See those crop tops up there? Cute, right? And how fantastic do they looked paired with a full midi-skirt? It’s a look that’s more put-together than shorts and a tank, and more unexpected than summer’s ubiquitous maxi dress. It’s my summer uniform — I throw on a light silk jacket and heels for work, and a pair of simple sandals for the weekend. But it’s not exactly what it seems …
You see, those cute crop tops are actually bikini tops. As the line between sportswear and ready-to-wear blurs, everything from yoga pants to, well, swimwear is getting a high-style upgrade. And while I don’t suggest you wear your ikat running pants to the office, I do highly recommend taking your bikini tops out for a spin away from the beach.
Here’s how to do it: Choose a top that hits right above your natural waist, at the tiniest part of your torso. (This is ultra-slimming, too.) Look for tops that don’t scream swimwear, like halters and strapless bustiers. And choose ones with patterns and design elements you find in the regular collections: delicate florals, color-blocking, sporty zippers. Pair with a high-waisted midi or full A-line skirt, and—if you’re brave—play with patterns. (Your rule of thumb here: Keep patterns a similar size and colors in the same family.)
A tip: Break ’em out super-sticky days. Sweat dries immediately, so you’ll stay fresh while others sweat it out.
From left: Midkini top, $14.99 at Target, and taffeta picnic skirt, $190 at Topshop. Color-blocked top, $32 at River Island, and Suno skirt, $267 at By Symphony. Marc by Marc Jacobs Pinwheel top, $94 at Marc Jacobs, and Simone full skirt, $395 at Tibi. Clover Canyon bikini top, $80.75 at Bloomingdale’s, and gingham skirt, $96 at Topshop.
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