Keep it cropped

Generally I’m pretty hesitant about reviving ‘90s fashion trends. I tend to feel that if I lived or wore the trend the first time around, it’s best to give it a miss the next time (hello tie dye and scrunchies!).

And while I’m not one to flash my midriff unless it’s in a bikini, the return of the crop top has definitely piqued my interest.

But first, let’s make one thing clear right off the bat: there’s no age limit to owning a crop top. You should wear what you love as long as it makes you feel comfortable. And it’s up to you how bare you’re willing to go—fully covered-up, a sliver of skin, or maximum midsection exposure.

Here are three ways you’ll catch me wearing a crop top this summer:

With high waisted pants

The combination of crop top and high-waisted pants (ideally wide-legged or palazzo style) has become this summer’s must-have off-duty look. The upside of this is that unless the crop is your choice is more of a bralette style, your crop should sit just above the waistline of your pants, showcasing just a sliver of skin.

With a midi or maxi skirt

Working on the same theory as high waisted pants, a waisted skirt will provide a more elegant and ladylike vibe. You could go for a bold or bright pleated midi, or do as I’ve done and pair it back with this stunning pastel floral midi skirt for a tonal look and a pair of chunky heels or platforms. Similarly, combining a crop with a maxi skirt will give the illusion of a longer torso, since the skirt sits high on the hips.

With denim bermuda shorts

For a more casual spin on the crop, you could pair it back with your favourite pair of denim shorts (or skirt) for the weekend. This summer, I’ll be rocking two new looks for me—denim Bermuda shorts (and I should admit, this is another trend I wore as a youngster), and also a straight denim skirt that comes to just under the knee.

Finally, once you’ve put together your outfit, remember to relax. You’re going to want to sit tall, walk tall and suck in your belly all the time, but eventually—if you want to have a good time—you’re going to have to exhale and eat. And that’s okay.

Brooke wears: Bel Air Top, $79.95; Pastel Dreams Skirt, $129.95; and Boardwalk Hat, $69.95, all from Sheike. Lora in rose gold, $159.95, Nine West.

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.