17 September 2013

DD's Style File - Cropped Top

The weather here in the northeast is straight cray cray... One minute I'm going without sleeves and turning on the AC and the next minute I need to be pulling on a knit sweater. And I'm talking major swings in temps from not only day to day, but hour to hour.

It makes getting dressed in the morning such a friggin' challenge! "Mother Nature" pick a side, will ya!

Of course, when it's warm, what can you do other than grasp the opportunity while you got it. So I pulled out this pretty peach crop top, which I picked up during my very first trip to a Nordstrom Rack while visiting Cleveland.

I would have loved to wear it with a loose linen pant or silky pajama like bottom, leaving a hint of tummy exposed, however such is not my life at the moment, so I had to primp it up to be work appropriate.

Pairing it with my high waisted skirt still didn't hide enough of my skin, so I layered a black cami underneath, tucking it into my skirt allowed for a more seamless silhouette.

Peach crop top - Nordstrom Rack
Black pencil skirt - Target (old)
Pink multi pumps - Cosmopolitan for JCP
Metallic handbag - B. Makowsky
Gold earrings - old
Gold lionhead necklace & woven cuff - The Limited
Peach watch - ALDO

These loose crop tops made more than a few appearances on the runways at NYFW for Spring 2014, so I'm sure we'll be seeing more of this style to come.

I personally think that the bell-like action around the waist can potentially be unflattering, unless the bottom portion is styled appropriately. This can be accomplished by keeping the bottom streamlined, with a pencil skirt or pant or by ensuring that your waistline gets a little visible action, if you opt for a more billowy shape on your lower half. Even still, I would suggest that this be kept to a pant, as an A-line skirt could cause an awkward shape unless perhaps, unlike me, you're an Amazonian with legs for days. And definitely go for a high waist, no matter what.

In other news, my birthday is this weekend and I seriously can't get motivated enough to decide what I want to do. I've been so burned out the past few weeks, part of me just wants to sleep (sad, yes, I know). However, I only get one birthday a year, so I definitely know I need to do something! But hey, I've got a few more days to figure it out!

I hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. I love how you made the crop top work appropriate and the peach is very flattering!

    Ms Dee Kay

    1. Thanks Dee Kay! Maximizing those wardrobe pieces is a definite MUST!