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Forever 21 crop top, J.Crew skirt (last styled here) + flats (here in pink) + bracelet (no longer available, but loving this one), Sweet & Spark bracelet

If you had asked me a year ago if I would ever wear a crop top I would have thought you were bat crazy. The thought of showing my stomach in public still terrifies me, quite frankly. Bathingsuits are another story. The beach, for me, is an “almost anything goes” environment, but the streets of San Francisco, no ma’m. Ever since I bought this adorable high waisted skirt, i’ve been wanting to play with different ways to pair it. The cheeky print and adorable flared length lent itself perfectly to a slight Parisian pairing, of a gingham crop top.

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Not wanting to spend too much money on this trend, I stuck with Forever 21 for my first try. When choosing a crop top I intentionally shied away from clingy or spandex fabrics. I knew I would feel slightly uncomfortable so extra pulling and tightness didn’t sound appealing. I also looked for a top with a tie that hung low. This would, in my mind, provide some extra coverage in the center of the stomach. Delusional?  Maybe. But I loved this look and wore it all day through the city with no crazy stares or discomfort!

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If you can see by this close up photo, the crop top really isn’t too cropped on my short-torso frame. It only really shows about an inch of skin given how high I have the skirt placed. Perhaps one day i’ll experiment with more skin.

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Would you wear the crop top? Tell me how you would style it!

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