Budget Stylista: Crop It Like It’s Hot


No, you’re not in the middle of some sorta funny movie where you’ve suddenly hopped into a hot tub with a few of your friends and were instantly transported back to 1989. (And all the funny parts were shown in the previews.)

But yes, crop tops are back. In a big way.

This summer we are taking a cue from Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Ditch the Lycra leotards (please tell me you’ve done so a long, LONG time ago) but hang on to those crop tops, because this summer, we will be rocking them. Hard.

Of course, there is a right way and a wrong way to rock the crop top.

Right Way: Done casual with jean shorts and a bathing suit, or over a tank with some high waisted shorts.
Right Way: Over a fitted, high-waisted skirt or a nice pair of jeans.
Wrong Way: Like this.

Really, it all comes down to pairing the right crop top with the right bottom and, of course, wearing your hot ’80s inspired ‘fit with an extra dose of confidence. Not quite sure how to pull this off? Here are a few ideas to get you through the summer months.

Cropped Yet Covered
This is a great option for those who would really rather not show off their recent finals binge in a crop top but still want a similar look. It’s loose throughout and a bit longer in back but still has that cropped feel. Pair with a pair of fitted jeans (it’s always important to keep the bottoms fitted when the top is loose!) and I’m loving these blue/wood shoes paired with the yellow. Plus those heels? Ferosh.

Product Information: Top – Lulus.com, $25; Jeans – Gap, $69.50; Shoes – Forever 21, $25.80.

I’m (Cropped) on a Mother F**king Boat
Yet another reason to love primary colors: this outfit. The red crop top with the navy high waisted shorts and yellow boat shoes is perfect for a summer day… on a boat. If red isn’t your color, Navy and hot pink are totally adorbs, too, and for $15 a shirt, why not get two?

Product Information: Top – American Apparel, $15;  Shorts – American Apparel, $38; Shoes – Forever 21, $19.80.

Beach Cropped
My favorite of all the crop top looks, take the vintage looking tee and a pair of tattered jean shorts, throw ’em over your bathsuit, grab your Walkman and scrunchies and hit the beach! I love the total ’80s throwback of this outfit. Minus the Walkman part. I mean, you can still look adorably ’80s and rock out to your iPod, right?

Product Information: Shirt – Top Shop, $28;  Bikini Top – Forever 21, $10.80;  Bikini Bottom – Forever 21,  $9.80; Shorts – Delia’s, $37.50; Shoes – Charlotte Russe, $7.

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