Cropped feature

July 21, 2016

July weather can be erratic; with the sudden downpours and the crazy blazes, we are sure feeling the wrath of the much-dread heat wave. On days when the temperature becomes too much to handle, wearing your normal dresses and full-length tops just won’t make the cut – it just feels sticky and uncomfortable on the skin. Enter the glorious invention of the genius cropped top. Aptly cut just above the belly button, these are the best kinds of tops to be clad in on sunny days like these. We know, it sure looks tiny on the shelves; but it doesn’t look that itty bitty when worn. Besides, you don’t have to look like you’re wearing horribly shrunken clothes if you know how to style them.


1. High Waisted


Topshop, $76.90.

This goes without saying. If you, like us, aren’t comfortable with revealing your belly, high waisted bottoms are the quintessential item to pair your cropped tops with. Our favourite way of wearing the typical high waisted and cropped combo is to pair a cropped T-shirt with a baggy Mom jeans and sneakers – you’ll achieve that off-duty look, whilst still looking super chic. Also, high waisted bottoms are a great way to hide your bloat after a large meal.


2. Skirts

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Topshop, $66.90. Topshop, $126.

Pairing skirts with cropped tops are not only the easiest thing to throw on in the mornings, it makes your coordinate look a lot more polished and well put together. A great way to always pull off this look is to pair your basic-colour cropped tops with a printed or loud skirt, and it’ll be able to take you from day to night. However, skirts can be tricky sometimes; be sure not to pair a tight-fitting bottom with a tight cropped top. Our best bet would be A line skirts or a flowy midi skirt.


3. Overalls


Zara, $89.90.

Your trusty dungarees and jumpsuits can easily be layered on top of your cropped top. It’s not only breezy, but this look is also great for those who aren’t comfortable with showing too much skin.


4. Outerwears


ASOS, $70.79.

You’ll have plenty of ways to wear your cropped tops with an outerwear. This is especially great if you want to wear a sleeveless cropped top but are afraid of looking too “naked”. Throw on an oversized jacket and its texture and baggy design will be sure to draw attention away from your mid drift and also, cover your skin. Alternatively, an oversized cardigan or duster coat will help you look a whole lot more event-appropriate.