Sometimes less is more. Cue: the crop top. Crop tops can be called a “bustier” and can often closely resemble a “bandeau.” Crop tops expose the midriff (sometimes the belly button is exposed too, depending on the length of the torso).
The majority of crop tops popping up on campuses today have some sort of straps, but strapless crops are seen from time to time. They are symbolic of hot weather. More often than not, they are casual pieces, yet more appropriate for night wear rather than day wear, especially when paired with high-waist shorts or a high-waist skirt.
However, this Fashionista is clever and pairs her strapless crop top with a denim vest. This enables her to transform what would usually be “club wear” into the perfect daytime ensemble. With a bright pop of color in her loose skirt, she matches the orange hue in the crop perfectly. The denim vest is light and airy, so the crop is still visible underneath. A pair of sunglasses and some shimmery flip flops complete the summer look.
The real key to this Fashionista’s successful daytime look is the type of skirt she chose to pair with the crop top. When worn with a crop, tight skirts and various tight bottoms create a “night on the town” feel. Her loose, free-flowing skirt screams SUMMER just as loudly as the crop top itself.
Crops can be found in various lengths, styles, colors and patterns at stores like Forever21, H&M, Urban Outfitters and Wet Seal. Charlotte Russe has an entire collection of various crop tops to choose from. They seem to be offering the most variety at this time, considering fall collections are already on the sales floors.