how to wear: crop top (for work, weekend & date night!)

September 15, 2014

Crop tops always seemed daunting, and something a 16-year old girl would wear, not this 34-year old. But, listen up: crop tops are where it’s at, and are figure flattering on a variety of sizes (including bust sizes). Don’t be intimidated… they can be more flattering than a typical top when styled right. I purchased the rhinestone top below before my NYC trip (wearing it here), and I also got the scalloped tank in black (styled here, wearing these earrings); it’s actually such a steal I might buy another color. In both instances, pairing it with higher waist skirts did the trick. Just yesterday, I convinced a very hesitant friend to grey quilted try one at Target (can’t find online)… instant purchase. She looked so fantastic, and inspired me to do this post.

A few tips to keep your crop top age appropriate:
- Ensure your bottoms meet up with our top so when you move around, only a sliver of skin shows (if that).
- Pairing it with a knee-length pencil skirt or a more voluminous midi length (just past your knees) is a great way to balance the tinier top.
- Nervous about baring skin? Add a blazer!
- Go matchy-matchy! You’ll find tons of crop tops with coordinating skirts; it’s a fresh take on a typical dress (remember my spring example?).

Three Ways to Wear: Crop Top

workrhinestone top // vegan leather pencil skirt // booties (or this, for less) // purse // watch

weekend: cropped sweater + and heels (identical)

date nightscalloped tank // midi skirt // heels // earrings // purse (all black hardware… goes with everything!)

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  • TheDecorina

    I love all three outfits you featured today! I admit, I have been a little intimidated by the crop top trend, but these tops are inspiring me to give it a go.

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Promise you it’s worth it, and I even did some research to check out varying body types. Super flattering! I love how it highlights my natural waist; I wouldn’t wait with pants (unless I layered underneath like the weekend look) however with a skirt it’s so cute!

  • TheDecorina

    I love all three outfits you featured today! I admit, I have been a little intimidated by the crop top trend, but these tops are inspiring me to give it a go.

  • Kimberly

    Great ideas here - I’m loving the proportion play on the weekend look!

  • Heidi D.

    Love that weekend look and love the blush bag! Hope you had a great weekend, Alyson!

    Heidi D.

  • Lyddiegal

    I need to know more about this scalloped crop top. How is the fit? How thick is the material? Do the scallops ever flop over? Can I wear it through the fall? You know I’m obsessed with scallops here and have been thinking about buying it since I saw your instagram!

    Chic on the Cheap

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Ha, you are obsessed with scallops! It’s definitely a lighter-weight material and I purchased the UK4 since I’m so tiny on top. I think it’s so cute and the scallops didn’t flop however the material might be too light for a cooler climate. It’s such a steal though I’d honestly suggest trying. It’s free returns, it’s only $20 and if you love it’s a great spring piece, too!

  • Kristin Clark

    I’m a big fan of crop tops!! My favorite is the work look - so chic!!!
    Kristin of

  • ashleigh

    I’m not so into them for my body type but I adore the look on the right person. The pink one is especially pretty.

    • AvgGirlsGuide

      Definitely takes finding the right fit, however did some research and saw them look awesome on size 0 to 20!

  • Ms. Jeannie and Her Closet

    Like them all but my favorite one is the office look. Love the booties:-) Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Jeannette.

  • HayleyRoderick

    Those shoes are my favorite! Lovely blog:) xo, Hayley

  • Tara

    I have yet to try the crop top trend, this makes me want to!

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