Class to Night Out: Crop Top

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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column will focus on one piece per week, and teach you how to take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

The crop top has come a long way since the '90s, making its way from a crucial piece in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume to a spring and summer wardrobe staple. And okay, I'll admit it, I know it's not actually summer yet, but I'm experiencing an unseasonably warm spring, and I've been itching to pull out my summer wardrobe, including my new crop top! Crop tops are unique, fun, and a little flirty - they give off that totally effortless, laid-back summer vibe.

Initially, the thought of wearing a crop top terrified me. I'm always nervous about showing more than a little skin, but lately I've noticed that crop tops have been popping up in a variety of different styles and lengths that can suit just about everybody. That's why this week I've decided to conquer my fear and style two looks featuring a crop top, one for day, and one for night.

Crop Top: Class

How to wear a crop top for class with aqua jeans, a black tank, wood bangles and brown ankle boots


Top, Tank, Jeans, Boots, Bangles

I chose this crop top because it's fairly conservative in length, but the fun graphic and print keep it edgy. For class, it's important to give off a somewhat professional vibe, so wearing a tank under your crop top is necessary. A simple black tank works fine with a detailed top like this one, but obviously there are thousands of possible combinations! Add colored jeans, like this super bright aqua pair, for a wild look that's on trend but still class-appropriate. Finish off the look with simple slouchy ankle boots and boho-esque wood bangles.

Crop Top: Night Out

How to wear a crop top for a party/night out with dark wash jeggings, a neon yellow cross body bag, brown ankle booties, and feather earrings and necklace


Top, Jeggings, Bag, Boots, Necklace, Earrings

For night, prepare to get a little wild and wear your crop top sans-tank. Of course, if you're still not totally comfortable with the idea of baring a little tummy, you can always wear a tank top underneath for a cute layered look. A pair of dark wash jeggings give the look more structure and provide a nice contrast to the more revealing top.

Now it's time to accessorize! To keep the look fresh for night, try out a pair of super-high ankle booties in a neutral tone. I'm a huge fan of this pair because they look like amped-up hiking boots! Natural feather earrings and a feathered necklace emphasize the outdoor music festival vibe of this look, while a neon bag ties everything together with a great pop of color.

Your Thoughts?

How do you wear crop tops? Be sure to let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, I'd love to hear what you think!