It's summer, and that means one thing when it comes to the crop top trend: is it appropriate to wear a crop top in your 40s or over? Many of you may remember me wearing a crop top last year (and I won't be going into the whole debate again!), but as someone who believes that as long as the clothes are appropriate to the occasion and you feel good in something, then wear whatever you bloomin' well choose.
This year I'm loving the boxy crop tops - for 2014 the on-trend style seems to be a looser boxy shape as opposed to last year's tight tops - and this nautical style striped crop top ticks all the summer boxes for me. I did order the matching skirt as well because I was longing for some co-ords, but ohhhhhhh no... my large waist-to-hip ratio distorted the vertical stripes on the skirt and it did not look good on me (you need to be straight-up-and-down for that style). Goes to show I don't always know what's going to suit me every time!
The top did look much better, however, styled very simply with my skinny flares rolled up with a super-deep hem, tan accessories and my gorgeous visor-style Ray-Ban 3471 sunglasses in purple and silver (which you may have seen on my Instagram feed). As well as loving the style, they're great for driving as you don't have a thick frame blocking your view and yet a lot of sun is filtered because there's so much lens.
Have you dared to try the boxy crop top trend if you perhaps didn't feel the tight versions of last year were right for you? Do you still make any fashion faux-pas choosing things that you think will suit you - only to find you got it all wrong like I did with the skirt? Do share in the comments!
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P.S. You can see how I've worn crop tops before here, here and here to judge for yourself whether it's got anything to do with age...!
Top: c/o Front Row Shop, Jeans: Asos, Sandals: Asos (old), Ray-Bans: c/o Sunglasses Shop, Bag: c/o La Redoute, Watch: Asos. I've found a selection of skinny flare and bootcut jeans that I think would work equally well rolled with a deep hem as I've done with my Asos Lennox jeans (hopefully these will suit most colour preferences and budgets):
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