Styling Tip to Try: Layer a Crop Top Over a Shirt

Two tops are better than one!
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Crop tops have been one of the biggest trends of recent years, and you probably have several sitting in your closet, waiting for warmer weather. But they don't have to sit idle till May. Take a cue from celebs and street style stars alike and pop your crop tops, bustiers, and bralettes over more substantial tops.

From rocking a shell-like crop top over a button-up like a vest to throwing a delicate bralette over a tee, the possibilities are endless. I've styled three fab outfits with crop tops over shirts below to give you some ideas.

Outfit #1

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Products: Crop top, Shirt, Jeans, Booties, Bag, Necklace.

I love this bold look, which proves a patterned, off-the-shoulder crop top is way more versatile than it seems.  Rock this outfit to brunch, a daytime date, or even class. I could totally see Carrie Bradshaw wearing this outfit!

A white button-down is the go-to option for layering under crop tops. The structure and classic polish create cool contrast with the sexy, trendy outer layer. Pair with BF jeans and booties and you're ready to go, but the look is even better with glam touches like pearls and a bold bag.

Outfit #2

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Products: Crop top, Tee, Jeans, Booties, Earrings.

For an edgier, more relaxed vibe, throw a strapless or spaghetti-strap top over a classic white tee. Leave the tee untucked and pair with skinnies.

For day, booties and one great piece of jewelry, like these big earrings, are all you need (a big cuff or cool pendant could take their place nicely, too).  For night, add heels and a chain strap bag.

Outfit #3

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Products: Crop top, Blouse, Skirt, Booties, Bag, Earrings.

This look is preppy with an edge. I love the contrast of this lacy, cropped shell with rock-and-roll black booties and black-and-white stripes. And while this look would work with a button down underneath, the bow tie of the blouse adds an extra layer of interest, not to mention a Blair-Waldorf-esque vibe. 

You could technically make this look with any sleeveless top layered over a long-sleeve blouse, but a boxy crop top prevents the layering from looking lumpy. An A-line skirt is so pretty with this look, and, like the crop top, defines your waist. Add fun accessories like a contrasting bag and quirky studs.

What do you think?

Have you tried layering a crop top over a shirt? Are you inspired to by this post? Which look is your fave? Let me know in the comments!

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