How Fashionistas Pick Out the Perfect Crop Top

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Fashion has been having a bit of a love affair with the crop top lately - and we're not going to lie, we're head-over-heels obsessed. After all, there's no better trend for dealing with July's sweltering temperatures! Now that we're in the middle of crop top weather, finding a crop top is easy - but picking the right crop top? That can be a bit of a struggle - with seemingly endless options, how do you pick a fab crop that doesn't reveal too much?

Luckily, stylish celebs like Vanessa Hudgens are proving that it IS possible to rock a crop top while still looking dressed up enough for school or work - the secret is knowing how to find the right one.

When crop top shopping, look for crop tops that keep their tummy-baring tendencies as the main event when it comes to showing skin (ergo, no extra cut-outs or backless). Keep your eye out for tops that have details that cover you up elsewhere, like a high turtleneck, longer sleeves or a loose fit. The material should also be thick and structured, which will avoid making the top look cheap or flimsy!
Taylor Swift is seen in New York City on 7/24/14
When it comes to off-duty wear, you can totally get away with a tighter fit, but a crewneck and thick straps will still leave something to the imagination, like this knit top from Forever 21 ($14.90). (Oh, and those navy menswear stripes will go with everything.) If you're planning to rock the cropped look back at school this fall, try something shaped similar to Vanessa's, with sleeves and a high neck - buy this cozy blue cropped sweater at Topshop ($48) now, and you'll totally be thanking us come fall! Take cues from Taylor Swift, the ultimate queen of the crop top, and add a high-waisted bottom for a killer silhouette!

Bottom line? When it comes to crop tops, like with any piece, it's the details that will make or break it. When you get choosy about cuts and fabrics, this trendy piece can easily become a go-to closet classic!

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