Summer has begun quite swimmingly this year. If your’e living in New York City, you know what I’m talking about—rain, rain, rain. Where’s the love, sun? Thankfully, this weather just can’t bring down NYC’s infamous fashion reputation. Tackling the city in bad weather is a Fashionista’s biggest challenge to overcome. How do you look great when the elements are against you? Don’t worry, it’s definitely possible. Crop tops are very forgiving in this kind of dilemma. If your having cold feet trying this trend, use today’s Fashionista as your muse to get through the changing temperatures during the summer.
This Fashionista wears her crop top like a pro. What I love about her outfit is that she keeps to black and leaves the color to her lightweight blouse that protects her from any rain. Crop tops look best when smartly paired with high-waisted bottoms. This Fashionista’s black, high-waisted slacks and braided vintage belt create a much more lady-like vibe that crop tops sometimes stray away from. Throw on a pair of pointed flats like this Fashionista’s leather ones and you have a classic daytime summer look ready for any change in weather.
One of my tricks to create a day-to-night look with a crop top is to carry around some extra jewelry. You might not want to add on the bling during the hot summer days, but as it cools down at night, a great statement necklace or pair of earrings can punch up your outfit in an instant. If you want something more structural is to replace the blouse, opt for a cropped blazer that will complement your mid-drift exposure. Lastly, if you need another option to dress up a casual crop top, bring along a bold lipstick or stain—color never hurts.