Wearing a crop top to work and how to style it


Believe it or not, you can get away with wearing a crop top and not look like you shrunk your favourite shirt while washing it! The secret is about what you match the crop top with to make a complete look. While you are missing a few inches from the hem of your shirt, you have to ensure your waistline makes up for it or you have a long enough layer underneath to wear it.

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While the days are still hot and summer is in full swing wearing you want to take advantage of the shorter hemline in your tops and forgo the longer layers underneath. Instead of those, opt for high waisted bottoms and skirts to compensate for your missing shirt!

If you are going to be wearing a crop top in the office, you want to make sure your undershirt or layering piece isn’t going to be making any unwanted appearances. Instead of choosing a full length undershirt, try a crop with full coverage. Nudy Patooty’s Crop Top offers the Sweat_Secret™ Technology in the underarm to make sure you stay sweat free, however, it does all this with only half the shirt so you don’t have to worry about added bulk at your waistline with high-waist bottoms.


1. Feeling Feminine: Crop Top & Skirt

A high waist pencil skirt is work-place appropriate. This charcoal mix colouring skirt from Nicole Miller will stand out amongst the sea of black while also helping to hide any unwanted bumps and lines. Pair it with a dusty pink crop top in a loose-fitting silhouette will help to balance out the fitted bottom. The flowing sleeves on the top will keep your shoulders and top of arms covered, without being restricting.

2. Paper-bag Waist: Crop Top & Culottes

If you feel brave or want to mix things up, a wide leg culotte or trouser look great with a structured crop top. These beige paper-bag waist culottes from Zara are a great end of season transitioning piece, with the light beige making it a neutral colour to pair with the rest of your wardrobe. With a wide bottom, you want to make sure you top is structured and narrow fit. This will prevent you from looking like a balloon and rocking the wide leg pant. If the top comes just below the waistline of the bottoms, try a simple front tuck of the shirt. This will stop unwanted bulk around the waist, but tailor in the shirt to show off your great shape. 

3. Pinstripes all around: Crop Top & Trouser

Everyone should own a great pair of high waist peg leg trouser. It is an excellent, year-round trouser that can be worn with just about anything. This pinstripe navy pair is fun and practical, without being too much of either. With a narrower leg, you can get away with a loose-fitting crop top. This long sleeve sheer white stripe top from Club Monaco continues the stripes up from the bottoms helping elongate the figure while being so subtle people will barely notice. 

Be daring, and wear the crop top to the office. Choose fabrics that are structured and professional like silk, cotton, linen and wool for the most appropriate office attire. However, play with your shirts colours and silhouettes to mix things up!

Happy Sunday,

Nudy Patooty xx


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