As much as we wanted to think crop tops are just a passing phase, it looks like they are here to say (see the recent sartorial choices at the Teen Choice Awards). And lest you believe that pop stars (we're looking at you, Taylor Swift) or ladies who are a size two are the only ones who can pull them off, we're here to prove you wrong. Follow our real woman's guide to baring your midriff. We'll show you five brilliant ways to style them so you can rock this trend while looking chic and sophisticated.
1. Layer a Blazer on Top
With crop tops, we've learned that less (skin) is more. Even though blogger Gabi Fresh is curvy, she paired this crop top with an adorable shorts suit, showing off just a sliver of skin. This look is perfect for a weekend outing.
2. Look for Tops with Volume
If you're body conscious, choose a crop top that doesn't hug the body, so that the hem grazes the waistband of your bottom. Pair it with an A-line or pencil skirt, depending on your body type. You'll create a lovely silhouette without any effort. The look below is from Monique Lhuiller's resort collection, and this could work for a wedding or formal event.
3. Choose High-Waisted Bottoms
Even if you don't have six-pack abs, make crop tops work for you by choosing a skirt or pair of pants with a high waist. This will slim your hips, butt and thighs while also highlighting the thinnest part of your waist.
4. Choose Matching Separates
If you're especially nervous about rocking a crop top, this is the way to go. Wearing two pieces of matching fabric will create a cohesive look that doesn't draw attention to the skin you're baring around your midsection.
5. Try a High-Low Hem
This is another super flattering way to whittle your middle. Having a crop top that is higher in the front than the back will draw attention to the cascading hem, going away from your body, and not your belly.
-- Mara Betsch
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