Our Fashion Director on the Crop-Top Trend

I’ve never been one to show a lot of skin – I typically gravitate toward things that are voluminous and flowy. In fact, I think I was sixteen the last time I wore anything stomach-revealing. So why am I so tempted to try out the new crop-top trend? Granted, these aren’t your 80s tops that require a six-pack and gold chains (unless, of course, you’re Rihanna). No, the new breed of micro tops are sexy yet subtle and show just a sliver of skin. Thinking of testing the midriff-baring waters? Take you style cues from these fashion-forward celebrities – I know I am.


Diane Kruger
I love the retro vibe of this look. A high-waisted midi skirt is the perfect way to offset a shorter top.

Jessica Alba
Head-to-toe black never looked so chic. An abbreviated sweater paired with loose tuxedo trousers will probably be my go-to outfit this fall.

Freida Pinto
Don’t be afraid to match. The hint of skin makes this ensemble more interesting than a basic dress, so the matchy-matchy look completely works.

Kate Bosworth
This look manages to be elegant and ladylike, but with some serious edge.

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Jackie Nasser joined Rue La La as Fashion Director in November of 2012. In close collaboration with the merchandising teams, she leads content production for lookbooks, style tips, and curated Boutiques. Jackie is the former Lead Editor for InStyle’s sister shopping site, StyleFind.com, which she launched. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky and at ELLEgirl, ELLE Accessories, and ELLE.com.

September 5, 2013