toned tummy. Bring in a pop of color with an oversized clutch or peep toe pumps to offset the unexpected flash of stomach skin. 
Get the look: Black & White Cropped Top + White Pencil Skirt + Oversized Cobalt Clutch

cropped top street style


Instead of showing off your cleavage think about paying respect to all those pilates classes, and pairing a sophisticated cropped blouse with high waisted pants. Keep it casual with easy fitting silk pants and sophisticated sandals or mean business by pairing a cropped blouse with a suit.
Get the look: Sleeveless Cropped Top + Printed Pants + Boyfriend BlazerSophisticated Flat Sandals

crop top and skirt


And finally, if you've been wondering what to wear with a midi skirt? Look no further. A sweet cropped blouse and a below the knee skirt (full or pencil cut) is a fresh way to stay cool this summer. 
Get the look: Floral Print Midi Skirt  + Embellished Crop Top + Colorblock Carryall

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21 comments:

  1. I just picked up a crop top from American Apparel. I can't wait to pair it with a skirt!

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  2. Love all of these inspiration images! I'm still a bit hesitant to rock the crop top, but you've inspired me!

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  3. Crop tops are gorgeous especially with midi-skirts.
    Cute post : )

    xo,
    Cindi
    Breakfast at Cindi’s

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  4. I love crop tops- especially with high-waisted shorts or skirts!

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  5. For some reason the crop top feels less trashy and more ladylike this time around. I love these inspiration pictures!

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  6. Ugh.. I so wish I could pull this look off.... Le sigh!
    xo,
    Lindsey

    www.caviartaste.com

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  7. Just found your blog :)
    I agree -- midi skirt totally classes them up. The bottom left is my fav

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  8. Is the cropped style in again? Too bad I don't have the abs for it anymore :O( Lovely inspiration though. Liking the midi skirts.
    When you get a chance, please take a look at my beauty and skin care blog, or drop by my blog about Casual Chic Fashion. Have a great day!

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  9. I'm with you - I was not into this trend for the longest time, but now I keep seeing outfits like this and I'm starting to fall in love! It really doesn't come across trashy or showy when done properly!

    xo
    www.fitfashionista.com

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  10. I love it yet I hate it at the same time. I love it when it's done right - and I hate that I can't wear it!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm obsessed with this look and if you get the right proportions for your body, I think it can be so flattering! Well..on the super brave. That last look is one of my faves and my inspiration for the look. I also love that little Tucker top! xoox

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  12. I'm so glad it's back too!
    The turtleneck crop top is on my wish list :)

    <3 Emi
    www.silverandlemon.com

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  13. I'm with you there! But I too couldn't help but fall in love. I think they look best teamed with high waisted bottoms, anything else kinda looks tacky for me

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  14. they do have the body for it!!! xo, ALma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

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  15. Absolutely in love with crop tops. But it's not that easy to wear them...

    xo

    www.whosthechic.blogspot.com

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  16. Such great inspiration! I know that these are trending but I think that in order to feel confident I would have to hold plank pose for a good few hours! ha ha :)

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  17. I love all of these, especially the navy blue cropped shirt and the black cropped polo neck. Maybe I need to get to the gym to wear one of these though...

    http://totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. I have to agree, there is nothing better than a crop with a midi! I love the polka dot on polka dot look!

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

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  19. I love this post! Styling a crop top in a classy and elegant way is beautiful!

    If you get a sec, please check out my latest post 'Orange Dream' Thank you :)

    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  20. They look classy indeed, love the longer skirts!
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.com

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  21. I love the cropped top on others. I just can't picture myself pulling it off.

    An
    www.thestylerx.com

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xo,
Chelsea