Crop it like it’s hot

When them boys try to holla at you, crop it like it’s hot.

As the temperatures rise, so do the hemlines of shirts, in the form of crop tops. Are you telling me you don’t have toned abs? Never fear, because the good news is that you don’t necessarily need to expose your entire 1-pack. The cropped top can show skin ranging anywhere from under your ribcage to the top of your belly button – how much you choose to expose is up to you.

Although this certainly isn’t a new trend, I am a stranger to showing off my mid-section in public, unless I’m at the beach. If I were to sport this trend in the future, I’d reveal only a sliver of skin and wear a high waisted bottom of some sort – no bellybutton exposure for me! Stay tuned to see if I can successfully crop it like it’s hot.

Crop it like it's hot

G.I. Jo Camo

Atten-shun!

The last time I wore something with camouflage print, it was in the form of a baby tee. At age 13, I recall pairing it with my favorite flared khaki pants and my tan utilitarian button up. But since then, I have not felt the need to incorporate camo back into my life. That is, until now. I’ve performed a complete about-face.

Not just any camo will put me at ease! Specifically, I’m looking for a lightweight jacket or parka that hits at the hips, with a belt or drawstring that cinches at the waist. Is that too much to ask for? Wear it with a graphic tee or a casual blouse. I would contrast it with something ultra feminine, like a skinny jean, pencil skirt, or even show a lot of leg with a pair of shorts. Finish with a girly espadrille wedge heel to make the outfit spring appropriate. It’s the perfect utilitarian chic look that will command attention even from across enemy lines.

Time to hit up the local army surplus store or a Forever21. Consider this my fashion tribute to Memorial Day.

Jo Camo

Business in the back, party in the front

The High-Low Skirt

Asymmetrical. Waterfall. High-low. Mullet. Whatever you call it, we can all agree that the party is definitely in the front. Just don’t walk over a steam vent because no one can do it like Marilyn.

You may have seen this type of hemline in increasing numbers during the last two years, but did you know it has its origins in the Victorian era? Back then, it was called a fishtail hem, and it was a popular style on dresses and formal gowns.

A friend asked me, “What should I wear with a high-low skirt?” Although I do not own such a skirt, my answer to that would be to wear whatever your heart desires. Because these skirts are usually made with a lightweight material, you can choose a flowy soft top to maintain the feminine style and keep it dressy. Or pair it with a cotton tee for a downtown casual look. Whatever you choose, make sure you keep calm and party on.

The mullet skirt: because it’s better than getting a mullet haircut. Do you love or hate this trend?