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Two Ways To Wear a Crop Top

90s Fashion: A More Modest Take on the Crop Top Comeback

Crop tops are nothing new. The ‘90s throwback—which first reappeared on the 2011 spring runways of Rodarte and Giorgio Armani—has managed to survive, despite many predictions that it would quickly go out of style. They were still quite popular during the S/S 2014 shows, favored by designers including Peter Som and Jill Stuart. Perhaps because crop tops are a functional way to beat the heat: though Som’s sporty look was quite different than Stuart’s edgy one, both designers’ garments sat high above the natural waist.

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However, not everyone’s comfortable exposing their entire midriff, even in scorching, 90-degree weather. We translated the trend into two more wearable looks that pair longer tops with high-waisted bottoms.

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Look 1

Collared crop top, Farfetch ($325); Brocade skirt, Austique ($354.40); Crossbody bag, Mango ($69.99); Ankle boots, Farfetch ($546.66); Triangle necklace, Steven Alan ($135)

This collared top is unexpectedly demure, paired here with a short skirt to balance the high neckline. The white boots keep the ensemble from looking too much like a schoolgirl’s.

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Look 2

Tailored trousers, Reiss ($75 on sale); Striped crop top, Mango ($34.99 on sale); Floral oxfords, Tibi ($385); Color-blocked clutch, SSense ($765); Hoop earrings, Groupon Goods ($15.99)

These crisp trousers and tailored top create a classic look that transitions easily from day to night. The oxfords and clutch introduce texture and color, though nude pumps would work equally well for a more formal setting.

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Guide Staff Writer
BY: Michelle Schuman