how to wear a crop top tastefully

July 29th, 2013


See that, up there?  That is my unabashed hope that when people google, “how to wear a crop top tastefully,” they end up here.

Because if that’s what you’re googling, you’re my kind of people.

Truthfully, I like the crop top.  Depending on the time of the day/month/year, I have a decent stomach, and I don’t mind showing it off… a little. Because the line between a cute, on-trend crop top and a complete fashion disaster is… easy to cross.  When I was a silly naive college kid, I basically wore them once a week… now I look back at my old photos and wish I could remind my little teenager self to bring a sweater. 🙂

So here are a few of my tips for embracing this trend in a way that you won’t regret a few years down the line:

Do Not Bare (Too Much) Skin
If you’re going to take away one piece of advice, let it be this: crop tops and low-rise jeans together are almost uniformly sleazy looking.  If you’re going to be wearing a top that shows your stomach, stick to high-waisted skirts and pants.  You want to show a hint of skin — not your whole body!

Cover Your Legs
When you’re wearing a crop top, go for a full leg — no miniskirts or short-shorts!  A full, flowy maxi skirt takes this look into boho, and that’s exactly what you want.  Sleek, high-waisted pants could make it a little more urban and polished, but either way, people are looking at your outfit, not your body.

Bring a Jacket
Seriously!  No matter how great you feel putting on that top in the first place, there will be a point in the day or night when you want a little more coverage.  Grab a cute jean jacket (I’m obsessed with this one from Koral) or a cardigan, and you won’t end up worrying about your outfit all night!

So there you have it — what’s your crop-top advice?  I really do love them, but they’re definitely a challenge!  Fortunately, when it’s so hot in Texas, nobody really bats an eye at anything that keeps you cool.  So maybe that’s the solution — move to Texas! 

Gifted Koral denim jacket, Sabo Skirt crop top, gifted Chaps skirt (on sale now for $26!), gifted Alex and Ani bracelets.




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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Laura // Jul 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    I’m going to have to disagree with you on this one. I don’t think crop tops should be worn anywhere outside the beach. Inevitably no matter how thin someone is they’ll sit down and a little bit of fat will peak out which is just not attractive.
    Also as you’re on the smaller side up top you may not realize that those more well endowed also will likely look like let’s say a lady of the night.

  • 2 pedicure chair // Jul 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

    she look great,

  • 3 Britt // Jul 31, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I think you look fantastic. Your stomach is lovely and you should show it off more often. Thanks for the tips.

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  • 5 Maddy // Oct 18, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    I was disappointed by this article. It didn’t give me any real advice on how to rock a crop top in a truly tasteful way. You’re not going to look tasteful at all with bits of stomach hanging out. I was hoping this would show us a different take on wearing a crop top, and it didn’t. Your comments on it read like those in the magazines – it’s the same ideas. How can we wear one without showing stomach, period? How can we wear one during the cold seasons, where it’s too cold to have skin showing? It sucks being a bigger, curvier girl. I’m not super heavy by any means, either. I am 5’5 and just under 160lbs. I’m only 22 yrs old and I still like to shop in juniors, but I tend to go for misses/ladies when it comes to jeans and pants. I just like the trendiness of juniors tops, dresses, skirts, and outerwear. It’s difficult though because almost every store that I “like” has 70-80% crop tops, even in the fall. Summer time is the worst because there’s nothing but short shorts, mini skirts, and crop tops. In my opinion, fashion ought to be universal and there should be clothes available that any one of any size or shape can wear.. but there’s usually not. I’m not big enough to fit in plus size clothing, but yet too big to wear “normal” sized clothing. Where’s the happy medium? Most fashion tailors to a rail thin woman. Eventually, I become exhausted at my efforts of trying to be curvy and cute at the same time and I just wear a t-shirt and jeans all the time. Not attractive. Embarrassing. It is unfair. Fall/winter are my seasons because finally I can wear pants, cardigans, jackets, etc. and not feel like an idiot or have to fry in the heat. But as I said in the beginning, your article doesn’t really add anything new to the crop top trend. Sorry.

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  • 7 Pedicure Spa // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Nice color combination. You look very beautiful.

  • 8 Pedicure Chair // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I like that exact color you have on your dress.

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