STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Crop That Top!

Style Advice of the Week

As the summer days rapidly approach, hemlines begin to rise. Alongside, higher waisted bottoms are what’s in and are commonly paired with a tucked in T-shirt. However, this trendy Fashionista made a bold statement and ventured for the hot crop top and mixed it with another summer trend, tie-dye, to achieve this outstanding outfit. The outcome: a comfortable and cool yet completely chic look on a beautiful day.

As this top becomes more and more popular around Wheaton College's campus, I have absolutely come to adore it. It can go with everything from shorts, skirts, jeans to even leggings. Additionally, it can be paired with any type of shoe as well.

While walking to lunch, I came across this week’s Fashionista. Her black crop top and rounded shades show off her fun side while her high-waisted, wide leg printed pants give off her personal style. Simplicity goes a long way in an outfit, and this doll highlights her details just the perfect way.

Since more retailers such as American Apparel are carrying shirts like this Fashionista’s, many are able to find one that fits their true style and taste. This item works in any color, style and with any type of accessory. For those on a budget, go to the local consignment store and grab a larger t-shirt and cut the body for the shorter cropped look. A vintage-inspired concert T-shirt, such as this one from Urban Outfitters, works perfectly and gives a touch of punk.

If you want to dress this look up, try something a little more fancy like this crochet top from Free People. This top is a triple threat with its mix of delicacy, edge and glamour. But don’t forget that in the end you truly make the outfit. Crop tops are just like us, as they come in different sizes, shapes and colors. Have the confidence and anyone can work this gem. So, like this daring Fashionista, try taking your look to a shorter level!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Crop That Top

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With summer rapidly approaching, UD Fashionistas/os are shedding their layers for lighter, minimal pieces to keep cool. It seems that not only are the bottoms getting shorter, but the tops are too. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the crop top is making a comeback along with other popular '70s staples. To the timid, crop tops might seem like a daunting piece of clothing to attempt to wear. While on the flip side, the Fashionistas/os of college towns across the globe are sporting the teeny tops in daringly bold ways. No matter what style personality you may be, crop tops can be sported by anyone when styled properly.

The key steps to strutting your stuff in a crop top are choosing a length and knowing what’s appropriate. Half the battle is finding your comfort zone in a garment that can easily go from classy to tacky. Step one is to try out different lengths of crop tops—hip grazing, minor belly action, or barely there. Step two is to make sure the other elements of your outfit complement your shortened top and are appropriate for the occasion in which you’re dressing. You wouldn’t want your grandmother to see your entire stomach at her 90th birthday party, would you? Refinery29 gives some great examples of how to create a stylish and sophisticated look with any type of crop top. You can also add a tank top under a flowing crop top or a blazer over a more scandalous top for extra comfort.

The featured Fashionista’s pairs her navy blue crop top with flattering, white skinny jeans, a beaded necklace, and white wedges. Her crop top is the perfect length for class or other daytime activities because it just grazes her hips and shows minimal skin. So like this daring Fashionista, try taking your look to a shorter level and crop ‘til you drop!
 

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