How to Rock a Crop Top Without Gisele's Abs

There are girls who religiously go to Soul Cycle every morning and drink green juice for breakfy. And then there's me. For those of us who don’t live at the gym, the thought of wearing a crop top can be a bit intimidating. And while crop tops seemed to be of the shor-lived trendy variety, these midriff tops aren't going anywhere — even the fall lines have shorter hem on their sweaters.
But, you don't have to become a gym rat to play with proportions this season. While we can’t rewind time to do those extra sets of sit-ups, I've figured out a few styling tricks that'll help you and me fake it until next summer.
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Pairing your crop top with a high-waisted bottom will leave less skin exposed and cover up any "problem" areas. High-waisted bottoms also create the illusion of a sleeker silhouette by focusing in on the smallest part of your waist. ASOS Sweatshirt Cropped With Studs, $22.78, available at ASOS.
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You can also wear it with a vest or denim jacket to cover up those tough-to-tighten obliques while still flashing a bit of skin. ASOS Glamorous Crop Top, $11.81, available at ASOS.
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A crop top in a bigger size and more relaxed fabric can result in a looser and more forgiving crop top silhouette. Topshop Lace Hem Crop Sweater, $68, available at Nordstrom.
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Photo: Courtesy of ASOS.
If all else fails, wear a complementary button-down shirt underneath a loose-fitting crop. This is a safe way to indulge in the trend without worrying about your waistline.

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