When skinny jeans were first introduced into our fashion lexicon, they were sported mainly by runway models to events and parties. In those early days, a friend told me she thought the new pant style was "cruel and unusual." Of course, by now they're a wardrobe staple and I think my hesitant friend may even have one or two pairs herself.
The introduction of a new silhouette, particularly one that seems difficult for the average woman to wear, can take time before being fully embraced by the public. Case in point: the crop top. The sheer variety available tells us this is a style that's here to stay. So we thought we'd work what could be a "cruel and unusual" cut (that potentially serves to remind us of the six pack we don't have) into something not only wearable, but covetable.
Behold: four looks that involve cropped styles without bearing your midsection. And here's a piece of parting advice: when it comes to playing with hemline and shape, keep your accessories to a minimum. Let the threads be the star of your cropped show.