Crop top
Crop tops are fashionable, sure, but I’ll be damned if they don’t fill the best of us with at least a little fear. Many a-time have I picked up a cropped little number in Topshop thinking how cute and diddy it is. And many a time have I lost the will to live when wearing said diddy item to work only to realise that my jeans are NOT as high waisted as I thought and this has DEFINITELY crossed the line into inappropriate office midriff.

So what on earth is one to do? (Asides from scrap the idea of wearing crop tops – this is the weak answer for fashion flakes, not fashion veterans.) Fashion veterans will find a way, because, well, where there’s a will there’s a way? Crop tops don’t have to be inappropriate, too dressy or too casual. With a little bit of careful thought, the crop top can propel itself forward into fashion heaven, just have a little faith, ok? No flaking out now; we’ve come this far and the crop top hangs upon our door staring beadily at our naked tum. We WILL master it.

The Oversized Jacket (Muffin Top Hider)
One sure fire way to embrace the crop top without putting anyone off their morning coffee is to tone the nudeness down with an oversized blazer. This will stream line the stomach and hide any unwanted muffin-toppy-ness that comes with exposed midriff.

Layering (The Chicken-Out)
OK, so you really want to beat the fear and wear that crop top, wear it GOOD, but you’ve ran out of fake tan and exposing flesh would simply be an insult to any other human being. Wearing a leotard underneath a crop top (perhaps tucked into Levi cut off shorts) can work. I mean, it’s cheating and you have essentially chickened out, but whatever, your call.

The Shredded Crop Top (The Imposter)
Some tops look like crop tops, but are actually very cunning imposters to the crop top world. These mischievous items are none other than (shock horror) actual full sized tops. The trick is, they have been shredded from under-boob down. These tasselly, stringy little pieces are awesome beach wear, and cover up any corned-beaf complexion whilst simultaneously giving off the impression that they are cream of the crop top world.

So there you have it, three fantastic ways to embrace the once torturous crop top. Crop top you shall reign, less-than-average midriff… you shall not.

Brought to you by India Johnson on behalf of Luxe Models.

motel rocks
Stepping into the Motel Rocks showroom felt a little bit like the movie Clueless. And a Christmas party.

Both the brand and the women who work at the brand come in a fantastic package: they’re playful, flirty, and trend-aware. With price points that we can all afford, their Autumn/Winter collection has a lot of glitter, and a lot of print. Designed in-house, two standout prints were a Tetris-looking floral print and a smokey paint-splattered print. I think one of the best things about Motel Rocks is that if you like a print but feel that the garment itself isn’t your style, all of their prints come in a range of styles: jeans, crop tops, dresses, hot pants, jackets, and more.

On top of that, Motel is expanding into very exciting shoe territory later this year…but my lips are sealed for now!
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A stellar end to the Spring 2011 shows, Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. presentation at New York Fashion Week woke up jaded editors with both a killer reggae-theme soundtrack (Sean Paul, M.I.A., Santogold) and a vibrant collection to match.

With husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston sitting front-row, Stefani delivered an African-inspired collection that banked on bright wax-block prints splashed on everything from minidresses and crop tops to trousers and drop-crotch jumpers. Mixed in with the Africa theme were a few tailored suits and pieces reflecting Stefani’s own decade-old signature style, including midriff-baring tops, lots of punk plaids, and oversize fold-over pants.

While the collection started stronger than it ended, the showing overall – and no doubt (wink wink) the thumping beats, the knowledge that this was the last show of the week, and seeing uber-adorable Kingston run to his mother during her finale walk – had attendees leaving with smiles on their faces. View Post