Once upon a time the words “cropped tops” might have evoked thoughts of Britney Spears in her prime, but these days those words have taken on a whole new meaning—and a decidedly fashion-forward one at that. Yes, top tastemakers like Kate Bosworth and Jessica Biel have reinvented the wheel in the past few years, taking cropped tops to new heights. The question is: how can you try this look without channeling an overtly sexy pop star? Today’s Style Spy story has the answer to that question, so click through for all the need-to-know details on how to make this look your own.
Who is trying the cropped top look?
All the way back in July, Jessica Biel attended a panel for her film Total Recall at Comic Con 2011 in San Diego. For the event, Jessica donned a lilac Christian Cota cropped top, which she paired with peach Christian Cota shorts. A few months later, in October, Kate Bosworth hit the 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund party in Los Angeles wearing a cropped top and matching skirt, both by Proenza Schouler. In December, Zoe Kravitz paired a white knit top with a black maxi skirt for the 2011 Bahamas International Film Festival in Paradise Island in the Bahamas. And just last week, Miley Cyrus wore an embroidered bustier and high-waisted skirt, both by Emilio Pucci, to the premiere of The Hunger Games in Los Angeles.
How are they styling their cropped tops?
While each of these ladies opted for different styles and color palettes, if you have an eye for detail you will notice that one thing remains the same: the high-waist on their “bottom”. Take, for instance, the Emilio Pucci ensemble Miley is wearing. Although the bustier promises to reveal plenty of skin, the high-waisted organza skirt balances the look and reveals just a sliver of stomach, creating a subtly sexy ensemble. As you can see, Kate, Jessica, and Zoe’s outfits all follow suit. Keeping this key idea in mind, you have plenty of room to experiment when it comes to picking a bottom for your cropped top: a pencil skirt like Kate’s will create a long and lean silhouette; a pair of high-waisted shorts like Jessica’s will definitely create the illusion of long legs; and a maxi skirt like Zoe’s is an interesting way to style a cropped top in the colder months.
How can I make this look my own?
Now it is time to make this look your own! To start, we suggest you think of the occasion you are dressing for and then pick a top and bottom that is appropriate. For a more formal occasion, we like Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony’s Eyelet Pinafore Top ($250). With this top, you could channel Zoe’s two-tone look by pairing it with Rag & Bone’s Ashton Leather-Trimmed Silk Maxi Skirt ($140) or you could mimic Miley’s look by pairing it with Rachel Pally’s Seam Rib Maxi Skirt ($198). If you want something colorful and yet polished, a la Kate, try pairing Nanette Lepore’s Valedictorian Cropped Silk Blouse ($198) with J Crew’s Pencil Skirt in Violet ($118) or Ohne Titel’s Slim Skirt ($370). As for casual occasions, take your cues from Jessica by pairing a top like Alice + Olivia’s Garland Cropped Flower Tank ($396) or ASOS’s Leather Cutabout Top ($68) with Nasty Gal’s Working Girl Shorts ($58).
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