With images of toned-abdominals surrounding us everywhere courtesy of the crop top and shorts trend, and an ever-growing tribe of fitness-obsessed women, we can’t help but feel a bit out of the game. If like us, you have a less than perfect body or worse you haven’t managed to get past those last 5 pounds you’ve put on post-baby, chances are that you are now considered heavy enough not to be able to wear a crop top but still slim enough to be able to show a bit of skin.
Hovering between a size 10 and 12 depending on our water retention state in hot weather temperatures, we still feel like there is a pair of shorts out there flattering enough to wear without feeling overweight and a range of crop tops that can still hide our none-existent 6 pack. The key is to stick to a high-waisted style to hide a bulging tummy and a flared enough leg cut , to create the illusion of thinner thighs and hips. The best part about going for such a tailored shorts cut is that you don’t need to go 2 sizes larger to accommodate for comfort and you don’t need to feel self-conscious about any cellulite or bulges peeking under the hem of your shorts.
As for the crop tops, yes you can wear a crop top if you are a size 10 to 12 as long as it is boxy enough and long enough to skim the top of your shorts’ waistline. However if you are slightly thicker around the waist, you need to avoid low-waist pants, skirts and shorts at all costs.
On a recent trip to Barcelona, we felt perfectly comfortable with a pair of tailored orange shorts by MSGM which we carried seamlessly from to day to night. By day, we wore a navy eyelet top by Zara, the Chloe Drew cross body bag and a pair of gold lace-up Belgravia sandals by Aquazzura. By night we changed into an embroidered jacquard white top by MSGM which we found at 60% off at The Outnet (sold out) , the look was simply perfect to go from dinner at Ura to a night of deep house clubbing at La Terazza in Barcelona’s Poble Espanol.
We rounded up a selection of the best boxy crop tops and tailored shorts around with styles by 3.1 Phillip Lim , Giambattista Valli, MSGM, Alexander Wang and Tibi among many others. Enjoy summer’s fashion while embracing your imperfections.
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