In case you didn't get the memo, crop tops are IN...
...and seemingly here to stay. Yes, they can be hard to pull off and, yes, they can be impractical, but at the end of the day, they will be filling the runways and streets for months to come.
For you skeptics, there is some good news. The crop top resurgence will force you to play with proportions and take a step outside of your comfort zone. And let's be honest, that's how most great outfits start.
TO THE GYM:
It's time to show off your hard work by flashing your abs at the gym. Not only will your exposed tummy keep you cool, but it's a great motivator to keep crunchin'.
TO THE OFFICE:
Yes, you can wear a crop top to the office -- all you need is a little imagination and something high-waisted to ensure you're not showing too much skin. If you're uncomfortable, try throwing on a long shirt underneath to make it more work appropriate.
TO THE PARK:
Not in the mood to wear a bikini? A crop top can provide a little extra coverage, while still allowing you to work on your tan. Opt for a pair of high-waisted denim cut offs and a backless crop top so your legs and back can catch some rays.
Aritzia Sunday Best Stoker Blouse, $24; Topshop Moto Bleach Ripped Mom Shorts, $64; Tibi Mina Sandal, $395; Zara Perforated Mini Shopper, $59; Dannijo Bracelet (similar here); Vintage Sunglasses (similar here)
Let's face it, you can wear basically anything you want to brunch. But it's fun to go light and bright in the summer. A pair of roomy white culottes and a frilly top will ensure you don't look like you're trying too hard.
Topshop Broderie Frill Bralet Top, $52; Zara Studio High-Waisted Cropped Palazzo Trousers, $79; Trademark Pajama Sandal, $225; Lillot Brasilia Bracelet, $135; Lillot Brasilia Ring, $65; Vale 14K Skinny Textured Ring, $95; Rue Gembon Bea Necklace, $50; Rue Gembon Hazel Necklace, $45
TO A SUMMER PARTY:
Jeans and a crop top is just about the easiest outfit to wear to a summer gathering. But you should always bring a jacket for chillier evenings.
Topshop Sateen Bomber Jacket, $110; Topshop V-Neck Cutaway Tile Crop Top, $68; Topshop Fray Straight Leg Jeans By Boutique, $110; Pink & Pepper Fantasic Flat Sandal, $29; Katra Awad Noir Venus Necklace, $57; Dannijo Ring (similar here)
ON A DATE:
If there is one life situation that almost begs for a crop top, it's date night. Balance your exposed midriff with a longer hemline and a boxy blazer so you're not showing too much skin.
TO A FORMAL EVENT:
Believe it or not, you can wear a crop top to a wedding without pissing off the bride. Just make sure it doesn't look like you're wearing a crop top. The only time we should see skin is when you're waving your arms on the dance floor.
All photographs by: Raydene Salinas/HPMG
Model: Katra Awad; Stylist: Michelle Persad; Assistant: Chanel Parks; Hair & Makeup: Raydene Salinas/Chanel Parks