All In The Details

Maxi dresses and skirts have been a fad for the past couple of years. Styling them can be difficult; I tend to stick with plain, solid colored crop tops and a statement necklace. There are some Fashionistas that can pull off graphic tees with maxi skirts and others that can do a tank tucked into it; I, unfortunately, have never been one of them. A longer crop top with a crocheted element is something that is completely new to me, but this Fashionista looked so effortlessly chic that I can’t wait to try the look myself.

Crop tops can be an iffy choice; it’s hard to find the balance between just enough and too much skin showing. The crochet at the bottom of this Fashionista’s top is the perfect in between; the length of the cotton portion of her crop top is fairly short, but the crochet detail at the bottom covers most of her midriff. The loose stitching of the crochet shows just enough skin to keep the look both classy and contemporary.

This Fashionista got each detail of her outfit from the Silver Spider downtown, but I found great options online as well. Urban Outfitters has a simple, tight fitting crop top that has enough crochet at the bottom to make the top hit just a few inches above your belly button. Maxi skirts are easy to find; I tend to stick with black because it’s a little more versatile, like this one from H&M. This Fashionista was carrying a boldly printed backpack instead of a purse. The boho vibe that you get with a maxi skirt is best topped off with a similarly styled bag, which this Fashionista did perfectly. This backpack from Urban Outfitters would be a great pattern with not just a maxi, but also a variety of different outfits. If backpacks aren’t your style, try this purse instead, also from Urban Outfitters. The subtle colors of these bags are not only cute, but incredibly versatile.

How To: Maxis aren’t for everyone, particularly not shorter Fashionistas. While it can be done, at 5’2”, it took me a while to embrace the style. If you’re not a huge fan of them, swap the skirt out for high-waisted shorts or pants. The look remains chic and casual. A long sleeve crop top with crochet detailing at the bottom would look great with high-waisted bottoms, like this one from NASTY GAL. Whatever bottom you choose, a crop top with crocheted elements will sure to be a staple piece for the rest of this summer.


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