You know you want to. So what's stopping you? Probably the fact that you associate 'crop' with bare abs (or lack thereof), which can be daunting. Like one of those trends you'd rather bypass and pretend isn't happening. Kind of like my coping mechanisms for the new season's boho redux. But "going for the crop" can mean many things in fashion, and it needn't necessarily involve some St Tropez and a new daily sit-ups routine. Here's four reasons (and ways) to embrace the crop:
1. IT'S FLATTERING. When paired with high-waisted pants, a crop creates the illusion of longer legs and can make you look taller.
2. EVERYONE CAN WEAR IT. Before you go throwing things at your screen, hear me out. 'Crop' is a very broad term. You could go for a teeny tiny bra-like crop, a longer crop, a boxy-shaped crop... it really comes down to two things – whether you're willing to bare it all or just a little, and what you feel most confident in.
3. YOU CAN WEAR IT (ALMOST) ALL YEAR ROUND. Spring? Yes. Summer? Of course. And for my friends currently embracing fall – consider layering a blazer over the top. I love a tiny bit of skin sneaking out of a relaxed suit.
4. YOU CAN WEAR IT DIFFERENT WAYS. If the word 'crop' (or the number of times I've said it in this post) is starting to make you nauseous, you could always layer a collared shirt underneath to embrace the trend without baring anything at all. It's like having your cake and eating it too (literally). Also refer to point #3.
I've never been a textbook "girly-girl". Something about soft pink cheeks and floaty floral dresses feels a little too predictable to me.
Instead, I always consider one of my favourite mantra's to live by when making my wardrobe choices, too – everything in moderation.
This week on Chronicles of Her it's all about mixing the masculine, oversized and relaxed with the soft, subtle and feminine. Toughen-up a midi dress with a boyfriend blazer thrown over the top, or pair your favourite sundress with some statement brogues. The beauty is in striking the perfect the balance.
Oh, and now you can also shop my edit of 'boy meets girl' below.
Every year when the racing seasons come around, my friends and I are in the same predicament – what can I wear that a) doesn't make me look and feel completely ridiculous b) doesn't require wearing something fluffy or feathered on my head and c) still looks polished and sophisticated? Unless you're gunning for Fashions on the Field, I'm of the belief that the rules were made to be broken. Besides, you rarely get ahead by playing it safe. Here are my tips for getting it right:
1. THINK OUTSIDE THE SQUARE. When choosing an outfit, I try to do things differently and look to the runway for inspiration (relaxed suits and pinstripes, anyone?). Don't limit yourself to dresses. Consider a suit or a skirt and top combination. I go for things I know I'll wear beyond the day.
2. DON'T OVER-THINK YOUR ACCESSORIES. Don't lash out a new clutch and new shoes with matching nail polish so you're tonal head-to-toe. Incorporate your normal bags and shoes into your outfit. It's more understated, and less work for you.
3. HEADWEAR. I don't do fascinators. Full stop. End of story. But this doesn't mean I'm ever without options. Consider hats, or a headband if you're into that kind of thing. I wore a straw boater hat (which you can see on my Instagram) to the races on the weekend. It was a multi-purpose investment because I now have one just in time for the Australian summer!
4. STICK TO THE SEASONS. The only rule I stick to is lighter colours with straw hats for spring, or darker tones with felt hats for autumn. This is mainly for practical purposes. I once wore leather to spring carnival and it wasn't exactly pleasant. What are your race wear do's and don'ts? x
2. A BLACK BOYFRIEND BLAZER. The perfect one is almost impossible to come by unless you're willing to spend your entire week's pay check on Isabel Marant (or perhaps a couple of week's worth on Givenchy?). There's just something about a longline boyfriend blazer with structured shoulders that makes me feel good. Slouchier styles always look just the right amount of dressed-up, whether worn with sleek black trousers or ripped denim and a tank.
3. KNOT BY BOTTEGA VENETA. If you took my fragrance quiz you'd already know what I love about this new scent. Besides the obvious (damn bottle, you fine), the fragrance itself teleports me back to not so long ago when I was sipping cocktails, seaside in Positano. You could say it's getting me through my post-holiday depression.
You know how they say you don't know what you've got till it's gone? Well I say you also don't know what you've been missing until you find it.
That's exactly how I feel about my new Gucci 'Horsebit' watch. It's like my super-chic new best friend, that comes everywhere with me and is always on time.
Accessories usually make me feel overdone. Over-styled. Like I've over-thought what I'm wearing (which is never the look I'm going for), but the unassuming design of the Horsebit is timeless and slightly androgynous - making it the perfect partner in time for my boyfriend blazers, suits and trench coats.
A watch isn't usually something you swap and change like your handbag, so it needs to be versatile. I love that this one is classic (inspired by Gucci's signature horsebit icon which you'd recognise from their shoes and bags) and modern at the same time.