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:

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 BeyoncĂ© to Britney.
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.


  1. You look gorgeous!! Great outfit!! Love, love, love the pants ;)

    1. Aww, THANK YOU! You totally made my day. :) XO


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