Some outfit combinations are “foolproof” – i.e. the styling has been tried and tested time and again the look simply works. I love this kind of outfit, even though the combo itself is nothing new, because you know it’s going to look good, and you can still put your own spin on it with the details. I’m going to start posting these foolproof combos on a regular basis, and decided to start with a current fave. The crop top/full skirt combo popped up a while back, and I’ve LOVED it ever since first spotting the look. In fact, I remember styling a very similar look for myself as a pre-teen in the late 90’s, for my middle school graduation party!! It was a giant midi length tutu skirt (in black) with a baby pink cropped tank and cardigan. I remember my mother did not like the outfit, but I thought it was awesome, and definitely unique in my small suburban town. Anyway, the look has been going strong, but I wouldn’t say it’s played out just yet. Midi skirts and crop tops are still trending, and I’m not surprised because it’s easy to make these pieces work for you. The key with a big, full midi skirt is to make sure it sits high on your waist at the narrowest part (typically above your belly button). That way the skirt ensures waist emphasis and flares out from there, creating a nice curvaceous line for your lower body. Equally as important, your crop top will not actually bare that much skin, because the skirt has you covered 😉 You don’t want more than a few inches of skin peeking out, and certainly not your belly button…Noooo low slung skirts with drop tops okay?!? That’s not the modern (or decent) way to rock this silhouette. I always recommend topping off this look with heels (unless you’re super tall) because otherwise the midi skirt can stunt you, and of course heels are the more sexy, feminine choice. Avoid an oversized bag with this look and stick to something ladylike and demure, like a mini bag or a minaudière.
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Photography by Jessica Kircher