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How to Wear Crop Tops

Crop tops aren’t just for summer

So declared Teen Vogue at the beginning of the Autumn/Winter season. Well, that’s great if you are a teen, but how are the rest of us supposed to pull off the crop? It’s a style that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast and, sadly for those of us who might like to sit this particular trend out, it can look sophisticated and elegant.

The fabulous Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb reckons it can even be done post-40. Judging by the fab photos of her in a maxi skirt and long sleeved crop top, so do we. Let’s face it, though, her abs are ironing-board perfect.

Catherine wearing a long-sleeved crop top, maxi skirt and sandals as she walks by the river

Can the cropped look be worn not only in winter, but also when one’s midriff could do with a bit of cropping, too?

Here’s our guide to one of the trickiest trends around:

1.    Wear a sheer, embellished crop over a high-waisted skirt or maxi dress

This is the ultimate failsafe for anyone who is determined to wear a cropped style but doesn’t want to bare all. Team an embellished swing top in black and gold or nude with a black maxi dress. Wearing an embellished crop top over a plain maxi dress or maxi skirt is a relaxed approach to going out. You’ll tap into vintage glamour and create a dress up or dress down style perfect for family gatherings, meals out and cosy nights down the pub. Just add red lipstick!

2.    Wear a waterfall crop top over a pencil or bandage skirt

If you’re proud of your bum, this is the look for you. A floaty crop top, particularly in a waterfall style (where the sides are longer than the middle), is flattering on slender and athletic frames. Frills and other embellishments will give the appearance of a bigger bust, while a high-waisted bandage skirt will sculpt the bum and lengthen the legs. Simply throw on heels and prepare to strut!

3.    Wear a fitted crop top with an a-line skirt, showing an inch or two of midriff

This is an elegant way to show just a hint of belly – the higher the better as this is where your waist is likely to be most toned. The look works well with soft, pleated skirts that reach just above or just below the knee. This style would suit an hourglass or a pear shape – offsetting a slimmer waist and skimming the hips and bum for a flattering, ladylike style. Fuller skirts are on-trend, too.

4.    Wear a loose-fitting, cropped tank top over wide leg trousers

If you’re anything like Jasmine Tosh, you’ll throw on a Chambray or denim shirt, tied at the waist, for good measure. This is a fantastic bohemian twist on the crop, especially when teamed with the right accessories such as Jasmine’s oversized sunglasses and fringed clutch. Again, it shows just a smidgeon of tummy and could be worn with flats for a laid-back look – maybe on holiday somewhere warm? We can but dream…

Jasmine wears a Chambray top with a crop top - a great coverup idea.

We trust that the crop top doesn’t seem quite so daunting now – and it certainly is not reserved for teens alone. For more style advice from the heart of London, keep reading this blog. Join us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter to receive all the latest news and offers.


Pandora Dress Agency

Pandora would like to thank Jasmine Tosh Stewart ( | and Catherine Summers ( | Twitter @notlamb) for inspiring us and allowing us to feature their beautiful images in this post.


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