We love a good trend, but sometimes dressing for your body and keeping up with the fads seem mutually exclusive. To those scared of the crop top fashion craze, we feel you. Not everyone has rock hard abs or the willingness to flaunt them. So we've compiled a comprehensive how-to for ladies who want to shorten their shirts while still remaining appropriate.
A high-waisted A-line skirt does wonders for your figure—it nips at the waist and hides any problem areas offering up just a sliver of skin. Pair it with a flowy cropped blouse and loafers with just a bit of a heel for an outfit that can take you from an afternoon lunch with the ladies into evening cocktails.
Zara Studio Top, $99; zara.com
J.Crew Collection A-line Skirt, $178; jcrew.com
ASOS Pointed Heels, $59.07; asos.com
This outfit is the perfect casual cool girl look for hitting up your local watering hole. The stretchy jeans will hug your assets (in all the right places) and the sky-high platforms will make your stems look a mile long. Pair this flattering duo with a v-neck crop top to show off your decolletage, and your new found confidence.
Apiece Apart Anja Kaftan Top, $137.20; lagarconne.com
J Brand Power Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jeans, $175; net-a-porter.com
Topshop Ankle Strap Platform, $110; topshop.com
Keeping things casual this weekend? Whether you're hitting the park or headed to brunch, style your cropped tee with a pair of high-waisted jean shorts and classic kicks. Keep in mind, girls with more curves might want to go for a longer, cuffed style.
H&M Cropped Top, $9.95; hm.com
Pierre Balmain Denim Short, $280.43; farfetch.com
Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker, $65; superga-usa.com
This option is perfect for the budding fashionista. It's (somewhat) conservative thanks to the slacks and long sleeves, but the uniquely textured fabric and statement-making shoe makes it chic and fashion-forward. Think an art opening for this one—the tailored high-rise, wide leg pants and loose fit of the crop top keep it flattering and playful, rather than cheesy.
Zara High Collar Studio Top, $99; zara.com
Mango Suit Wide Leg Trousers, $39.99; mango.com
Schutz Lace up Sandals, $250; shopbop.com
Kill two birds with one sartorial stone by sporting both the crop top and the matching separates trend at once. Since the skirt has such a high waist and the top is a little longer, this outfit is actually office appropriate. Add a nude sandal and you're good to go.
Topshop Gingham Lace Shell, $76; topshop.com
Topshop Gingham Lace Pencil Skirt, $96; topshop.com
Zara Leather Sandal, $79.90; zara.com