STYLE GURU STYLE: Layering Crop Tops

Lela Rose‘s fall 2015 ready-to-wear runway show presented ensembles that sparked the charm of layers. One look that really stood out to me included a white crop top as a bottom layer, and a gray high-waisted pencil skirt. They worked together perfectly, which shows the beauty and classiness of simplicity. Plus, the classic color combination of black, white and gray actually inspired me to dress in a similar way, but in my own style.

The warm sunshine in Seattle adjusts people to the upcoming season—spring. So during my creative process of layering, I picked one of my summer crop tops and a soft heather fleece cardigan. I really love this crop top because of the monochromatic but intricate patterns. The patterns composed of changes between lines and areas inject a bouncy rhythm into this crop top. Those were reasons why I picked this crop top instead of sticking with the model’s plain white crop top.

Then, in order to add a bit depth to the original flatness, I inserted an extra layer, a light black shirt, between the crop top and the fleece cardigan. Like conflicts in a play, the appearance of such smooth texture complicates and dramatizes the original look. The loose jersey-stitch construction of this cardigan fits the warm weather nicely. The open front and the hood design attract me a lot because of the relaxing feelings they convey. Layering three different materials in the same colors as the model’s outfit, I finished the top with the idea of moderate but rhythmic diversity.

I will no longer be opposed to high-waisted items because there are so many merits to them. Instead of copying the model’s choice of a pencil skirt, I put on the high-waisted jeans to emphasize my bottom half. As for accessories, I simply added the small snowflake sliver necklace and the heart shaped crystal ring to balance the richness of clothing. Silver and bright red nails add playful finishing touches to the whole look.

Get My Look: 1. A  monochromatic patterned crop top. 2. A cozy, loose heather gray cardigan. 3. A black silk-like shirt.