How to Wear Crop Tops as an Adult

How to Wear Crop Tops as an Adult

How to Wear Crop Tops as an Adult

Outfit Details // top | skirt (currently sold out but here’s another fun printed one!) | similar heels | similar sunglasses | necklace

We all remember it – that moment in the late 90’s when Paris Hilton started rocking the crop top, and every teenage girl wanted to be her, and every teenage boy wanted to be with her.  Her look was so iconic that it wasn’t long until other big names (i.e. Britney Spears) caught on and began to make the look their own.  Paired with hip-hugging flare pants or leather mini skirts, crop tops were known for their sexy vibe and primarily donned to clubs or concerts.  Flash forward to current style trends, and the crop top is still very much a part of the popular crowd.  I’ll admit I’m thankful for it’s evolution, as it’s much more likely to find a crop that suits my twenty-something wardrobe now than it would have been if I had tried the trend as an adult in the 90’s.

However, there are still some that say this iconic piece isn’t suitable for adults.  I completely understand their concern.  If you pay any attention to festival style, you’ll notice an onslaught of more skimpy, lacy crops worn with body chains, ripped daisy dukes, and glitter galore.  That’s not what I’m gonna be chatting about.  I’d like to introduce you to the perfect way to wear crop tops as an adult.  You can still enjoy the style while remaining chic, modest, and mature!  I’ve ditched most of my über-tight, stretchy crops, and I’m now completely obsessed with cropped blouses – such as the one shoulder piece I wore for this outfit!

My first tip for you, if you’ve passed 21 and still wanna rock the crop: find one that either hits below your belly button, or wear higher-waisted bottoms.  I chose a high-waist midi skirt (already a very conservative piece) and paired it with my crop for a flirty summer ensemble everyone is sure to swoon over (truly – I wore this outfit on a date night recently and within 30 seconds of walking into the restaurant had 3 people compliment my look)!  The second tip to remember: find silhouettes that are either looser, or create more volume up top.  We’re not going to a rave, people.  So leave the low-cut, skin-tight pieces behind.  Think ruffles, bows, or a light amount of lace.  I’ll leave one last tip with you: don’t wear it if you aren’t comfortable with it.  This is the easiest tip to follow, but us girls sometimes make it harder than it needs to be.  Just because it’s a trend, doesn’t mean we have to wear it.  If you simply don’t care for crops, maybe opt for a fun bodysuit instead, or a blouse that can easily be tucked in.  Don’t force it if you don’t love it!

For my ladies interested in some of my favorite adult-friendly crops, look no further.  I’ve rounded up the perfect pieces at a bunch of different price points, and these are all guaranteed to add some serious fun to your summer wardrobe!

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Outfit Details // top | skirt (currently sold out but here’s another fun printed one!) | similar heels | similar sunglasses | necklace

photos by Stefanie of According to Blaire


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    Hadasah Love | Style To Love
    June 30, 2017 at 8:40 AM

    Such STUNNING photos babe! I absolutely love it…
    Have a happy day :)))
    Hadasah Love ||

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    Azanique Rawl
    June 30, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    I love this outfit girl! You look amazing

    – xo, Azanique |

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    June 30, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    SO CUTE! I love wearing crop tops in the summer!!!

    xoxo A

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    Summer Lee
    June 30, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    looove this look! that print is to die for!

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    June 30, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    You look amazing in that crop top! Love how you paired it with a fun skirt!
    xo Jessica

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    Rachael Thomas
    June 30, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    I love this top on you, and it looks beautiful with that skirt! Such a classy way to wear a crop top, and these are such great tips.

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    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary
    June 30, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    You’ve seriously styled this perfectly! Now I need this look!

    xo, Amanda |

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    June 30, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    This entire look is beyond fabulous! That skirt is beautiful and perfect for summer!

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    Anna English
    June 30, 2017 at 10:40 AM

    I love pairing crop tops with anything high waisted!

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    June 30, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Great tips! I love the way you have paired your crop top!

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    Annie Fairfax
    June 30, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    I LOVE these tips! I’ve been playing with high/low looks, and this such great advice!

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    June 30, 2017 at 12:17 PM

    I love it paired with something higher waisted, and completely agree with that tip! If I found one that worked on me, I’d definitely style it like that. This combination is absolutely darling!

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    June 30, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    this is beautiful!

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    Jordan Chapman
    June 30, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    This is an amazing crop top and I love how you paired it! This would be great for a day out with friends or even a semi-casual event! Your style is great and these are great tips!!
    Jordan xx

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    Kachet Jackson-Henderson
    June 30, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    This look is fabulous on you. Thanks for the crop top tips. I have yet to take the plunge!

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    June 30, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Love your selection of crop tops! I definitely need something a little bit more modest at my age haha! I agree a looser fit and pairing it with a high waist pant or skirt is definitely how I would wear this look.

    xo, Jo

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    Nicole @ What Nicole Wore
    June 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    These tips are spot on; I love to pair the longer crop tops with a higher waisted bottom!

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    Christine Kong
    June 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Omg I love this because I’ve been really enjoying the fun crop tops lately but felt like I was too old to rock them. But I haven’t let that stop me and been pairing them with high waisted jeans. This crop top is too pretty and I love the floral skirt with it. I am a huge fan of this outfit! xoxo, Christine

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    June 30, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    I love this post because I feel like so many people struggle with this. Love the crop trend.

    @trendyinindy ||

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    Jenna at Boston Chic Party
    June 30, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    This is such a classy way to style a crop top! I so appreciate your tips for us older ladies 😉
    xoxo, Jenna

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    Natasha Stoneking
    June 30, 2017 at 9:01 PM

    you nailed this!!! now if i could only pull it off post-two kids 😉

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    Ashley Zeal
    June 30, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    Such amazing tips!

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    Iliana Garcia
    July 1, 2017 at 12:26 AM

    Stephanie!!! I am loving your style lately – you look super chic and sophisticated. I’m always a little apprehensive about wearing crop tops and I love the way you styled this one. I love the drama on it how trendy it is. The midi skirt went perfect with it and I love the print. I want the entire look!!!

    Iliana |

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    July 1, 2017 at 1:44 AM

    Love this outfit and the print on that skirt is so beautiful!
    xo Yvonne

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    July 1, 2017 at 7:07 AM

    That crop top is so cute!! You nailed it with your tips! Crop tops can still be worn in a classy way!

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    Carolyna Bauer
    July 1, 2017 at 9:36 AM

    That skirt is so much fun!! And the heels OMG!! Want them!

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    July 1, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    I love your outfit! You wear that crop top so well and your skirt is so pretty!

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    Samantha Mariko
    July 1, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    I totally agree – there are more mature ways to style a crop top and still enjoy the style, exactly the way you did! I would totally wear a crop top with a high-waisted skirt or pants, and the ruffled one-shoulder top is a beautiful number to wear this summer season 🙂

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    July 2, 2017 at 12:41 AM

    I love how you styled this crop top! It looks perfect paired with that beautiful skirt

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    July 2, 2017 at 1:06 AM

    I am past 21 and don’t plan on giving up my crop tops any time soon! With fashion, I think it’s less about age and more about style and personality, regardless of what society may think! Nonetheless, you shared some great options for crops!

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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    July 2, 2017 at 4:03 AM

    I see no reason why a certain age should limit what you’re wearing and despite the fact that you’re NOT old, hun, you show us how it’s done even when you’ve passed 21! This crop top is as stylish as it gets with that waist high midi skirt and for everyone saying it’s only for teens or something, don’t mind them at all as you wear it with grace and beauty, just like you always do Stephanie!

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    Colleen Welsch
    July 2, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    I think that crop tops are extremely flattering because they accentuate the smallest part of your waist. For me, it’s much more flattering to wear a crop top than a long, flowy shirt! In fact, I’ve taken to tying up my shirts to make them all crop tops 🙂 Love your outfit!


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    July 2, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    I love how you styled that top! The styling is really classy. And, that skirt is absolutely adorable!

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    July 2, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Love the crop top with the full skirt. It is in great proportion. Great look.


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    Lindsey Lutz
    July 2, 2017 at 6:23 PM

    You are ROCKING that crop top, babe! SUCH a great post idea!! I always go for the higher waist option too.

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    Katherine - Engineering In Style
    July 2, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    This top is so cute!! A high waisted skirt and a crop top was my go to look a few years ago – I definitely need to break out the look again this year!

    Engineering In Style

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    July 2, 2017 at 10:09 PM

    I LOVE your tips! You made it look so classy which I love – and that skirt is incredibly gorgeous!

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    Taylor Mobley
    July 2, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    WOW girl! You look AMAZING. I love how easy to make it to copy your style. This skirt is the best compliment to that crop top!

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    July 2, 2017 at 11:13 PM

    You look adorable! I haven’t worn a crop top in a few years!

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    July 2, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    I love crop tops with highwaisted skirts and pants. Just show a sliver of skin and I’m good! Your outfit is so cute girl!

    April |

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    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    July 2, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    I love love love that top!!

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    Naomi Trevino
    July 3, 2017 at 12:12 AM

    You looks great! I wish I could get one but can’t wear them to work. Maybe I’ll get one just for fun lol

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    July 3, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Oh, I adore this look so much!! Totally rocking the corp top!

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    July 3, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Great tips! I love the ruffles on your crop top!

    cute and little

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    sarah lindner
    July 3, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Loving that print on you! super cute for summer!

    Sarah Lindner

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    July 3, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    I love crop tops! I just passed over the 21st milestone but still love to rock the croptop! My fave look is it paired with a high waisted skirt xx

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    July 4, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Absolutely love this look! You look amazing and so classy! I love to also wear a high waisted skirt with a crop top.

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    July 4, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    I love how you styled this crop top! So many great tips too! Thank you for sharing! xo

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    Jenn Hanft
    July 6, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    This one off ruffle crop top looks so chic! I love the tip of wearing something high waisted. It makes the look even more classy 🙂 I love that you paired it with this tropical styled skirt! It really compliments the white crop.

    With love, Jenn

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    Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    July 7, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    I like to wear them showing off very little skin too. You look so great in this skirt!

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    Sharon Wu
    July 10, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    i LOVE crop tops! they are amazing and i love how you wore this with a printed skirt! such a stunning look babe xo, sharon

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    Varuna Jithesh
    May 4, 2018 at 11:29 PM

    Nice and Perfect looking outfit..

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