Don’t Rule Out The Crop Top Trend, I’m serious!

Madewell Oxford Popover Shirt

So the crop top sweater/shirt is still trending this fall, and once again, I’m trying to come up with cute ways to make it work for me. I mean, I didn’t even wear crop tops when I was a teenager, so why would I now?! However, I realized from a styling point of view that crop tops can be a very flattering way to define a waistline. They have the same effect as a color block tee or dress.  But how do we make crop tops work for the normal gal (me)? Last year we talked about putting a flowy tunic like this one under a crop top (post here). You can also see this trick in the dressing room pic below.
Madewell Oxford Popover Shirt

Here I layered the Madewell sleeveless tee under the crop top instead of a tunic. Madewell Oxford Popover ShirtWell, this year I’ve come up with another solution- my high-waisted jeansMadewell Oxford Popover Shirt

Outfit Links: Top- Madewell; Jeans- AG; Shoes- Puma; Sunglasses- Ray-Ban; Purse- Similar here, here and here; Watch- Kate Spade

Why didn’t I think of this last year? I have two pairs of high-waisted jeans that I love, one blue and one grey. Now, before you turn up your nose at high-waisted jeans, let me reassure you that they can actually feel extremely stabilizing and sliming for the mid-section. I’ve had clients tell me their favorite pair of jeans are the high-waisted ones that they thought they’d hate. My favorite high waisted jeans are here and here.

Alright, count me in on the crop top trend! I hope you will consider it, too! When done right, they can be cute and flattering!

P.S. Here’s what else I purchased at Madewell:
Madewell Chambray Courier Shirt in Buckley Wash Madewell Chambray Courier Shirt in Buckley Wash

Chambray shirt- MadewellMadewell Classic Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Windowpane Plaid img_2112

Plaid shirt- Madewell

And then I saw this one online, and I had to have it. Eeeek!

A New Cross-Body Style to Try

A NEW CROSS-BODY STYLE TO TRY

Outfit Links: Top- Maeve; Jeans- Similar here, here, and here; Shoes- Adidas; Jacket- Sincerely Jules; Cross-body- Similar here, here, and here; Watch- Kate Spade; Sunglasses- Ray-Ban

Here’s how this story goes, I was shopping with a friend last week and fell in love with a bucket bag (I posted it Friday). My friend asked almost immediately if I could wear it as a cross-body (because you know how we love our cross-body bags). Well, I could, but it was a little short. It hit right above my hip. Then the next day, I saw this in my StyleWatch Magazine
A NEW CROSS-BODY STYLE TO TRYI took a picture of it and texted it to my friend right away with the caption, “I’m totally doing this with my new bucket bag.”  She texted back, “I feel a post coming on”. Ha! She knows me well. I’ve been trying this look with my purses that have adjustable straps, and I’m loving it! The girl in the magazine looks waaaay cooler than me, but that won’t stop me!A NEW CROSS-BODY STYLE TO TRY

Plus, I’ll be honest, I’m kinda tired of my cross-bodies hitting my butt when I walk. You know… clunk, clunk, clunk. This also somewhat answers the issue of the strap going right through the middle of the “girls”. The weight is distributed a little differently, if that makes sense.
A NEW CROSS-BODY STYLE TO TRY

I also like how close the bag is to me. It’s almost like it’s a fanny pack (a cool chic fanny pack- ha!), and your phone, wallet, and money are right there! You don’t have put your purse on the counter and go digging! Plus, it’s so close I can wear a jacket over my purse with no problem.

I’m telling you guys, there are a lot of advantages to this short cross-body thing, the least of which is how chic it looks. Try it! You may like it as much as I do!

And if you do, don’t forget to show us (IG, @cstyleblog #cstylebloginspo)!

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