Crop tops, part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, mission: crop tops has been in full swing this summer. They’re a trend I’ve so far steered clear of until this year, primarily because I didn’t know what to make of them. Can they be worn without baring too much?

Here I’m wearing a basic, black crop tank top, and let me just tell you, this piece is so versatile. I can wear it with just about any high waisted bottom. I kind of like this option better than if it were a regular black tank top; somehow it feels more intentional, and I’m not constantly tucking it in all day. If you’re curious to give crop tops a try, a simple black one is a good way to start; so many possibilities!

In the featured picture I’ve paired it with a tan faux suede skirt (with pockets! Hallelujah!), black sandles with buckles and a low heel, my denim patchwork bag (made myself), and gold accessories. In the pictures below I’ve paired it with a Liz Claiborne silk skirt and braided belt, and a flower pendant. All clothes were bought second-hand.

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Crop tops: yep, I went there

I decided this is the summer I’d give crop tops a try… can they be worn modestly? I vote yes! But there are a few guidelines I try to stick to:

  1. Your crop top should not be a bra in disguise. You know what I mean– the really tiny ones that barely cover more than your bust, with only an inch or so of fabric below the bra line. That’s a bikini top, my dear, not a shirt.
  2. Always pair it with a high-waisted bottom. I honestly love the way Taylor Swift pairs cropped shirts with high-waisted bottoms, only showing a small amount of midriff, but her belly button is always covered. I think this is such a classy way to wear a current trend without baring all. Save full-belly exposure for the beach.
  3. You should feel comfortable in it. There’s no point in wearing something that you’re going to be tugging at all day, that you feel self-conscious in, just for the sake of being “on trend.” If the crop top in question bares more midriff than you’re comfortable with, ditch it!

In the featured image I’m wearing a white crop top I purchased for about $2 at a thrift store, and high-waisted printed casual pants from Forever 21 (also a thrift find). What I love about this top is that it comes down to my belly button, so depending on the bottom I pair it with, there may not be any midriff exposed at all! Plus it’s super comfy and will match almost anything. The only downside is the halter neckline, which makes hiding bra straps a little difficult (although I’m not one to fret over that).

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I like big shirts and I cannot lie

I’ll be honest: this is a total throwaway post. There’s just too much pressure (from myself) to make the first blog post super profound or important, so instead I’m making it simple and non-revelatory.

I just really like loose-fitting shirts; they’re comfortable! I often buy t-shirts a size big just for that fact alone. This is actually a pretty standard look on warm days, something I don’t have to think too hard about, and something light enough (in color and material) to keep me cool. And I like this shirt in particular because of the colorful bird print; it’s a bit of a conversation starter with fellow bird lovers.

I know, so fashion-forward, right? Told you it wouldn’t be that exciting….

What are some of your favorite go-to simple summer looks?

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A closer look at the birds…