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5 Ways to Elevate Your Crop Top This Season

Styling tips that prove they can work for any occasion.

crop top style tips
Stacey Toth

Though often relegated to warm weather, crop tops are, in fact, pan-seasonal. In the summer, they call for simple separates—wide-leg pants, flowy skirts. Amidst transitional weather, opt for a blazer or button-down as outerwear. Layering a crop top over a blouse or button-down makes them more appropriate not only for the winter, but for more formal occasions, too—yes, this could mean the office. Basically, we're saying they should be thought of as year-round style staples versus an item that gathers dust under your bed for the chilly half of the year. To better convince you of that fact, we've rounded up a little styling inspiration from our favorite sartorial wizards to inspire you.

Button-Down + Jeans

crop top style tips

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@josephineaarkrogh

An example of a year-round style pairing, layer a knit crop top over a more boxy white button-down for an intriguing contrast in proportions. A dash of blue denim softens the stark black and white.

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Tube Tank

Orseund Iris

Simone Necklace

Wolf Circus

Blazer + Wide-Leg Pants

crop top style tips

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@seaofshoes

Another friendly option for transitional weather, the addition of a blazer always adds a dose of polish. The natural linen hue of the pants complements the pinstripe to tie everything together.

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Pinstripe Wool Blazer

Polo Ralph Lauren
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Etta Trousers


Mini Cloud Clutch

Mansur Gavriel

Peasant Top + Printed Skirt

crop top style tips

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@caitlinburkenyc

Whether you are on island time mentally or physically, a printed full skirt is always a good idea. The simple white top and leather slides ground the look while sculptural jewelry adds a little playfulness.

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Cropped Flare + Heels

crop top style tips

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@pamnasr

For when we finally emerge from our homes past 9:00 PM, we suggest channeling some rock-'n'-roll energy with a cropped printed tee. A pair of heels in a contrasting hue is the perfect finishing touch.

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Rock Logo Cropped T-Shirt

Versace Jeans Couture

Andrea Belt

Anine Bing

Summer Suit + Sunglasses

crop top style tips

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@shionat

Who says you can't wear a suit in the summer? In order to best do so, opt for lighter hues and fabrics. In this case, a pastel yellow is uber joyful while the crop top keeps things youthful.

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Beige Thick Sunglasses

Bottega Veneta
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