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The Crop Top – A Style Do or Don’t?

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Remember as a teen when one of your parents made a comment similar to Cher’s dad in Clueless along the lines of ‘Are you really going out wearing that!?’ Suddenly, a decade or more later you’re hearing that same little voice – only this time it’s your own, instead of mom’s. Welcome to the world and uncertainty of styling crop tops. Teenie boppers at Coachella and models in fashion mags make this 90’s trend revival look so simple and carefree, but it’s not the case.

Keeping the look simple, monochromatic in all-black, sucking-in, and showing just a sliver of skin helped me brave this trend. Blazers, pencil skirts or paired with high waisted trousers help too. And don’t forget a strategically placed clutch can work wonders when it comes time for the ‘group photo’ at a dinner party. If you’re wearing a cut-out dress or crop top; prevent an ‘un-tag‘ with the proper purse placement I’ll demonstrate below. Here’s my first attempt styling a crop top on our last evening in Venice closing out the post with my #1 crop-top wearing tip to spice up a look

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DSC04533<DETAILS by Dale> skirt & heels ~ Zara, top ~ H&M, nails ~ Sinful Colors, clutch (old) ~ TJMaxx, ring ℅ Splenderosa 

My top tip for revealing a sliver of midriff in the middle of February is to add a bit of color. A tan stomach will make you feel slimmer whether anyone is seeing it or not. My absolute favorite self tanner because it’s so fast to apply with a mit that’s included, and the color is natural and easy to build on is Fake Bake.  I’ve used it for years and will be doing a giveaway with their new travel kit next month. Although styling crop tops isn’t exactly black and white, the best way to camouflage the grey area is with a great self-tan. I don’t see myself wearing one again any time soon. Do you think crop tops are a trend that should have stayed in the 90’s?

~xoDale

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  1. Such a perfect way to wear crop top! I love it. ♥ xx

  2. I think you look gorgeous and chic in your black crop top. I will be passing this trend but I like it on you!
    Venice is such a magical place. Looks like you are having a fantastic time!
    xo, Adrienne

  3. your photos are stunning! the cropped top is tricky, and i think you did it the audrey hepburn, chic way. unfortunately that isn’t the case with everyone. so i suppose the answer to the title’s question is both yes and no 🙂

  4. Dale you look really good it but I get that it isn’t comfortable like it was when we were younger… I think it not the easiest look to pull off but you are able too… 🙂

  5. I love cropped top! I’m glad it’s making a come back now. I’ve seen so many version of it lately. I’m targeting a leather cropped top. You styled it so well with a leather skirt =D
    Your tip on using clutch to cover unnecessary bulge is a great idea! =D

  6. I think this can be a chic look if worn properly:) It’s crazy that this look is coming back in style. I was all over the crop when I was younger! Anyway, you look so cute in this Dale and very savvy. I like the way you’ve paired it with the pencil skit. It’s also a tailored top ..not a cut off look so that adds a more sophisticated feel. Hope your week is off to a good start! xxL

  7. Personally I love the crop top if done right, gorgeous photos btw and you’ve pulled off the trend perfectly!

    JUSTADDCAKE

  8. I love the way you styled this crop! Classy and sassy!
    xx,
    Kristi

    http://www.currentlycrushing.com

  9. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A. says:

    Total do! You look phenomenal. You’re making me miss Venice 🙁

  10. DO! especially on someone as amazing as you dale!! i love your outfit.. your crop top is very “discreet”.. i think it’s def a do when it’s just a tiny sliver of stomach w/ a pencil skirt and your leather one is fab! you look amaze and omgosh i can’t wait t visit venice!!

    http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com

  11. If you have the body for it, then go for it! You definitely do Dale! Plus it’s not so high that you’re seeing all of the other assets 😉 HaHaHa Love your leather skirt and those shoes are sharp.

    Check your spam folder. I commented on all your other posts but don’t see the comments. Maybe it’s because I left my link. Not sure.

  12. Oh but this 50s style cropped look is awesome. I love how you put this together and Venice is cool city. Next time check out Verona its sister city without the water but way more beautiful and the home of Romeo and Juliet 🙂

  13. I think they look lovely x

  14. I think you look amazing in a crop top but I’ll probably never wear one just because I hate showing my stomach even when it’s flat, lol. But, again you look amazing in yours and love the gorgeous backdrops!

    xo Mary Jo
    http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

  15. I couldn’t pull it off, but I love the crop top on you! You look gorgeous!

  16. I must admit I wasn’t a big fan of the cropped top before, but I really like it now. I think it always adds a little sexiness to an outfit. And a tanned stomach always helps:D

  17. and do it before it’s too late! You pulled it off flawlessly. The backdrop of Venice didn’t hurt the photo either! I was just there last October. Isn’t it insanely beautiful. Thanks for stopping by today and commenting. We really appreciate the good vibes. I’ll keep coming back to see you! How lucky to live in Switzerland! what a dream. xo Nancy

  18. A crop top is a do if it’s styled properly like you did so fabulously here Dale!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  19. Love the black on black! These photos are beautiful and those shoes are amazingggg!!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  20. I think you have shown the absolute best way to wear a crop top. You look amazing.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  21. I have only worn a crop top with layering or with my shorts last season. But, I love it here as you’ve worn it with a pencil skirt and your bright pink manicure as well. You look gorgeous! xx/Madison

  22. Definitely a style DO! I LOVE cropped tops, I wear them almost every day >< Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am your newest follower on google+! keep in touch<3

  23. It’s not always easy to style a crop top. I have a lot of trouble with it, but I love the way you’re wearing it ! I have to try wearing it with a pencil skirt.

  24. Beautiful style, love all your outfits, looks so elegant.

  25. you look awesome in crop top! very cool and the scenery is charming

  26. Stunning pictures! I might give the crop top style a go…if I managed to lose my mummy tummy after delivery. LOL! 🙂

  27. I am definitely not a crop top person but you look gorgeous! It looks so classy on you. Very jealous of your background – the photos are stunning!

    kstormfashionblog.wordpress.com

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