April 16, 2014

Style You: Cropped

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Looking for the perfect pair of skinny jeans? Have an event coming up and no idea what to wear? Email your fashion dilemmas to thestyleletters@gmail.com and watch this column for your post.

Dear Maria,

I'm a little nervous to try the crop top this spring. What are some "safe" ways to wear one?

~ Cara ~

(Photo via Atlantic-Pacific)

Hi Cara!

Great question. Crop tops aren't for the faint of heart, but there are ways to wear them without showing too much skin. (Or any at all, if you layer it!) This season, it's all about proportion, so here are my tips for the long and short of it.

Crop Tops 101:

There are two ways to style this trend: on its own, or as a layering piece.
  • The key to going bare is limiting your exposure  an inch of midriff, max. I prefer to pair shorter tops with high-waisted pencil skirts or trousers. Play with scale here: a fitted crop top feels so romantic with a full midi skirt, while a boxy silhouette works well with a slim cigarette pant or mid-rise denim.
  • Not everyone is comfortable showing skin – and that's ok, especially in a professional setting. Layer a crop top over a tailored button-down and looser pants or a straight skirt. An added bonus? This creates an illusion of length, which is great news for us shorter girls! 
For more crop top inspiration, read The Real Girl's Guide to Wearing a Crop Top on Who What Wear.

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April 14, 2014

Sequins & Stripes

Dear Readers,

Best. Dress. Ever.

This has to be the most favorite piece of clothing I own, hands down. (Sorry, wedding dress.) The moment I walked out of Anthropologie, I began dreaming of giant baubles, flirty peep-toes, and the perfect French twist.

A dress this elegant calls for a modern retro look, and I started with the accessories. Instead of a cocktail ring, I went with the cocktail earring. (Is that a thing? It should be.) Vintage-inspired and with a subtle tropical flair, the stones remind me of leafy palm trees. A simple sequined clutch, satin bow slingbacks, and a bold orange lip tie it all together.

I envisioned a graceful updo, but something a little less polished. Dare I say it, even a little messy. This updated French twist has all the drama and none of the fussiness of my grandma's era. A melon manicure polished to perfection keeps the retro vibe in full swing.

And you know, it just doesn't get better than sequins and stripes.

(Anthropologie Dress, Bauble Bar x Anthropologie Earrings (similar), Express Clutch (similar), Nina Shoes (similar), Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Siren)