Spring Must-Try Trend: Crop Tops and Bandeaux

Jil Sander, Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Jil Sander, Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

The midriff is having a moment this season.  I’ll admit—as a woman who is over 30 and will never be mistaken for a fitness model, watching this trend gain momentum filled me with abject terror.

However, there are ways of making this look work beyond the catwalk for those of us without supermodel bodies (or limitless confidence).

These styles are easiest to wear with high-waist skirts, shorts, or trousers. Pencil skirts and cropped, pleated pegged trousers are especially good with midriff-baring styles. Keep it contemporary by showing a flash of midriff, rather than your entire belly.

Method 1: Layering Underneath

Les Copains Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

Les Copains Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN

The safest way to rock a crop is by layering it. Try a cropped sweater or tee over a longer lace or jersey camisole. That way you get the waist-defining silhouette with none of the exposure. 

Method 2:  Wear It Under a Low Neckline

Trussardi Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Trussardi Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Control your exposure by layering a bandeau under a plunging tank or dress. Experiment with different color combinations and necklines.

Method 3: Wear it with a Jacket on Top

Chanel Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2014. Image Courtesy of WGSN.

Wear a jacket or cardigan over your cropped top. This gives a decent amount of coverage, and gives you the freedom to button up, if you start to feel overexposed.

Method 4: Layer it Under Something Sheer

Lindsay of That Je Ne Sais Quoi in a Hanky Panky Bandeau with Sheer Top and Pencil Skirt

Lindsay of That Je Ne Sais Quoi in a Hanky Panky Bandeau with Sheer Top and Pencil Skirt

Wearing a bandeau, longline or cropped top under a sheer top or blouse is another great way to get the cropped look without actually exposing your midriff at all.

Get the look from Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky Audrey Lace Crop Top

Hanky Panky Audrey Lace Crop Top

Our banded lace crop top looks great on its own or layered. The wide, ballerina neckline can be worn on top of or off the shoulder. Available in Black and Teaberry.

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bandeau

Hanky Panky Signature Lace Bandeau

Our Signature Lace lined bandeaux are great layered under a sheer top, plunging neckline, or jacket.  A soft mesh lining gives you coverage. Smaller-busted and augmented women can wear it on its own, while fuller-busted girls may prefer to wear it layered over a more utilitarian strapless bra.

-Larissa, Senior Designer

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