3 simple tips to confidently rock a crop top | Featuring Shalom Design

Hey fashionable humans! We made it to the middle of the week, and I hope your day is going stellar!

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.comOkay, so let’s talk crop tops. They have been fashionable as long as I can remember. I distinctly recall asking (no, begging) my mother to bring me some midriff-baring tanks from a trip (I must have been like 13). Knowing her, she might have disapprovingly frowned and ignored me; that didn’t stop me though because I stayed rocking them. My guess is that, since she likely didn’t buy me any, I must have scored some from secondhand markets (I have always been into thrifting)- because my allowance definitely couldn’t afford one from a clothing store.

Anyway, I personally see them as a sassy way to show skin, and I love that you can make them as classy as you want (in my book at least). I have worn crop tops to family gatherings, dates, and any other occasion you can think of, besides the office. You can see some cropped action here, here, here and also here on this blog; I clearly like them.

The rules below are not dogmatic at all, and can/should definitely be broken to fit your personal style (I will add below some examples of other bloggers who shatter them with grace). They are just tenets I personally use to make crop tops look good on my body type, which leads me to feel more confident wearing them.

Actually, while we’re at it- what is my body type? Aw, I am so glad you asked!

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.comI would likely be somewhere between a pear shape, a hourglass shape and an athletic shape. I know that makes no fucking sense but stick with me for a minute. I am tall, I have full hips and a full chest, but my hips are wider than my chest (that is the textbook definition of a pear shape 🍐). My waist is also not super duper defined, even though it does exist. So I kind of look like a curvy twig in some clothes, but garments with a peplum or more padding up top allow me to decently fake a hourglass-y figure; does that make sense? I will likely dedicate a post to my body type someday (not because I am narcissistic, but because sizing is tricky when you shop online and we all need all the help we can get).

Anywho- where were we? Right, how do I usually wear crop tops?

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.com1- I bare only as much skin as I am comfortable with, and that means no belly button for me.

I like baring my tummy but only to a certain extent. I am a huge fan of balance;  open on top-> covered at the bottom; fitted on top -> flared at the bottom, etc. (my mom drilled these rules into my brain when I was a kid and they never left.) Because of this balancing act, I usually like to pair crops with high waisted skirts or pants, which means that I really only stick to baring around 1/3 of my belly- from above my navel to a couple of inches below my chest. It makes me feel covered yet daring, and *most importantly* I get to eat a lot and not worry about my belly poking out to explore the world.

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.com2- I try to bare only one thing at the time, at least on top.

I try to go for crop tops that offer my chest a fair amount of coverage- again, keeping with the balancing act discussed above. I do not follow this rule as religiously as Rule #1, but in case I have a cute crop top that also shows cleavage, I try to add accessories like necklaces or even a blazer to balance things out. This rule only applies to the top half of my body though; crops paired with high slit maxi skirts are hot. 🔥🔥🔥

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.com3- I keep my crop tops fitted.

There is no particular reason for this one, but I feel like very loose fitting crop tops are often shapeless, ride up (exposing bewbs) and are overall hard to pull off. (Again- this is a Dafra problem because there are a lot of people who make them work beautifully). I tend to favor almost bodysuit- like crops, with a bit of thickness to them and a good amount of stretch. That explains why my favorite crop tops are actually the short version of a fitted turtleneck – to me, a basic fitted high neck crop top really works well as a closet staple. That shit works with everything.

Alright- enough yapping, on to the outfit I am wearing today!

3 Tips to rock crop tops with confidence! | Blogger @Dafrastar rocking a crop top set accessorized with an intricate glad bead necklace. More on www.dafrastar.comWhat I am wearing: Crop top set (Here), blazer (here), booties (here), necklace (here, blue version)

The set: it is super cute, and I cannot wait to wear it again! It is an orange/rust pant and crop top set; it caught my attention on Amazon months ago, but I never got around to getting it until earlier this month, which works I guess- fall colors and all. I find it to be very flattering, but people who wear 2 different sizes for tops and bottoms may have to keep in mind a little stitching may be needed. I got it in a size XL, and I have a 35”-36” chest,  a 29.5’ waist, and  44” hips.

The top: it does not cover a lot of real estate, and a couple of reviewers on Amazon could not make it work. Love it, but it was one size too large for me (I focused on the measurements for the pants when I was ordering). I added a couple of stitches either side of the top, and it fits fine, but I may contact the seller to see whether they would be open to selling me a size L.

The pants: They fit amazing. They are super high waist, long enough for me to wear with a little heel (I have a 36” inseam so that’s a quite feat), thick and opaque. They hug curves a lot and are super flattering.

The jewelry: I am pairing this pant set with a necklace from Shalom Design. To be 100% honest, this whole look was designed around this necklace- I mean LOOK AT IT! It is from my friend Laetitia’s Etsy store, and yes I paid full price for it and am not an affiliate or anything. It is entirely made out of glass beads, and I believe she has them in different accent colors (I went for orange here, but I believe she also has red and blue.) I own another (smaller) necklace from her boutique that kind of looks like this one (I bought it over 2 years ago, so it is no longer featured in her store); I routinely use it to upgrade my jeans + black tee office uniform.

The shoes: They are booties from Amazon (I really do buy most of what I own there); the brand is Breckelles. They were pretty inexpensive (less than $25), they fit true to size, are comfortable and cute! I have had them for since January of this year. The heel tab came off on the left shoe a few months ago, but I am still wearing them- whatever, they just click strangely on the floor and I am sure nobody cares. I might buy another pair in a different color, maybe the Burgundy.

The blazer: featured on the blog before, here. I maintain that I absolutely love it, and I actually bought the burgundy version last week!

That is it for today’s post guys! Do you like/wear crop tops? Do you have any rules you above by? Let me know in the comments.

Also, please see below for some bloggers following completely different rules than I do and looking fabulous.

Aliciatenise, rocking a loose crop top to perfection

Arteresalynn, baring her glorious midriff- y’all seen her six pack???

Another one, because that body is just too fabulous

NicoleSimone serving us loose cropped sweater realness

Another one– that mustard sweater is awesome

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Bye and see you next week!!!!

 

With love,

D

Casual Purple Tutu (…as casual as a tutu can be)

This outfit was photographed by the amazing @tracey_mammolito in San Francisco.

Hey everyone, and welcome back to my tiny corner of the Internet.

It is only Thursday, but this was already a busy week full of… well, busy things (sorry, this sentence did NOT go as planned.)

I am dying to take the longest nap in the history of naps, and then waking up to a gallon of bubble tea with french fries. Oh wait- I can’t do that, I quit eating carbs 4 months ago (that was a miserable life choice by the way- I mean yeah, I am healthier and all but I am still wondering whether a world with no fried plantain is worth living in, and I reconsider all my life choices EVERY TIME I see chocolate.) So, all I am really saying is that I could eat cheese after my imaginary nap, not fries. 🍟

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

Anyway- yes, I am fully aware of how juvenile this outfit looks, and yes I still wore it and will likely wear it again. I actually wore this tutu to work, not once but twice (paired with a tee both times), and got nothing but compliments on my sartorial choices- well- except from that one guy in the Tenderloin (a dicey-ish part of San Francisco). I wanted to add a petticoat underneath the skirt to make the tutu poof even more, but my husband told me to pump the brakes. Clearly, he is the reasonable one in this relationship. 😁

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

To tell you the truth, this look is less about a tutu than it is about pushing past one’s comfort zone. I am not asking you all to wear yards of tulle to work tomorrow (especially if you are a banker or something- no bueno), but it is fun to try something unique every once in a while. While bold, this item of clothing was also non threatening enough that I could feel comfortable wearing it among co-workers; I find it fun to play with pieces like that from time to time, and I often end up looking ridiculous, but whatever. At the end of the day- it’s just clothes, they can be returned or taken off.

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

Now, as far as why I even ended up with a tutu in the first place, I am not sure. What I’m sure of though, is that I had a good reason to buy this skirt. I vaguely remember wanting to wear it to a party, or coming across something on Pinterest that just made me believe that I needed a tutu in my life- either way, I remember seeing this purchase as a very reasonable one at the time.

When I got the skirt in the mail, I recall even thinking I wanted it to be more tutu-y, like this one; after some more thought, though, I do believe that my skirt is a little more versatile than a full blown tulle tutu. It also makes me look less like a cupcake, even though I am not strictly against looking like one- I mean, cupcakes need love too. I paired my skirt with a simple crop top (which is actually featured in my previous post too!), and I got both items from Amazon (I told you I hate shopping in person pretty much anywhere. My couch is where it’s at! )

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hairWhat I am wearing: Tutu: Amazon, here; Top: Amazon, here. Shoes: Aldo Caragna, here. Bag: Dilli Haat, Delhi. Choker: Zara- last season, available here. Bracelet: Alex and Ani Tree of life, sold out

If I was to shoot this look again, I would have paired this with a crop tee with cap sleeves or long sleeves, kinda like this one. I feel like the look would have somehow been more balanced that way. I may have also donned some pumps or more detailed heels.

Let’s get in the nitty gritty about each piece of clothing in this look:

The top: we discussed it in my previous post. I love it, best $17 ever spent. I bought a size L, and I have a 36″ bust. Wore it several times, washed it a couple of times- still holding up. I did find the straps to be too long; I had to fold them and stitch them up to tighten them an inch or so.

The skirt: Very cute, comes in several colors (this one is called “Lavender Blush”). I have a love/hate relationship with the waistband because it insists on giving me a muffin top (I mean I have a little one but it accentuates it), so tucking clothes in is a bit tricky. I also wish the bow had a little more oomph to it- it’s very flat. The skirt overall wears comfortably, is airy and looks nice paired with black (and denim).

The shoes: Aldo Caragna. Had them in Nude, loved them until their tragic passing due to my dog eating them. I bought them again in black (featured here), but I somehow don’t care for them as much as I did before; not sure why.

The bag: It is SO cute. I bought it in Dili Haat in Delhi, and clearly do not have a link for it. Here are a couple of somewhat similar options: here and here. I will post more if I can find closer alternatives.

www.dafrastar.com Light purple tutu and crop top, tutu, lavender tutu, curly hair

Sooo that’s it for today!

Remember: wear cool clothes that are a little silly sometimes; it makes life more fun.

See ya next time,

D

Sheer bodysuit and fringe skirt (outfit under $45)

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This look was shot by @agesimagery in San Francisco.

Coming up with a title for this post was hard as shit (as I am writing this, I actually gave up and will likely revisit the title before I hit “Publish”).

So now that we are past the stage fright of Post 1 and 2, I actually have to come up with content and write funny /insightful things for you guys, which is much scarier. That said, while I am no writer, I actually enjoy putting my thoughts on paper. Here’s to hoping they are as funny to you as they are to me. 🥂

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

So I am bringing you the first look I ever shot (well technically the second one, but the first one may never see the light of day- I was stiff as hell.) This was back in June or July I believe (this blog has been in the works for a while, guys). I genuinely like each piece portrayed here and they are all very affordable- well, IF you can find them.

Random: you know how sometimes, some things are in the making for years and years? Like- how you finally get a chance to bust a move you practiced with your bestie when you were teenagers- but at a party years later?  Or when watching endless episodes of Law & Order SVU actually translates into you understanding some otherwise puzzling legal lingo (Horrible Bosses FTW!) ?

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit, stilettosAnyways: this is outfit could be seen as the clothing version of such events. When I tell you I owned this skirt for a good 2-3 years without ever wearing it… I believe I moved houses with it twice (definitely at least once). I just could not make it work for some reason; it looked great on its own, but when I tucked tops into it,  it looked strange;  leaving them untucked on top of it looked silly too, so it was in that weird limbo and was always passed over when I was looking for something to wear. I almost gave it away to Goodwill once, but the color was just so bright and perfect and awesome that I just couldn’t.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitSidenote: BTW I have NO idea where I got it from- I know it was a basic store like Forever 21/ H&M/ Zara but I have ZERO clue where I actually bought it; I am positive it was less than $20 though (I usually remember cost because I am very price sensitive 😀 ) . I googled it to no avail- the only other place  saw it was on Marie from Heartfelt Hunt. That tells us the skirt also exists in Europe, but so do the 3 stores above- so yeah, that does not help at all. I have a similar one listed below though …😬

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfitWhat I am wearing: Bodysuit (here), crop top underneath (Here– I love it, wore it several times already) and skirt (similar here ). Shoes here, got mine from DSW

Anyway- fast forward to last June: I wore it for the first time on vacation, and it somehow worked! I have no idea what was different; maybe it was my body, maybe the skirt just decided to stop being a little b*tch, I dunno- but I was happy with the end result! So fresh from that high (I solidified my resolve to re-start blogging during my vacation), I decided to shoot it as one of my first looks. Aaaaaand… things went downhill from there.

The top I had worn it with on vacation didn’t really do it for me anymore and the crop top I had planned to wear it with made me feel like my tummy was oozing out from all directions (that’s what happens after eating everything in sight for a week, I suppose.)

So as I was frantically looking for an option, I came across this random sheer turtleneck bodysuit I had also owned for a while (since 11/2016, to be  exact) and had never worn for some reason. I threw it on top of the crop top I initially had in mind, and ta-da!

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

The nitty gritty:

The top: Sheer, sexy, and less than $10. Do not sleep on Ali Express… Shopping there takes some skill and patience, but seriously- $9 including shipping? Worth it. I may make a post one day dedicated to my Ali findings.

The skirt: bold, bright, super fun. Its combination with the see thru top definitely made the outfit sassy, but the presence of a crop top underneath the sheer fabric brought it back a bit from risqué territory. Like- you could wear this to dinner with your mom, and she would (likely) not wonder where she went wrong in your upbringing. I also felt like my legs looked really nice, because they were playing peekaboo behind the red strings; I liked that shit.

About that crop top– LOVE. I just realized I have not one, but two looks coming up featuring this little thing. It is $16 on Amazon- I love it under other pieces like here, by itself, with a bralette, whatever.

So let’s tally the costs for a minute: $20 + $9 + $15= $44. Boom. (I cheated and did not include the shoes but everyone has random black shoes in their closet. Plus I hate these.)

Shoes: basic ass black pumps, and they hurt like hell. If I was to re-wear this look though, I would have worn black sandals like these ones. The pumps made it a little too serious.

www.dafrastar.com Fringe skirt and sheer bodysuit, outfit under $45, red skirt, sheer bodysuit, crop top, bralette, red and black outfit

Overall, in spite of being a scramble, the look was pretty fun and well balanced. It was a simple and easy look to shoot for a first timer (not that I am an expert right now- but I was SUPER green then), and I would wear it again to drinks with the girls for example.

That’s it for today’s post! Thanks for visiting my blog; drop me a quick comment and tell me about an outfit years in the making, or a piece that you just can’t seem to make work. Or talk about your dog, that’s cool too.

See ya next time,

D

Look photographed by @agesimagery. Check out his work on Instagram.