1. Just a Peek
Just because a top is cropped, that doesn’t mean you need to go all “I Dream of Genie” on us and bare all. Choose a high-waisted bottom that leaves a maximum of 4 or 5 inches between the hem of the top and waistband of your pant or skirt. The idea is to show a sliver of skin — ideally above the belly button — for a very modern and chic look.
2. Occasion, Occasion, Occasion
As with any adventurous trend, consider the occasion before you decide to give it a go. No matter how prim your skirt or how elegant your jacket, if you work at a bank or financial firm, the crop top just won’t fly. However, if you’re going to a party, a trendy restaurant or a BBQ, let that midriff free!
3. Balance & Contrast
Rather than pairing your new crop top with a plaid skirt and combat boots like Courtney Love circa 1994, try wearing a crop top with a ladylike pencil skirt, maxi skirt or chic trouser. A conservative bottom juxtaposed with a more revealing top makes an outfit feel fresh and stylish.
4. Super Sweet, Not Too Sexy
Part of the difficulty of wearing a crop top is that you’re exposing a section of skin not normally seen by average pedestrians. So try tempering the sexy style with feminine colors and flouncy fabrics to keep the look sweet and soft.
5. More Midriff, Less Arm
If you’re still feeling sheepish, add some extra coverage with a blazer, vest, or scarf. By covering up more of your arms, neck, and shoulders, the bit of skin that is actually exposed is minimal — also a nice surprise for an otherwise standard look.