Everyone has had (and seen) their fair share of maxi dresses and cropped tops since their rebirth in the 2000s, right? I mean in order to call yourself a Fashionista you must own at least one of each! Personally, my favorite way to wear the two is together. Throughout fall and winter I had been perfecting another one of my go-to, no-brainer outfits: simple black maxi dress with sheer overlay and cropped long sleeve knit sweater (there is nothing better than a two-step getting ready process!). But as soon as spring began, and temperatures started to flare, I had to tweak my uniform just a bit. So I hung up my favorite knit sweater for my cropped Nirvana T-shirt, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made so far in my fashionable life (because now I won’t sweat to death in my knit sweater).
Needless to say, I was glad to see this Fashionista sharing my sentiment for the maxi dress and cropped top outfit. Wearing a swanky striped cotton maxi dress (with a fishtail-like train) and a knotted Beatles shirt, she looked every bit the part of comfortable rock star-bohemian. Completing this Fashionista’s look was a vintage crocodile-embossed briefcase and turquoise, brass and silver ring-adorned fingers.
I dare you to test out the maxi dress and cropped top trend, I know you’ll fall in love. The Rib & Lace Maxi Slip from Free People and the Sparkle & Fade Cropped Metallic Stripe Pullover from Urban Outfitters are both great layering pieces to add to your wardrobe — or to wear together. Throw on some studded biker boots, studded bracelets and call it a casual day. You could also pair the Metallic Pleated Dress from Forever 21 with the Truly Madly Deeply Badlands Biker Cropped Tee from Urban Outfitters. The metallic maxi dress looks like liquid steel and would be a show stopper at any party, but to wear it during the day you might want to tone it down a little — this is where a cropped top comes in handy. Pull that cropped vintage-inspired T-shirt over your dress and voila, you are now wearing a show stopping maxi “skirt” and a cropped T-shirt. Maxi dress? Got it. Crop top? It’s on. And two becomes one (outfit).