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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Trend Trials



I've always believed that not every trend works for every person, which is why I usually pick a few to try out each season (like peplum & menswear) and let the others go (like wedge sneakers & overalls).  The new wave of crop tops really had me intrigued, but I wanted to test the waters a bit before I actually purchased one.  So, I temporarily altered a top I already owned by folding it under & securing with double-stick tape.  Paired with a longer-length full skirt, it comes off as polished & sophisticated without showing too much skin.  These pointed pumps finished off the ladylike look perfectly - I still can't get over how comfortable they are!  Because they have such a gorgeous rich suede finish, I took the time to treat them with this protector so they'll hold up even better as I wear them through the fall.






What I'm wearing:
Zara top (similar long sleeveshort sleevesleeveless or dress option here), 
TopShop skirt (similar savespendsplurge), c/o Sole Society Elisa Pumps, Forever 21 clutch (similar),  
A.V. Max Cuff c/o Lemon Stripes, Ralph Lauren sunglasses (similar), Lips: NARS Velvet Matte Roman Holiday
Nails: Essie Flawless

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53 comments :

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

OK...THIS IS MY FAVE OUTFIT EVER. LOVE love LOVE!!! I have also avoided the wedge sneakers so far although I did come DANGEROUSLY close to buying the overalls. =)

XOXO, Jenn
The Stylish Housewife

Ashley said...

What a great idea! I love the crop top look and I still haven't found a crop top that I like that is plain and feminine! I should definitely look through my woredrobe and find a top that I can roll up and pin. This is a lovely outfit..

Xo,
Sincerely Miss Ash

Natali said...

Great clutch and skirt! You look pretty!

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Shira said...

Omg you look so so so beautiful. A crop top is not a trend I will ever try (I don't have the body for it and also don't feel comfortable with it in general) but you pull it off amazingly well and I love that you show just a hint of skin with such a beautiful and classy skirt... so you still look so classy! I want to steal that skirt right off you!

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emily ralph said...

Gorgeous! and what a great idea to temporarily alter something to try out the crop top! why didn't I think of that? :) also, I came home today to my copy of "Lucky" and it was very cool to see you in the Almay ad!

Ladies in Navy said...

this is just so beautiful on you - the shapes and crop are unexpected!
kw ladies in navy

Patricia loves fashion said...

Lovely outfit :))

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Umm...genius! I love this outfit! The "crop" top is perfect and the skirt is so pretty!
~Jessica
Jeans and a Teacup

Fash Boulevard said...

oh my goodness, that skirt is all kinds of fabulous. Chic, classic, and always on trend. Love it! If you get a sec, I'm sharing my Vanity Fair feature on my blog today. :) xo

www.fashboulevard.com

Stephanie X said...

lovely outfit! the skirt is very pretty.
xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

Sofia Donatelli said...

what a cute purse.

Sofia

Stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

FashionFlirt said...

This outfit looks so lovely! The skirt is simply amazing!

http://fashionflirtblog.blogspot.de/

chic Saturday by Kelly said...

Oooh la la love this! Very Mad Men in it's glam feel and ladylike essence. The colors work so beautifully together, just the right transition into autumn. Your hair looks fabulous with that slight bit of wave to it as well...thanks Kim!

xo,
Kelly from Chic Saturday

Erin @ Thanks, I Made It said...

double stick tape to make a crop top is genius! definitely works well with a more structured top like yours.

Chelsea I. said...

This is totally crop top done right! Love the polished yet fun vibe this look gives off!

Classy Chic & Chardonnay
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Tiffany M* said...

I absolutely LOVE this look on you! You can seriously pull off a crop top without a worry! Also madly crushing on this skirt-the print is stunning and the lightness and flow is heavenly. I seriously need to come live in your closet-so many stunning pieces!
beijos,
Tiffany
www.beijostiffany.com

Kristina said...

I love that you're just showing a hint of midriff. Your diy crop top is too cute!

Kristina does the Internets

Merritt said...

totally agree with you on crop tops - the less skin it shows, the prettier it is!

The Style Scribe

memoirsofanesha said...

You are so beautiful. This outfit from head to toe is just simply divine. So so chic!

Lauren said...

What a great idea! I've been really on the fence about crop tops as well, but now I can try it out before committing to a purchase!

Lauren
Fizz and Frosting

Becky Nally said...

Great idea to try out the trend! I also love the crop top trend but am unsure if I feel comfortable pulling it off.BTW...I need that clutch!

Becky
http://thefluffreport.blogspot.com

Rachael said...

You look amazing! I LOVE this crop top and skirt pairing with the lucite clutch! So gorg!

Rachael said...

You look amazing! I LOVE this crop top and skirt pairing with the lucite clutch! So gorg!

TaraMixandMatch said...

What you did with the top was a great idea...this looks awesome on you!

Dahlia said...

Loving that outfit!

Dahlia
http://xlelamaa.blogspot.fi/

Megan, TfDiaries.com said...

love that top Xo, Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

honestly, b. said...

Wow— I totally believed that was a true crop-top! Good job! Looks great on you. I like to pair crop-tops with high-waisted shorts and skirts.

xo honestlyb.com

Holly Sweetman said...

What a brilliant idea with the double sided tape! Looks great on you!

xoxo
Scuttle
http://myscuttle.blogspot.com/

Berty Morales said...

Simply stunning! Love the skirt but also that cropped top is amazing.

Christina Heflin said...

I love how you translated this trend and made it more sophisticated. I would have never thought to simply fold a shirt, it looks great with the skirt, I love it!

http://simpleeasystyle.blogspot.com/

Kayla Gilbert said...

You look like perfection in your crop top! Love how you DIYed that! You are just so flippin' amazing Kim! Hugs!

Kayla
www.lovelucygirl.com

Alyson said...

i'm obsessed with this outfit...FAVORITE!! This is gorgeous, and love how you made it look age appropriate with a longer skirt, too. PINNING this to death. :)

Rachel Lynne said...

NICE! Look at you go! I would have never thought to do that and it looks amazing! :) Love it paired with this skirt... the right way to do crop tops in my opinion because this is so classy!

Lacey Maffettone said...

I love that you made your own crop top! You look fantastic! I got those heels as well. Cannot wait to style them!

xoxo
Lacey :)
http://alaceyperspective.com

Hannah said...

SO classy! This look is very "50's" and I'm loving it.
Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

sarahsreallife said...

You MIGHT be a genius!!! I've been getting closer and closer to liking the idea of a crop top but I just wasn't sure I wanted to spend money on one if I would never wear it. Why didn't I think of this?! Thanks :)

~ Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

Daisy Gem said...

LOVE this. Creative idea on trying out a crop top without looking like a tween!

-Jenny

Madeline Veloria said...

This is my favorite way to wear a crop top :) Plus, I'm loving the strong shoulders of the blouse!!

Veloria in Velvet
www.veloriainvelvet.wordpress.com

Lexi said...

I love that you made your own crop top + this outfit is so fantastic on you!
xx lexi @ glitter, inc.

michelle said...

i have those pumps in navy from last year. i think i need this color this year. they are so comfortable and cute!

Lu Ross said...

What an amazing idea! This crop top looks so beautiful on you and it's perfect with this skirt. The shoes are gorgeous too. Lovely pictures and outfit!

http://thefashioness.com/

smk053078 said...

Two words....NAILED IT! This is definitely one of my faves from you...who would have thought that a crop top could look elegant??? You have changed my mind about them! GORG!!

Megan said...

seriously. per-fect.

www.lovechampagnetaste.blogspot.com

-Megan

Alice Warren said...

The crop top trend is not for me but I think by pairing it with a full skirt, it looks so pretty & feminine!

Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

sheerembellished said...

I love this outfit! The clutch is fabulous!

Shreya Kulkarni said...

You look very pretty dear . Great outfit :)
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Kellyinthecity said...

I LOVE your shoes! :) Beautiful!

xoxo

Kelly
kellyinthecity.com

Jill said...

What a great and simple idea! and, DUH hy didn't i think of that! I know that zara top. its the one that i always get makeup on taking it on and off!

HOTPINKstyle

Kimberly said...

Love that skirt! I saw it on another blog not too long ago and almost purchased it. Really interesting choice of clutch too! I love that it's see-through!


xxKim


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Kimberly said...

omg how feminine and cute
xx
stylegodis.com

Kimberly said...

Very ladylike and sweet. The tiny sliver of tummy is not offensive in the least. It's the most tasteful crop-top I've seen.
-Ash
www.thestylizedwannabe.com

Kimberly said...

I like your lady-like version of the crop top! The volume and length of the skirt balance out the short top. I don't think I could ever wear a crop top, but if I did, this would be a great starting point!


-AJ
FitTravelerAJ.com

Kimberly said...

That top is amazing! Love how you styled it!

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