Monday, July 28, 2014

Outfit of the Day - The Crop Top

This season, the crop top is back in fashion, and it's back with a vengeance. The main questions I'm sure you've all be having are as follows:
  1. How the heck can you style a crop top without flashing the flesh?
  2. Is it possible to wear it without looking like a 90's grunge queen?
  3. Do you need rockin abs?
I think (fingers crossed you'll agree) that I've sussed this one, or at least I'm certainly taking a step in the right direction, although you'll have to forgive my rather nonplussed expression, it was incredibly incredibly warm. Anyways, lets take a look shall we?
Today I'm wearing:

Skirt: Primark - High-waisted Skirt with Panel Detailing - £13
Top: River Island  - Crop Top - £10
Shoes: Primark
Bag: Marks & Spencer

As you can see, the skirt is high-waisted and sits just above my belly button. This means that the skirt is sitting at the narrowest point on my body. This is a big plus for me for a number of reasons, the first of which being, you don't need rockin abs as most of your stomach is covered up. The second is that it works to hide a food baby which is unavoidable when pottering about with me. Ladies don't look at me in disgust, it happens to the best of us, especially after one to many ice creams.
On closer inspection, you can see this crop top is really floaty so it's not in keeping with the whole 90's grunge thing which is a look I was keen to avoid at this stage. I'm not massively body confident (who is in this day and age) so a body con crop top was never going to be my weapon of choice in trying out the trend either.

As this particular top is pretty sheer, I've popped a more fitted top underneath to preserve my modesty (ha!). The top is slightly longer than most of the crop tops on the market, but what this means is there is literally the tinniest gap of flesh between my skirt and top. As I've said above, as this is at the narrowest part of my body, it's naturally pretty flattering without screaming "hey there, check out my midriff why don't you!".
Now lets take a closer peek at this bargain skirt shall we? I got this at the start of Wimbledon Season, white was everywhere and I kinda wanted to be a part of that without spending a small fortune. I spotted this skirt in Primark last month and I just had to have it. The cute cut-out detailing is shaped like tiny little flowers and is a fake leather type material. This makes the skirt look so much more expensive than it actually is!

The picture above gives you more of an idea of how high waisted this skirt actually is, if I stand upright and correct my posture a little you do get more of a glimpse of my tummy, but that's not really necessary for your viewing pleasure.

I finished off my outfit with some cute cut out flats, when in London, and especially around Covent Garden, heels are not ideal. Trust.
My make-up is pretty much identical to what I was wearing in my last OOTD post, Lancome Air De Teint as my base and the Hourglass Dim Infusion on my cheeks. On my eyes I've used a couple of shades from the Chanel Les Ombres Palette in Vendome using the highlighter shade all over the lid and the lighter brown shade in my crease. 

A weapon which I added to my handbag for this trip is the Avene Thermal Water Spray which helps to refresh make-up and cool you down. It's been a total life saver on these humid days and has stopped me from over heating. I'd recommended keeping your peepers peeled for it as it's another multi-functional beauty treat.

What are your humid weather beauty tips? Do you prefer to skip make-up all together or do you pull out a Waterproof arsenal of goodies? 

Have you tried the crop top yet?


  1. Auwww you look stunning and I love the colours/style of the outfit - That's exactly something I'd wear myself..
    I do love a crop top - I wear them with maxi skirts (really flattering) and in the gym!
    During the summer I do reduce my makeup, esp face make up as there's really no reason to be 'caked' it's nice to get some natural colour :)
    p.s I couldn't reply to your last comment on my blog as I've moved url's and lost disqus! Arghh!

    1. Awwww thanks! I love wearing a crop top when working out but I always feel like my midsection isn't quite how I'd like it to look hence why I've not really had the confidence to wear one out and about!

      Got my fabletics order....not quite used to wearing such snug shorts but then I remembered it's compression!

      Loving the new blog layout, looks really professional!

      Laura x

  2. Laura, this is lovely! I really loved reading your thought process behind the outfit too. I think you're rocking the crop top, and you're wearing it akin to how I'd likely style it as well. I'm not opposed to trying a crop top, but the grunge/street-style look isn't exactly my bag. I'd want something feminine and quirky, much like your look. I think the a-line skirt and floaty crop top keep the look pretty and sweet, as opposed to bold and edgy. I also like your mindfulness of the inevitable food baby, as Kyle and I are always out to eat if we're out. lol The coral is lovely on you as well. I remember you commenting earlier in the summer that you don't wear a lot of bright colors but that you've been told you look good in coral. Indeed you do! LOVE this look on you! Have a great week!

    <3 Liz

    1. Thanks Liz!

      I don't think I quite have the confidence to don a super fitted crop top yet, but who knows, with a high waisted number it could look ok?

      Ha, oh yes, the food baby. I actually went out for dinner that afternoon and was so glad this outfit wasn't overly fitted! I love my food and I'd never compromise on good grub for the sake of looking trim in an outfit.

      Wow, you have a great memory! I did say people thought I would like in coral - I guess the mystery is now solved - I do ;p

      Hope you're having a lovely week as well! It's still hot and sticky down in London!

      Laura x


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