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Alexandra DeRosa
Jun 05, 2015 @ 4:45 pm

A crop work? You may think this is a big "no no," (and oftentimes it is) but it is possible if you think outside the box. Right off the bat, lets clear the air: you should never bare your tummy on the job—wrong time and place. But that doesn't mean you cant wear your favorite crop top on the week days.

Layering techniques breath a whole new life into your abbreviated shirtwhat you wear over and/or under it can create a refreshing, "why didnt I think of that" look. You can wear your crop top over a button-front blouse, under a long sleeveless waistcoat to flirt with the idea of a suit, or you can throw it on over a dress. Think it's impossible? All of these looks are demoed below; but first, here are three rules to abide by when piecing together your work-appropriate crop top outfit.

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1. Find a crop top with structure. Look for a silo with clean, crisp lines—nothing flimsy or too strappy. Oh, and no cutouts.

2. It's worth it to throw down some extra cash on a style made of a good fabric. It will give your work look a polished, more refined edge. 

3. Fit is key. Because you'll be layering with your crop top, it will likely need to fit differently than the crop you wear downtown on a Friday night. Pick up new styles that are a bit roomier and designate them strictly for office wear.

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Over a button-front blouse


Shop it: Zara crop top, $40; H&M blouse, $20; Karen Millen culottes, $99; Rebecca Minkoff bucket bag, $150; Vince pump, $375;

Under a long sleeveless waistcoat


Shop it: Theory crop top, $180; Topshop sleeveless waist coat, $85; River Island pants, $76; Coach bag, $258; Tibi mules, $375;

Over a (spaghetti strap) dress


Shop it: Alice + Olivia crop top, $180; Tibi dress, $545; Loeffler Randall bag, $295; Loeffler Randall sandals, $227;

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