We’re taking five summertime events and showing you how to wear the official clothing item of the season—a crop top—to each one. No turning back on your abs exercises now.
On and Off the Beach
A crop top bathing suits does double duty as a regular item of clothing off the beach, too. Just pair it with a denim skirt, slip on your slides, then explore the boardwalk.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Marle-Louise Striped Cotton Bikini, $385; lisamariefernandez.com
Tomas Maier Denim Skirt, $259; mytheresa.com
Proud Mary Fringe Slide Sandal, $148; proudmary.org
Abacá Kahun Basket, $25; needsupply.com
Raen Benson Sunglasses, $170; raen.com
A collar makes your cropped shirt look work-appropriate, even more so if it’s paired with high-waist trousers. Wear with office necessities like a structured bag and killer pumps, and you’re good to go.
Alexander Wang Striped Crop Top, $250; farfetch.com
Whistles Nell Split Front Trouser, $170; whistles.com
Sam Edelman Telsa d’Orsay High Heel Pumps, $120; bloomingdales.com
Tory Burch Sawyer Calf Hair Small Shoulder Bag, $658; toryburch.com
Saskia Diez Barbelle Gold-Plated Choker, $285; net-a-porter.com
For a Summer Wedding
Skip your go-to wedding guest attire in favor of a top and skirt set this season. It’s equally formal, but breaks your streak of wearing the same dress to the 72 weddings you have lined up.
H&M Short Ruffled Top, $30; hm.com
H&M Ruffled Chiffon Skirt, $70; hm.com
Rene Caovilla Tourmaline Thong Sandal, $1,260; modaoperandi.com
Kayu Jen Clutch, $208; shopbop.com
Adornmonde Isah Gold Butterfly Stud Earrings, $70; adornmonde.com
On a Hike
For outdoor activities, skip the unnecessary layer of a drifit tee and wear a longline sports bra instead. Nothing makes you feel like hiking Runyon Canyon quite like a matching sports top and leggings.
P.E Nation The Big Ticket Cropped Vest, $78; farfetch.com
P.E Nation Centre Pass Leggings, $93; farfetch.com
Uniqlo Pocketable Parka, $40; uniqlo.com
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack, $29; patagonia.com
Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP Hiking Boot, $240; amazon.com
If you’re spending a day exploring a new town, keep to an outfit that can easily transition from location to location. A cute crop top paired with straight-leg jeans is comfy for a two-hour drive, but polished enough for an upscale lunch.
Rosie Assoulin Picot-Trimmed Checked Seersucker Bustier Top, $498; net-a-porter.com
M.I.H Jeans Cult Croped High-Rise Straight leg Jeans, $225; net-a-porter.com
Dragon Diffuson for J. Crew Woven Ballet Flats, $168; jcrew.com
A.P.C. Half Moon Leather Cross-Body Bag, $333; matchesfashion.com
Dinosaur Designs Rock Swirl and Sand Art Set of Two Resin Bracelets, $175; net-a-porter.com