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I would never have pegged myself as a crop top kind of girl. Ever since the baby tees of the late 90s / early 00s, I’ve been scarred for life. I try not to show any type of midriff for your sake, my sake, everyone’s sake. 

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Until the past year or so, I was against crops and then styles like this started popping up.  How can you say no to a fancy, lady like top / skirt combo that makes your middle look like a belt?  It’s a classy crop, my friends. Because I’m the classiest. I mean I just explained a ‘skin belt’ to you. SO CLASS. 

(I haven’t slept well in a few days so if this didn’t make sense, you are not alone. Didn’t make sense to me either.)

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Wearing: 

JOA Top

JOA Skirt

Similar Mint Heels

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BaubleBar x Anthro Necklace

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197 Responses

  1. LOVE this outfit! Great color combo and the cropped top with the skirt looks cute. I am still too scared to try it…

    1. I too, love it!! (especially the stripes!) but am right there with you!
      As Kendi said above “I try not to show any type of midriff for your
      sake, my sake, everyone’s sake”!! πŸ™‚

  2. I have always been anti-crop top myself mainly because I don’t want to scare myself, small children or animals by wearing one. But THIS I would wear! It’s ladylike with just a hint of crop depending on your movements. Love it! And the shoes are perfect!

  3. Baby Tees!!! I haven’t thought about those in AGES! That’s why I love this blog…the nostalgia factor.

    This outfit is so cute. I love it on you!
    Lisa.

  4. I’m not much of a commenter, but you look GREAT in this outfit, and I love it!! I’m 29 myself and testing the waters on crop tops again, and this is serious encouragement πŸ™‚

  5. This is gorgeous! Do you have any tips as to the sizing of the pieces? I am interested in buying, but not sure which size to choose!

    1. I can definitely help! We carried this brand at bloom. So this brand (JOA) runs fairly small. XS is going to be your 0. S – I’d say 2/4. (depends on waist for the skirt). M – 4/6 (again depends on body shape) and L- 8/10 maybe. I’m wearing the L in both the top and skirt, if that helps! It’s also a very full skirt (with crinoline and lining), just so you are expecting that! The top fits nicely and isn’t too tight in the chest. If you are of the smaller chest club, I’d say maybe size down one.

  6. The phrase “skin belt” made me giggle out loud. But it’s a much better way to think about a crop in my opinion… Great hair, by the way!

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, but I wish it WERE a dress so i could wear it to work. sad face!

  8. This is so so pretty! Everything from the ladylike subtle crop top to the mint heels to your new hair color. Beautiful!

  9. I totallllly agree! Last year I was calling my friends crazy for wearing them, this yeah I’m addicted! Somehow, someone figured out how to make classy ones! Who knew?

  10. I loooooooove this look! The perfect amount of skin. Lovely!!

    And I sincerely hope you get some better sleep SOON πŸ™‚

  11. That looks really lovely. Skin belt sounds like a serial killer’s accessory though.

  12. Lol skin belt. I can definitely sense the lack of sleep. Just kidding. I am still holding strong about not jumping into the crop top wagon, but it has to do more with body issues than dislike for the trend. Your crop top outfit is very classy, you look great.

  13. I love this classy 50s style look. So, kendi, you seem a little bit shopoholic, right? How do you afford all those clothes? Please tell me you don’t put them on a credit card.

  14. Baby Tees!!! I haven't thought about those in AGES! That's why I love this blog…the nostalgia factor.

    This outfit is so cute. I love it on you!
    Lisa.

  15. This might be one of my favorite outfits from your blog ever. And great pictures!

  16. I'm not much of a commenter, but you look GREAT in this outfit, and I love it!! I'm 29 myself and testing the waters on crop tops again, and this is serious encouragement πŸ™‚

  17. This is gorgeous! Do you have any tips as to the sizing of the pieces? I am interested in buying, but not sure which size to choose!

  18. The phrase "skin belt" made me giggle out loud. But it's a much better way to think about a crop in my opinion… Great hair, by the way!

  19. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, but I wish it WERE a dress so i could wear it to work. sad face!

  20. i love this! I feel like only shop bop has these styles.. when is everyone else going to catch on?

    By the way, when are you posting your europe packing list?

  21. This is so so pretty! Everything from the ladylike subtle crop top to the mint heels to your new hair color. Beautiful!

  22. Hahaha! 'Skin belt' is my new favorite phrase. Ever. *Rolls on floor laughing…

  23. I totallllly agree! Last year I was calling my friends crazy for wearing them, this yeah I'm addicted! Somehow, someone figured out how to make classy ones! Who knew?

  24. I loooooooove this look! The perfect amount of skin. Lovely!!

    And I sincerely hope you get some better sleep SOON πŸ™‚

  25. You look so beautiful!!! Seriously everything about this is so classy, feminine, regal, and classic.

  26. Love this! Is the top from Shopbop in UK sizing? I’m wanting to order it along with the skirt from Piperlime but the sizing is much different! (large at piperlime is a 10/12 US but a large on shopbop is an 8 US!) I’ve never ordered from shopbop before. Thanks!!

  27. That looks really lovely. Skin belt sounds like a serial killer's accessory though.

  28. Lol skin belt. I can definitely sense the lack of sleep. Just kidding. I am still holding strong about not jumping into the crop top wagon, but it has to do more with body issues than dislike for the trend. Your crop top outfit is very classy, you look great.

  29. I can definitely help! We carried this brand at bloom. So this brand (JOA) runs fairly small. XS is going to be your 0. S – I'd say 2/4. (depends on waist for the skirt). M – 4/6 (again depends on body shape) and L- 8/10 maybe. I'm wearing the L in both the top and skirt, if that helps! It's also a very full skirt (with crinoline and lining), just so you are expecting that! The top fits nicely and isn't too tight in the chest. If you are of the smaller chest club, I'd say maybe size down one.

  30. I love this classy 50s style look. So, kendi, you seem a little bit shopoholic, right? How do you afford all those clothes? Please tell me you don't put them on a credit card.

  31. i love this! I feel like only shop bop has these styles.. when is everyone else going to catch on?

    By the way, when are you posting your europe packing list?

  32. You look so beautiful!!! Seriously everything about this is so classy, feminine, regal, and classic.

  33. Love this! Is the top from Shopbop in UK sizing? I'm wanting to order it along with the skirt from Piperlime but the sizing is much different! (large at piperlime is a 10/12 US but a large on shopbop is an 8 US!) I've never ordered from shopbop before. Thanks!!

  34. Love the outfit. I actually thought it was a dress. Gorgeous.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  35. As always, you are hilarious and lookin’ gorgeous. I didn’t even realize this was a crop top/skirt combo until I started reading. Totally thought it was a dress. It is definitely classy. Skin belt and all.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

  36. This look is great! It’s so much classier than I’ve seen this look done before. I bought the outfit and I’m wearing it to a wedding next weekend!!! Thanks for the idea! You’re great!

  37. Kendi, do you know how hard it is to get someone to laugh out loud (actually laugh out loud, not LOL) while reading a blog? Skin belt. You kill me.

  38. Love the outfit. I actually thought it was a dress. Gorgeous.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  39. As always, you are hilarious and lookin' gorgeous. I didn't even realize this was a crop top/skirt combo until I started reading. Totally thought it was a dress. It is definitely classy. Skin belt and all.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

  40. What a darling outfit! I’m not a fan of crop tops, but this really works! Happy Summer!

  41. This look is great! It's so much classier than I've seen this look done before. I bought the outfit and I'm wearing it to a wedding next weekend!!! Thanks for the idea! You're great!

  42. Kendi, do you know how hard it is to get someone to laugh out loud (actually laugh out loud, not LOL) while reading a blog? Skin belt. You kill me.

  43. What a darling outfit! I'm not a fan of crop tops, but this really works! Happy Summer!

  44. I love it!! I purchased both pieces, the skirt was quite a bit less at shopakira.com

  45. I love it!! I purchased both pieces, the skirt was quite a bit less at shopakira.com

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