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…
<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?