I know - this sounds silly, right? This is a trick I’ve been using the last few years to cut down on the amount of tucking in that goes on when you combine a fitted skirt with a blouse-y top. The two together are a lot to manage, pull and align. A cropped top gives the look but cuts down on the workload each time you visit the ladies’ room.
I’ve also seen women wear cropped sweaters over a high waisted pencil skirt or A-line skirt. Tucking in a heavy sweater is not an option but a cropped sweater allows the full pencil skirt to be shown. This makes you long, long, long!
Some tips to try it out:
Try a high waisted pencil skirt. This is the easiest go-to that most of us have in our closet already - a pencil skirt that is semi-fitted and hits you above the belly button. You can also try with a high waisted A-line skirt or pants.
Start ahead of the curve. When you stand up straight, the cropped top has to be long enough to hit below the waist of the skirt to start. If any skin is exposed, this skirt/shirt combo won’t work for work.
Layer up. I like to wear a very thin, tight and short undershirt in the same color as the skirt or top under the actual crop top to prevent any slip up’s. Tuck in the undershirt. Combined, the undershirt and pencil skirt make up a faux dress and prevent any skin from being shown when you move. The crop top goes on top and viewers are none the wiser.
Boxy usually works better. A tight crop top may have the tendency to ride up on your core as you move around, exposing more than you’d like. If the fit is loose and hangs from your shoulders, it can do simply that - hang down and cover.
Not everything on the internet is true. The pictures on the website aren’t always accurate - models are usually very tall (gasp- did you know?!?) online. While it may look too short to make it work online, it still may work for you. If you love the top, buy it and try it out. You can always return.
Most importantly - know your body and know yourself. If you have an incredibly long torso, this option may require a bit more legwork in finding the right fit or may not work at all. If this is going to make you incredibly uncomfortable, don’t do it. Going to work pulling on your clothes and not feeling your best is never a good sacrifice for a style.