Click through for eight tips to help you master this season's biggest—and in some ways, smallest—trend, the crop top.
1. Knot a non-cropped top.
Don't feel like investing in a trend you're not sure you'll actually wear? DIY your own crop top by knotting the hem of your favorite slightly oversized tee or button-up! Click through to shop the look
Pairing high-waisted pants, shorts or a skirt with your crop top is a good idea for multiple reasons: not only will it draw attention to your naturally narrowest point and minimize the potential for any muffin top-style spillover, but it'll also ensure that only a sliver of skin is actually on display. Click through to shop the look.
Ultra-fitted crop tops with sports bra-style cuts aren't for the faint of heart. If you're a crop top newbie, you'll likely feel more confident in a cut that's boxier and in a sturdy, non-clingy fabric. Try a version in leather, swingy poplin or a chunky knit. Click through to shop the look.
Nervous about showing skin? Throw a boyfriend-style blazer, leather moto, longline vest or cool coat (or, if you're feeling particularly bold, a pair of overalls) on over that abbreviated top. The proportion play will instantly downplay the effect of all that midriff—and make you feel a whole lot more comfortable, too. Click through to shop the look.
Itching—but still a bit apprehensive—to try a fitted bustier-style crop top? Layer one over a tee, tank, silk button-up or turtleneck. The overall effect will be every bit as chic—and far less skimpy. Click through to shop the look.
Guess what: crop tops don't actually have to bare your belly! There are plenty of longer options on the market; additionally, try wearing one as a lightweight layer over a spaghetti-strapped dress for some added dimension. Click through to shop the look.
By picking a coordinating set—either a printed or solid-colored crop top paired with matching shorts, pants or skirt—some of the visual attention is diverted from your exposed midriff. It'll almost feel (and look) as though you're wearing a dress or jumpsuit—seriously! Click through to shop the look.