Kimono: Forever 21 (loving this one here, here, and here) | Crop: Forever 21- here (loving this one here, and here) | Distressed Levis: Urban Outfiters | Booties- Nasty Gal (almost identical version here) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff- here | Watch: Michael Kors | Necklace: Rue 21 (super old) | Rings: Forever 21/Random finds | Sunnies: Rayban
Ohh crop tops- where do I start? The moment I saw this trend I thought to myself "Oh thats cute, lets start a trend that only models and 16 year old girls who can still eat whatever they want and not get fat can wear….now please go away". However, this trend only got more popular throughout the summer-- and I swore to myself I would never give in.
I cannot stress enough how much of an advocate I am of dressing for your body type… yes these trends are cute but why try to put 10 lbs of flour in a 5 lb sack (are you are catching my drift)? Know your body, know which cuts, silhouettes , and colors look flattering on you; and know which ones don't and stay the hell away. And if you do not know- email me, and I will gladly tell you. I am not a size 2, nor will I ever be. I have grown up playing sports my whole life, I have an athletic build and broad man shoulders (insert Mean Girls quote)- so for you girls built like me, this is how you can pull of the crop top, even into the winter. Rule #1: No more than 2 inches of skin-- Pair your crop with high waisted shorts, skirt, etc. in order to make sure that no more than 2 inches of skin is visible. Crops also come in different lengths for you girls with long torsos like me :) Rule #2: Structure- Pick a top with a structured silhouette which makes you look slimmer. Rule #3: Sleeves- this rule is especially important so you can wear your crop into winter (think with a cute high waisted full skirt…um YES), this rule is also great for you girls, like myself who have broad, athletic shoulders because spaghetti straps are not always our friend. For this look I threw a kimono over my crop top.
Kimonos also made a huge statement this season…and I have to say I am obsessed. A printed kimono can instantly change the look of any outfit-- and even better you can wear kimonos year round! Long sleeve, floor length kimonos will be a great winter staple.
Thank you so much Kayla, of Kayla Sellers Photography for snapping these pics. The pure talent you have is evident with every picture you take. Thank you for all of your support, it has seriously made me so happy/proud to watch your business grow. Everyone check out Kayla's work here -- prepare to be blown away! You are the best Kayla :)