Style Views: Meet Lauren

the style letters will feature a new interview each month on seasonal fashion and favorite trends, all from the perspectives of some very stylish ladies.

In this month’s Style View, Chicago blogger Lauren Nolan of Lake Shore Lady shows us how to wear this season’s must-have: the crop top.

~ Lauren ~

Thanks for having me, Maria! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Lauren, and I write the food and fashion blog Lake Shore Lady. Since my blog is all about approachable recipes and style that you can recreate at home, I thought I’d tackle a trend that most people don’t always think of as “approachable.” The crop top. Embrace it, ladies.

If we’re being honest, I’ve been obsessed for a while. (My Pinterest is my proof. Umm here, here, here…you get the idea.) I love anything with a defined waist – skirts, high-waisted pants, belted dresses, etc. There’s something so feminine and fun about that silhouette. So, when the trend started to come back around, I jumped right on board. But how do you actually wear one?! Let’s go through some options.

1) Get a great pair of high-waisted jeans and a loose fitting crop top. Find one long enough so that if you have your arms down, you aren’t showing much skin. This way you’ll be comfortable – plus, it’s flirty and perfect for a night out!
Full outfit details can be found here.

2) Feeling edgy? Why not?! Just be mindful of what you pair with it. Go with something a little conservative, like a feminine midi skirt, to balance the bold top. Ladylike with a twist!
Full outfit details can be found here.

3) Having trouble finding the perfect top and the perfect bottom? Cut-out dresses solve that problem! They give the illusion of a crop top without any of the fuss of putting together an outfit. Easy peasy.
Full outfit details can be found here.

4) Be dramatic. I love the way a bright structured crop top looks with a sleek maxi skirt for a date night or an evening out on the town. It’s sophisticated and a little unexpected.
The full outfit hasn’t been posted on Lake Shore Lady yet, so stay tuned! Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you don’t miss out!

Have you guys tried the trend? What are your favorite ways to wear it?!

Thanks for having me, Maria! 🙂

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I have a lot of love for the crop top, and you’ve given me even more ideas on how to style mine, Lauren! You look adorable, and I can’t wait to try these looks this summer. Thanks for sharing your style inspiration this month!

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  • Lauren makes a crop top look adorable, which is not the word that comes to most peoples minds when hearing “crop top” but she makes it happen!!

    • Right?! And she also makes it look really polished — these are such elegant ways to wear a crop top! I am a little obsessed with them, but I keep skin exposure to a minimum. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Jill!

      ~ M ~