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How to make a crop top totally work-appropriate

How to wear a crop top to work

Carlyle Routh Author: Julia McEwen

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How to make a crop top totally work-appropriate

Canadian Living's senior editor, Stacy Lee Kong, tries out the trend that intimidates her the most: crop tops. 

Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.

Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's senior editor Stacy Lee Kong tries out a crop top for work.

(Read about our other style dares here: Skinny jeans on a curvy girl, curve-hugging dresses, arm-baring tops, print mixing and feminine ruffles.)

"I always admire bold, edgy style, though I don't think I'd ever dress like that myself," says Stacy. Her style profile is more in line with off-duty models: effortless, casual and modern. While most of Stacy's wardrobe is on the minimalist side, she has a palate for trends and likes to pepper them into her wardrobe. One item she loves, that's still absent from her closet is the crop top. "I believe that size shouldn't have any bearing on what you can and cannot wear, so I'm pretty embarrassed that this top gives me so much anxiety to try," she says.

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Jacket, $70, and blouse, $25, winners.ca. Crop top, $285, tedbaker.com. Skirt, $70, loft.com. Earrings and necklace, bananarepublic.ca. Watch, timex.ca. Bag, coach.com. 

A top that's missing three to eight inches of fabric can understandably cause angst, but we're here to squash those fears. Depending on how this top is styled, it can be extremely flattering—plus, donning one doesn't mean you need to bare your midriff. For Stacy, we chose a structured crop top as the star item and created a layered look around it.

Try wearing the top over a classic white blouse to bring the trend into winter season—and an office environment. Pair the set with a pencil skirt and a cloak and you're good to go.

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