July 13th, 2015 at 2:00am

Since we’re currently in the midst of summer and the temperature outside is rising, staying cool while remaining stylish can sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, crop tops are here to save the day. Over the past few years, the crop top has grown in popularity and been worn and adored by the masses. While all styles of crop tops still remain on-trend, halter crop tops have been popping up everywhere this summer.

This Fashionista is sporting a gray halter crop top. Her top is perfect for the hot summer days because it allows her to keep cool without exposing too much skin. The high neckline accentuates this Fashionista’s figure without covering her up too much. This Fashionista plays with texture to add a little something extra to her outfit. Rather than opting for a basic cotton crop top, she chose a ribbed texture. Playing with different textures is the perfect way to spice up a neutral top. The great thing about the halter cut is the versatility. You can opt for a more covered up look or a more daring look with a backless version of the top.

This Fashionista paired white high-waisted shorts with her top. Even though her shorts are not an outrageous neon color, this Fashionista still manages to stand out. Her white shorts are eye-catching because they are brighter than her top. However, it does not take away from her halter crop top. Instead, her top and shorts balance each other out. While her top is a more neutral gray color, the ribbed texture balances out the brightness of her shorts.

Besides being super practical for the summer, her accessories add a hint of color and pattern without taking away from her outfit. Her maroon snapback has a patterned brim, which you can only see if you stand right next to the Fashionista. It acts as a perfect accent to her crop top and shorts.

This Fashionista isn’t afraid to mix patterns either. Her patterned socks have a bold pattern. The bold pattern on her socks doesn’t overwhelm her outfit because it is a black and white pattern. If you don’t want a bold pattern to be the star of the outfit, balance it out by picking more neutral and muted colors. She keeps her feet protected from the hot summer sun with a pair of tan boots. These boots are great for summer adventures because they are very durable and stylish.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Always be open to different styles of a popular trend. Also, don’t be afraid to mix patterns, prints and textures!”