Fashion: How to Look Classy in a Crop Top

  The crop top.  Love it or hate it, this nineties trend is back with a vengeance. If you read my blog regularly, it wouldn’t tak...

The crop top.  Love it or hate it, this nineties trend is back with a vengeance. If you read my blog regularly, it wouldn’t take very much to guess that I am a huge fan of crop tops. No longer just for teeny-boppers, the crop top has now been bumped up to high-fashion status as they appear on runways in sleek, modern fabrics, prints and cuts. 

A-listers like Cara Delevingne, Chloe Moretz, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Anne Hathaway, Diane Kruger and Karlie Kloss soon took to the revived trend, which shows no signs on stopping for now. Perhaps it’s about time to make space in your wardrobe for crop tops!

The modern crop top no longer resembles its trashier counterparts circa 1997 (also known as Britney Spears' Oops! I Did It Again era). It can look incredibly classy and stylish when worn correctly. Today, I’m going to share more about how you can stay classy in a crop top. Pair your crop tops with the following:

1. A pencil skirt

Here's how the classy ladies do it on the red carpet: a plain-coloured crop top (preferably with sleeves) with a midi skirt in a subtle print, a la Olivia Wilde and Miranda Kerr, or a printed bustier top with a skirt in a punchy hue. The key is to keep the skirt's hemline at a modest length, mid-calf or knee-length. Keep the prints as simple as possible and let the gorgeous female silhouette take centre stage. Remember: less is more.

2. A-line skirt

A high-waist A-line skirt is a girly complement to a crop top, and it looks flattering on everyone. At midi length, it lends a modern take on the lady-like fifties look. Look how Zoe Saldana nailed the demure yet sexy look in her teal ensemble, paired with nude strappy heels. If you prefer your skirts to come with some edginess, take a leaf out of Shailene Woodley's book and go for leather. 

3. Classic White

Who said white is an impractical colour only reserved for weddings? In a crop top and skirt combination, white is a lovely shade that brings a dose of spring-worthy breeziness. And you don't have to stick to pure white. Different shades like ivory, off-white or even cream are cool alternatives. With all-white ensembles, it is easy to have fun with your accessories and makeup. Bring on the lipsticks and blushers!

4. Sleek Trousers

Another way to balance the midriff-baring crop top is by pairing it with sleek slim-cut trousers. Do as Odette Annable did and go all-black for a black-tie event, or toughen up an all-white ensemble with strong shoulders a la Vanessa Hudgens in a Catherine Malandrino crop top.

If you're after a more laidback look, a dark-coloured cropped tank top with printed silk trousers will have you looking equal parts chill and sexy, like the way Diane Kruger does. The A-lister flaunted her abs and gave her outfit an unexpected jolt of colour with a pair of Prabal Gurung pants. For a daytime street style, do as French designer, actress, and musician Alma Jodorowsky did and pair a sweet-looking white crop top with wide-legged jeans, a salmon-pink cross-body purse and a dark chapeau.

5. Prints

How do you wear a crop top and not look like you're stuck in the nineties? Update it with modern prints, that's how! Chloe Moretz applies her daring yet classy fashion sense to this Valentino getup, covering up a tiny black crop top with a boxy printed jacket and matching shorts. Look how her thin-strapped stilettos elongated her slim legs! Definitely a tasteful grown-up look for the teenage actress. Likewise, the Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev opted for a printed crop top and shorts ensemble in a paint-splatter print, finishing off with a pair of complementary pink pumps and a girly side braid.

6. Choose sleek fabrics

The best way to update your crop top is with lush fabrics and sleek silhouettes. Flowy fabrics can look sloppy, and plain old cotton can look a little too nineties grunge (unless that's the look you're going for), so stick to structured, stiff fabrics that hold their shape and boxy cuts that dial up the drama by enhancing your silhouette. Case in point: the bold, edgy but elegant looks seen on Rihanna, Cara, and Anne.

Are you a fan of crop tops? How do YOU stay classy in your crop tops? Share your style tips in the Comments section below!

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