STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Maximize Your Crop Top

Style Advice of the Week

Since it’s almost time to hit the beach, we’ve all been doing our sit-ups at the gym…right? But the warmer weather doesn’t only mean bikinis, because this season it’s all about the crop top. Actually, Topshop’s creative director, Kate Phelan, gives you five easy ways to sport the trend in this photo shoot. Or you could just take a few tips from this Fashionista.

She bares her midriff in a cute black cardigan and pairs it with an embroidered maxi (that contrasts perfectly with her white, leather lined satchel). By throwing over a studded moto jacket and slipping on distressed combat boots, this Fashionista looks equal parts bohemian and rocker grunge.

If you’re keen on the all-black ensemble, choosing the right sweater and skirt is key. Go for an athletic sort of clean in this Kill City ribbed terry, and then match it with something edgy like this Mink Pink tube with a slit. But if you like the detail on this Fashionista’s hem, try a Tobi open knit with chiffon from Tuesday Night Band Practice (it’s embellished with a band of really pretty crochet).

If you need to add a little color, check out this striped pullover from Free People — it would go great with the pleated ‘Kari’ by Cheap Monday. Of course, if you know how to tie a knot, a makeshift crop tee is always an option. Do it with a vintage band shirt like this Polytechnic State University Fashionista did.  Complete your outfit with some jewelry and peep toe sandals, and you’ll have the whole carefree, casual vibe mastered.



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