Over the last year or so, I have become a huge fan of the crop top. While at first, I was hesitant to go “all in” with this “trend”, I finally caved and decided that it was not only a trend I loved – but it was also a trend I found really comfortable and flattering when styled properly.
It shocked me that my initial hesitation had been SO wrong. During the first months of seeing crop tops, I thought they’d be difficult to style, and totally out of my comfort zone. Let’s fast forward to today: here I am – an admitted avid crop top fan and sharing my tips on how to elevate a crop for an evening out… (Who woulda thunk it, right?)
How to Elevate a Crop Top
It All Comes down to Fabric, Shape, and Detailing…
When you’re picking out crop top that you’re hoping will have a dressy appearance to it, you’re going to want to pay attention to a few key things: fabric, shape, and detailing. These three elements combined create pieces that are undeniably elegant and beautiful.
When it comes to fabric, look for pieces which look expensive. These pieces don’t have to actually BE expensive (like this red crop I am wearing today, it’s only $36.47!) but choose pieces that aren’t knit, or jersey material. Instead seek out materials that offer a bit more structure or a elegant texture, such as silk or chiffon.
Shape is another element that is so important for finding a dressier crop. Look for shapes that flatter your body and make you most comfortable. For me, I like pieces that skim over me and cinch in at the waist to create a more defined waistline.
The final element you want to keep an eye out for is the detailing. While the actual look of this red crop is quite minimalist, there are a few details that make it a little more special and unique. What caught my eye about this crop was the pleat detail on the front, the exposed zipper on the back, and bow tie which cinches in the waist.
Meet in the Middle…
If you’re new to wearing crop tops and are unsure how to style them then try high waisted jeans or skirts. High waist jeans and skirts paired with crops create more streamlined looks and are very easy to wear. By pairing crops with higher waistlines you give yourself the comfort and coverage of a normal shirt.
If you want to pair your crop with some high waist jeans (like I have today!) and are looking to elevate your outfit for an evening outfit than look for denim in a darker wash. While I love light wash denim, dark denim is undeniably a bit dressier looking. In addition, a chic pair of flared or wide-leg jeans will also create a bit more of a dressed up look.
Be Matchy Matchy
One sure-fire way to style a crop stylishly is with sets. Matching sets really take all of the thought out of what to wear with a cropped shirt. There are tons of options that are both elevated and elegant. There are even some that would work from the office to the evening!