|Top: Asos. Trousers: Lafayette 148 New York.|
I admit that when I saw Balenciaga's spring RTW collection featuring crop top after covetable, crop top, I fell into a bit of a panic. After all, I don't have K. Stew's lean lines. I eat. I bloat. Sometimes I suffer from muffin top thanks to the acute waist-to-hip crescendo of my voluptuous Latina frame. But Balenciaga's impeccable runway styling made midriffs seem powerful in a highly sophisticated form of sexy that I absolutely NEEDED to channel this season. Luckily, clever styling can make belly baring accessible to those of us with curves:
Last note: In this case, less is more when it comes to accessories. You don't want a single hint of whimsy or boho here. You want polished and streamlined, so go with minimalist accessories that are large enough to hold thier own.
|Earrings: Kendra Scott. Lucite Bangle: Gift (Thanks, Mommy!). Ring: Sale Rack (3444 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, FL 33133). Clutch: Francesco Biasia. Vintage. Available now in The Shoppe!|
Tip 1: Wear it with high-waisted bottoms. Even without a taut tummy, pairing a crop top with a high-waisted bottom will effectively highlight the tiniest part of your body, while hiding a not-so-tiny pouch. Plus, high-waisted bottoms make it easy to get away with wearing Spanx when you've gone particulary hard on the doughnuts (guilty!).
|Pumps: Aldo Shoes.|
Tip 2: Balance the look by going a little conservative with your bottom. Try wide-leg jeans or trousers, or a pencil or midi skirt, which all have the nice benefit of masking thick thighs. Steer clear of pairing a crop top with mini skirts or short shorts; that'll only serve to take you from Beyoncé to Britney.