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Polished chic over teenage vogue: how to wear crop tops elegantly

There is nothing wrong with youthful fashion, but if you have been defining your personal style around sophistication and grown-up polish, the crop top might seem like an odd choice.

But it isn’t. It is a fun alternative to your usual blouses and shirts. It is versatile and can be worn to be sexy and revealing or demure but teasing. Depending on what you pair a crop top with, your look can be relaxed and casual or chic and elegant.

The trick to tasteful cropping is getting the balance and the pairing right. Pairing a boldly revealing crop top with short shorts is more youthful vogue than grown-up polish. So is doing tight-fitting stretchy fabrics on higher-cut crops. You want to balance bold reveal with structured fabric and shorter crop tops with higher waistlines. Here are some tips for sophisticated styling of crop tops -:

1. Match separates into elegant suits

Find inspiration in Michelle Obama for upgrading your suit with a cropped blazer that is so simply chic. Pair beautifully-colored crops with similar high-waisted skirts or wide-legged pants to form suited elegance.



2. Do tailored chic

Pair your crop top with tailored pants, tailored pencil skirts, or midi skirts, add a structured blazer, and complete your look with a pair of strappy heels or thin-heeled pumps. A perfectly versatile look that you can wear from day to night, for date night, even for casual Friday at the office, depending on where you work of course!



3. Try structured casual

This is tailored chic, but with a pair of skinny jeans or jeggings. You can also replace the structured blazer with something else structured, for instance, a faux leather jacket or a stylish bomber jacket. Perfect for a day out and about.


4. Pair with A-lines and maxi hemlines

A-lines that graze your ankles make a great balanced pairing with short crops.


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