How to wear a crop top with a muffin top

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You know how I feel about fashion rules, right? I think it’s time to smash another outdated fashion rule.  Women of a certain age can’t wear a crop top.  Wanna bet?

The rule of thumb when it comes to fashion trends is that if you were there for the first time around, tread very carefully for the second (or third) time around.

I loved a bubble skirt back in the day, and I have a modern version in my wardrobe now.  The trick is modernise the way I’m wearing it.  I won’t be teaming it with pink frosted lipstick and electric blue eyeliner for starters. I team it with a cropped jacket and a waist defining belt.

Neon and I were great friends.  I fondly remember my fluorescent socks – I had a pair of blue and a pair of pink and it was mix and match, of course!  This time around, I stepped right away from the trend, except to add a bright lime frock to my party wardrobe, and some neon orange and acid yellow cheap and cheerful jewellery pieces to my accessory collection.

The crop top is one of those trends that many of us are avoiding.  Especially if we have a muffin top.  There isn’t a piece designed to showcase a muffin top quite as well as a fitted crop top.

But I’ve got the perfect solution on how to wear a crop top – even with a muffin top!

How to wear a crop top with a muffin top #kimbalikes @kimbalikes kimbalikes.com

How to wear a crop top with a muffin top

The outfit most likely to produce a muffin top is a skinny jean worn with a crop top. Right? Right! You might think you can’t pull it off, but I’m here to tell you that you absolutely can.

  • Choose an oversized shape for your crop top – you do not want it skin tight
  • Try a horizontal stripe – for a visual widening effect on the crop top
  • Get serious underneath – team some smoothing knickers with a smoothing cami
  • Go for a mid rise waist skinny jean – for a smooth look and a leg lengthening effect
  • Hunt down a floaty tank – one with chiffon detailing or shirttail effect will look even more fabulous
  • Layer a tank instead of a shirt – it cuts down on bulk underneath when layering
  • A hi lo hem (or top with a tail, as I like to call them) – will add further figure flattery

How to wear a crop top with a muffin top #kimbalikes @kimbalikes kimbalikes.com

The wider shape of the top serves to broaden your shoulders and balance off wider hips and thighs. It also visually narrows your waist.  Yep, trust me on this one.  Although the crop top ends just on or above your waist line, because it is wider than your waist, it makes your waist look smaller.  Love that!

The floaty hem of the underneath layer works to soften the look and create movement.  The hi lo hem floats over bottoms without swamping you in the front with extra fabric.

How to wear a crop top with a muffin top #kimbalikes @kimbalikes kimbalikes.com

The mid rise waist jean, combined with a smoothing knicker, camisole or both, irons you out and keeps you nice and firm through the midsection.  Something I haven’t been since I was 9 months pregnant with a 10 pound baby!

A skinny jean in a darker colour visually slims your legs, and works with the wider top for the visual illusion we’ve created up the top.

I’ve cuffed my jeans in this look to show a little ankle. It’s the narrowest part of my leg, shows off my shoes beautifully, and lends a casual vibe.

Adding a long necklace helps to draw the eye down and breaks up the horizontal stripes.

How to wear a crop top with a muffin top #kimbalikes @kimbalikes kimbalikes.com

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  • Raychael aka Mystery Case - 19 March 2015 - 3.09 am

    Love the look of those jeans and what a bargain price. Linking up late because I’m only just back into the swing of blogging things this week.ReplyCancel

  • Em - 19 March 2015 - 2.25 am

    I love a good fashion rule smash! I like crop tops but no one needs to see my belly so the fun ones I’ve picked up have been worn tucked into vintage style high waisted skirts!

    Love the stripes the brogues. Looking wonderful as usual. xReplyCancel

  • Alex - 19 March 2015 - 12.54 am

    Yep, that’s how I do it as well, layering either a longer flowwy tank top underneath or with high waist skirt or pants. And, as you said, boxy helps balancing proportions. My hip to shoulder width was not created equal. Well my hip bones maybe but not the part that comes below… However the length is important. I have one that is slightly too long and gets more narrow and it absolutely doesn’t work. I think I’ll chop it off.

    Sometimes I am creating them / a crop top effect by knotting a wider shirt or tee at the waist.

    Thanks for hosting the linkup and have a nice day 🙂

    Alex – Funky JungleReplyCancel

  • Glamour on the Go - 18 March 2015 - 8.16 pm

    Love this look…totally cool!!! And the brogues…love xxxReplyCancel

  • Sydney Fashion Hunter - 18 March 2015 - 7.30 pm

    Great outfit. The last time I wore a crop top was about 1988. This makes me think i might be able to pull it off! I’m hosting a link up this week stop by if you get a chance.

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  • Kate Mac - 18 March 2015 - 10.53 am

    The new boxy midriff tops are super flattering when layered, you’re so right. Love this look on you Kimba, great tips! xx KReplyCancel

  • Beach Style Mum - 18 March 2015 - 9.31 am

    Love love love this whole concept. You look so casually cool and smooth!! I will definitely be giving this a go – thank you. Please keep smashing the rules and sharing your take xoxReplyCancel

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  • Jojo Curvy - 18 March 2015 - 7.27 am

    What a freaking fabulous idea. I will be stealing this look for sure (and crediting your genius). Where is your floaty top from? I’m officially on the hunt now! XxReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 18 March 2015 - 9.30 am

      Oops, I forgot to tag it! It’s Forever New and a good year old, but there are lots and lots of this type of thing around. Best yet, you can probably pick them up on sale at the moment!

      Perfect Mama uniform too.ReplyCancel

  • Saraid Dammerel - 18 March 2015 - 2.34 am

    I have a couple of crop tops that I wear over basic tank maxi dresses. It’s all about layering! [and high waisted jeans, and good underwear]ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 18 March 2015 - 2.01 am

    I’ve only worn a crop top once in the past 10 years and that was with a high waisted skirt (and a couple of champers to calm the nerves!). I love this look you’ve put together, head to toe. As usual, you deliver awesome fashion advice with a side of humour – love it!ReplyCancel

  • Katy Roach - 17 March 2015 - 11.05 pm

    I wear similar styles at work (Lorna Jane) all the time, love the idea of the layers!ReplyCancel

  • Katy Roach - 17 March 2015 - 11.04 pm

    I wear similar styles all the time at work (Lorna Jane) and adore the comfort factor! Love the shoe-booties you rocked them with!ReplyCancel

  • Style on V - 17 March 2015 - 8.57 pm

    Love your style with the perfect combination. V xReplyCancel

  • Iris May Style - 17 March 2015 - 8.41 pm

    You can just wear anything in my book!
    Love this combo on you and love how you’ve put your unique twist wearing a crop top…clever girl xxReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Rowse - 17 March 2015 - 8.30 pm

    Best. Post. Title. Ever. Love this post, love you and love that muffin tops don’t mean the end to crop tops. I almost, almost wore one on the weekend with a very high waisted skirt but chickened out last minute. Love your advice here though! xReplyCancel

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