How I Wear Tough Trends

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Some pieces of clothing are harder to wear than others, but that doesn't mean you have to skip out on certain trends altogether. Lately I've been less opposed to crop tops, skinny overalls, and culottes, even though I'd sworn them off a while back. Here's how I've been wearing these tougher trends, in two different ways. 

L: Club Monaco Top, Theory Pants, Larsson & Jennings Watch, J.Crew Slides. R: Club Monaco Top, ALC skirt, Valentino Pumps

L: Club Monaco Top, Theory Pants, Larsson & Jennings Watch, J.Crew Slides. R: Club Monaco Top, ALC skirt, Valentino Pumps

Tough Trend #1: Crop Tops

A crop top is more difficult to wear during the day (this is one piece that should be reserved for the weekends, and never at work), but I like this one's boxy cut and the long sleeves feel less revealing. I wear them with loose, high waisted pants that show just a one or two-inch sliver of skin making sure my belly button is always covered. For a more polished version, I pair the crop top with a high waisted pencil skirt for dinner out with my girlfriends. There's virtually no skin showing, just a slight glimpse when I move. 

L: Madewell Overalls, AG Tank, Steven Alan Sandals R: J.Crew Top, Madewell Overalls, J.Crew Sandals

L: Madewell Overalls, AG Tank, Steven Alan Sandals R: J.Crew Top, Madewell Overalls, J.Crew Sandals

Tough Trend #2: Overalls

When shopping for overalls, look for a pair that's slim in the legs because it'll look more modern and feminine. Also, that way when I wear a tomboy muscle tank it doesn't look too boyish. I like wearing minimalist sandals and try to avoid my Birkenstocks, because that can go thematic, fast. Another way to wear overalls is to embrace a monochrome situation (in this case, white-on-white) so that they look a bit like a jumpsuit.

L: J.Crew Jacket, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shirt, Forever 21 Culottes, Jenni Kayne Mules R: C&C Tank Top, Forever 21 Culottes, Manolo Blahnik Pumps

L: J.Crew Jacket, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shirt, Forever 21 Culottes, Jenni Kayne Mules R: C&C Tank Top, Forever 21 Culottes, Manolo Blahnik Pumps

Tough Trend #3: Culottes

Culottes can be hard for someone curvy, but when I think of them as a midi skirt, they feel a lot less intimidating. For a casual look, I chose a striped tee shirt and denim jacket so that the culottes are grounded in classics. I just made sure to tuck in my shirt to keep the waistline defined. I chose a simple camisole in the same color with a matching belt and pumps and for a more formal occasion, I'd throw on a tuxedo blazer or thigh-length vest to cover my shoulders.