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3 Ways to Rock a Crop

by Kate Franco on April 28, 2014 · 4 comments

What to wear with a crop top on #croptop #sfbloggerStumped on what to wear with a crop top? I was too. I’m too old, I thought. I’m too short, I thought. Just uttering the phrase “crop top” sent images of bad ’90s style buzzing through my brain. But in the end, I knew I had to try it; it feels a little daring, edgy, sexy. And I’ll be damned if it hasn’t become one of my favorite trends this season. Plus, I think I’ve figured out what to wear with a crop top to up the sophistication factor. My pro tips below!

1. Pair it with a high waisted skirt or pants.

Use a high waist to reign in the provacative nature of a crop top. Just a sliver of skin peeking through keeps the look feeling polished and grown up. It’s more like an elegant cutout than Carmen Electra circa Singled Out.

2. Add a jacket.

The extra coverage might make you feel a little more secure in your outfit choice. Also, in SF you can never go wrong with layers. Add a leather jacket to toughen it up!

3. Try layering.

A crisp button down under a crop top will add polish {and a nod to Clueless, in the best way}. Or, try a crop top over a maxi dress. That’s a super easy way to change up your look. The cool thing is that wearing a crop top doesn’t have to mean showing a ton of skin.

what to wear with a crop top

Additional Tips:

  • If you’re petite, try a crop top in a print with a matching bottom. The allover print will be elongating.
  • Balance it out! If you’re showing some skin up top, go for ultimate coverage below. Try a maxi skirt or palazzo pants on for size.

Think Twice About:

  • Low rise pants. Unless you really want to revisit the ’90s. My rule of thumb is: the lower the rise, the longer the crop.
  • Cutoffs. I’m all for rocking cutoffs and crop tops, don’t get me wrong. But be aware that this combo definitely skews younger {ahem, Miley Cyrus}. Maybe not quite as polished as the suggested looks above.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie / Charming City Style April 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Ok, you’ve inspired me. I’ve been thinking I’m too old, or too..maybe…not perfectly toned? But I love that picture of the long sleeve black and white stripes with the high wasted black pencil skirt. Still looks polished, and not too Miley-ish.


Kate Franco May 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

You can totally rock it out. Let me know if you post pics! xo.


Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie April 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Love these tips & adore your top look – Killer skirt!!


Kate Franco May 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Thanks lady! Hope to see you soon 🙂


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