How To Wear The Grown Up Crop Top

No longer the reserve of ‘90s popstars, crop tops have made a sartorial comeback in recent summer seasons. If you’ve grown up a little since the golden era of tummy-flashing tops, fear not because our favourite street style stars know exactly how to give the mini top a sophisticated edit…

Wear Black on Black

A chic alternative to an evening dress, go for a high-waisted skirt and crop top in all-black for this summer’s events. Choose to show a slither of skin with a bralette-style piece, or join your hems for a modest look.
 

 

Jenara Cropped Crepe Top, £145 | Alice + Olivia
 

Eli Pleated Midi Skirt, £130 | Reiss
 

Cut-Out Crop Top by Glamorous Petites, £18 | Topshop
 

Ailsa Lace Skirt, £140 | Whistles
 

Wrap Front Crop Top by Glamorous Petites, £18 | Topshop
 

Fine Pleated Cropped Trousers, £29.99 | Zara

Coordinate

From Alice and Olivia to Miguelina, all the coolest brands are offering long skirts and crop tops in matching prints. The summer alternative to a maxi, team with sandals and sunnies for an effortless finish.

Brentley Crocheted Cotton Top, £205 | Alice + Olivia

Dakota Off-The-Shoulder Top, £195 | Miguelina

PETITE Floral Airtex Crop, £38 | Topshop

Khiara Crocheted Cotton Skirt, £275 | Alice + Olivia

Carolina Crochet-Trimmed Skirt, £300 | Miguelina

PETITE Mesh Floral Prom Skirt, £60 | Topshop

Add a full skirt

Juxtapose the sexiness of a crop top with a full statement skirt. From floral patterns to lace panelled offerings, a feminine maxi will perfectly balance a skimpy top half.

 

Midi Poplin Skirt Details, £9.99 (was £29.99) | Zara
 

Chiffon Skirt With Lace, £29.99 | H&M
 

Marrion Full Lace Skirt, £150 | Whistles

Textured Full Skirt, £50 (was £160) | Whistles

Petulia Pleated Skirt, £65 (was £120) | Reiss

Full Cotton Midi Skirt, £39 | Warehouse

Raise Your Waistline

From mom jeans to culottes, waistlines are only getting higher with each season, so try pairing with a crop top for a modest, vintage-inspired take on the trend.

 

MOTO Bleach Mom Jeans, £40 | Topshop
 

Linen Palazzo Trousers, £29.99 (were £59.99) | Mango
 

Skinny High Ankle Jeans, £7.99 | H&M
 

Textured High-Waisted Trousers, £40 (were £130) | Whistles
 

Drawstring Trousers, £25.99 | Zara
 

High-Waisted Trousers, £29.99 | Zara

Supersize Your Skirt

A whimsical holiday look, a floaty long skirt teamed with an ab-flashing crop top is perfect for warm summer evenings. Don’t be scared to bare a slice of midriff – your concealed legs will balance it out.

 

Maxi Skirt, £17 (was £32) | Miss Selfridge
 

Lola Skirt, £195 | Ghost
 

Long Skirt With Lace Trim, £9.99 (was £29.99) | Zara
 

Pleated Maxi Skirt, £45 | Jovonna
 

Ribbed Metallic Maxi Skirt, £30 (was £60) | French Connection
 

Tulle Maxi Skirt, £110 | Needle & Thread

Opt For A Wide Leg

A statement flare or wide-leg trouser is the perfect accompaniment to a cropped offering. Keep the palette neutral for a simple day or night look.

 

Emma Crepe Wide-Leg Trousers, £44 (were £110) | French Connection
 

Wide-Leg Palazzo Trousers, £55 | Topshop
 

Striped Cotton Trousers, £17.99 (were £35.99) | Mango
 

Wide-Leg Trousers, £65 | Topshop
 

Wide Trousers, £49.99 | H&M
 

Teleri Structured Culottes, £69 (were £129) | Coast

 

SL's Crop Top Edit:

Zahara Structured Top, £89 | Coast

Sequin Crop Top, £60 | True Decadence

Cotton Crop Top, £12.99 (was £35.99) | Mango
 

Off-The-Shoulder Crop Top, £19.99 | H&M
 

Ruffled Crop Top, £21 | Wal G
 

Crop Top, £19.99 | H&M

Alea Textured Crop Top, £60 (was £145) | L.K. Bennett

One-Shoulder Cropped Crepe Top, £140 (was £280) | Tibi

Crop top, £15.99 | Mango
 
 
 
 
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