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Trend Report: Cropped Tops

Cropped tops are having a pretty major moment right now thanks to tastemakers like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna. With that said, if you consider yourself to be truly fearless and intrepid when it comes to your personal style, today’s Trend Report has all the details on how.


Trend Report: Cropped Tops

If you are truly fearless when it comes to fashion, take note, because the latest trend to pop up on our radar is for you. What is it, you ask? Well, ladies, cropped tops are having a pretty major moment right now thanks to brands like Prada and Dolce Gabbana, not to mention tastemakers like Dakota Fanning and Rihanna. With that said, if you consider yourself to be truly fearless and intrepid when it comes to your personal style, today’s Trend Report has all the details on how to make this trend your own, so read on!

Who is trying this trend?
Elle Fanning was one of the first to try this look, clearly refusing to allow her youth to get in the way of her fearlessness when it comes to fashion. Elle stepped out in a floral two-piece in Los Angeles back in April. Earlier this month, Christa B. Allen hit the Lucky party in West Hollywood wearing a black bustier top and a printed midi skirt. More recently, Rihanna was spotted out and about in New York City wearing a cropped top and trousers, while Jaime King attended The CW’s Upfront presentation in New York just last week wearing a Proenza Schouler ensemble and a Rag & Bone jacket.

How are they styling it?
This trend can be challenging, but there is a trick that will ensure you pull this look off with panache. The key? Take notes from all four of our muses and make sure that the piece you wear on your lower half—whether it is a flared skirt in the style of Christa and Elle, a pair of trousers a la Rihanna, or a slim skirt like the one Jaime wore—covers your bellybutton. In other words, you only want the area of skin just above your navel and just below your bust to show. If you can stick to this rule, you will pull off this look with aplomb. Of course, there are a few other elements to keep in mind. We recommend you take tips from Christa, Elle, and Jaime and opt for a skirt in a longer length—this will help balance out that sexy glimpse of skin!. We also highly endorse a killer heel. After all, nothing says sexy like a stiletto. Last, but certainly not least, we like the way both Rihanna and Jaime covered up their cropped tops with a button-down shirt and a jacket, respectively. This is perfect for those who want to try this look but do not want to be the absolute center of attention.

How can I make this look my own?
There are two directions you can go in when shopping for this look. Your first option is to pick out matching items like, for instance, Evil Twin’s Solar Flare Lace Front Bustier ($66) and Fishtail Maxi Skirt ($157). When paired with ankle boots, this duo makes for a winning look. If you want something a little more casual for, say, a poolside party, you could check out Mara Hoffman’s Mexican Blanket Bustier Top ($238) and Shorts ($242). Your second option is to mix and match different tops and bottoms, which allows you to be a little more creative. With that said, we suggest pairing a top like River Island’s Bow Back Bustier ($28) with a skirt like ASOS’s Pencil Skirt ($70), or try pairing a top like Silence & Noise’s Print Block Bustier ($20) with Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s High-Waisted Stretch-Twill Skirt ($182). Happy shopping!

Photos: FameFlynet Pictures, Justin Campbell, Splash News, WireImage

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