Wearing: Cropped Top and Comfortable

There's a feature in a popular fashion magazine that shows off a certain fashion item and how to style it for any age. In high school this was my favorite feature and I used to pour over the editorial collages. Still in my teens, I would absorb the tips for style in your 20's. I loved how it showed that you could wear trends regardless of age. My general feeling is that no one should be held back stylewise just because of your age. But I also feel that there is a certain way to wear things that are more age appropriate than others. Which leads me to a hot summer trend: the crop top. I am cautiously dipping my toe into the style pool to give a cropped top a try. Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

Wearing: Cropped and Casual // How to style a crop top (even if you think you're too old!)

top: f21 (similar), shorts: j.crew factory, shoes: franco sarto (similar), sunglasses: warby parker

Oh sure, I've tried it before but the thing about embracing a trend, at least for me, is that you need to be comfortable with it. It's so easy to spot someone who is just not comfortable with what they're wearing and it makes me mad. Why? Because we all need to be comfortable with our clothes! No matter your age or your size, you should love what you're wearing each time you step out the door. Unless you have to wear a uniform for work; it's okay to hate that thing.

The great thing about the cropped top trend is that it's got way more styles this time around. If you think this is the first time crop tops were the rage, think again. Every so often fashion girls get the idea that they want to show off their abs and then, soon enough, everybody's doing it. Thankfully, we've wised up from years of tight, handkerchief-like knit tops and there are way more options. My personal favorite is the boxy style like the one above, perfect for layering with high waisted jean shorts like above or with knee-length pencil skirts. The key to wearing a crop top without flashing skin is having the bottoms come up higher. I can't even express to you how happy high waisted anything makes me!

The older I've gotten the more I'm happy to give trends a try, but in a way that makes me comfortable. Cropped tops were never something my shy self would even consider in high school; look at me now! So give "it", whatever the style is, a try! Because, just like the fashion magazines tell you, you can make it work at any age.