Short & Sweet: Secrets to Rocking the Cropped Top

In the spirit of letting my fashion inhibitions run wild, for the remainder of the summer, I’ve decided to experiment with the cropped tops that are popping up everywhere. I like them in theory – bohemian, carefree, and West Coast cool – but since we’ve all seen these short shirts gone wrong (cropped tops and cargo pants… not a match made in ’90s heaven), I have my reservations.

My biggest dilemma about the cropped top is what to pair it with on the bottom. After taking some advice from Refinery29 and Lovelyish, I played around with a few different looks myself. These are my final recommendations:

The Secret:
It’s really all about the balance of the ensemble – the more cropped the top, the more high-waisted or flowy the bottom should be.

Perfect Pairings:
- Try a boxier cropped top with a pair of colored skinny jeans for a shopping outing or to catch a film.
– A tied-up blouse paired with a maxi skirt is ideal for perusing the flea market or meeting a friend for coffee.
– Strike a sassy and structured balance with a bustier cropped top, high-waisted pencil skirt, and blazer for a night out with the girls (you’ll be grateful for the option to button up after a few mojitos).
– A crochet crop top with a brightly colored bikini and jean shorts is made for the beach or boardwalk.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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August 4, 2012