How to stay classy in crop tops

Crop tops are becoming a style staple and they’re here to stay! Embrace them in a classy way with our tips on how to wear them without showing off too much, but just enough.

Naya Rivera wearing a crop top

super skinny J Brand jeansPair with high waist

One of the crucial things to remember when staying classy in a crop top is that the higher the waist, the more you’ll cover in the midsection. Though you might be wearing a high waist, it doesn’t mean you’re super retro. You can channel any style with a high waist when you have the right clothes and accessories. Even a mid-rise will give you enough coverage so you’re not baring it all. These super skinny J Brand jeans will give you enough coverage with a flattering fit. Try them with a crop top and you’re ready to go!

No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew Skirting the subject

Pencil skirts are a great way to add class to any outfit. They’re sophisticated and streamlined, giving you the ultimate professional look. And as long as they’re not too tight, you’ll be able to keep it classy. A brightly-colored pencil skirt or one with a lot of texture and design will keep your look playful and girly without looking dull or too professional. This No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew is a perfect pairing for a white crop top or embellished bralet.

Lauren Conrad blazer Add a layer

Another way to ease yourself into a crop top comfortably is to add a jacket with your outfit. A blazer over a crop top and boyfriend jeans is a great way to incorporate this look. This colorblock blazer by LC Lauren Conrad from Kohl’s will keep any crop top classy. Pair it with skinny or boyfriend jeans. No need to get high-waisted with the bottoms!

white lace shortsPlay the part

If you’re going to show off your bod in a crop top anyhow, then you might as well play the part. You know? Go with the flow and flaunt what you’ve got. If you ooze confidence and a taut tummy, then there’s no need to cower behind the insecurity of the “what ifs?” in life. Have some fun and pair different crop tops with unique, funky bottoms you love and are comfortable for you. That’s what fashion is about — taking risks.

Nothing says I’m ready for a vacation more than these studded ombre shorts from Urban Outfitters and paired with this Stone Cold Fox Oui crop top? Talk about wild style. If you’re softer in style, then these white lace shorts from Free People are the perfect feminine complement to any equally girly crop top.

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