Swimsuit Edition: Crop Tankini

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Brands that sell these: Urban Outfitters – www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/index.jsp ; Pacsun –  www.pacsun.com

The crop tankini. You can also look it up on google as the long bustier, crop bikini, etc. I’m basically describing to the best of my abilities a swimsuit top that resembles the infamous crop top adorned by teens everywhere. Instead of  wearing a boring halter top or one piece, try the crop tankini. It provides a bit of “modesty” in the midst of string bottoms and push up bikinis.

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The style isn’t too popular right now, but it’s one of those things that’s slowly creeping into distinguished stores. Fun fact: swimsuits are made of nylon, cotton, spandex, and polyester. In terms of functionality, crop tankinis provide more support and lessen the chance of the top falling off. Also, it covers part of the stomach, creating a slimming look.

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This style would be ideal for any setting that involves swimming, but I would wear this instead of a revealing bikini if I’m out with family or on a class trip. Obviously, this is only for girls. A suggested look is a tribal print crop top bikini with solid low rise b0ttoms. The trick is to take one color from the pattern and find a bottom with the same color. For coverups, wear a see through beige dress made up of a lace or doily fabric. Finish off with some strappy sandals.

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Some great bottom types you could pair this style with are low rise shorts and cheeksters. Some variations of crop tankinis are: bustier, long sleeved, thick straps, short sleeve cropped shirt, flowy crop, and racerback. Be sure to try out this trend if you want to get ahead of the game this summer.

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TL;DR: Try out the crop tankini if you want a touch of modesty in your summer look.

Pencil Crop Top Set

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Brands that sell these: For Love & Lemons – www.forloveandlemons.com; ASOS – www.us.asos.com

Celebrities like Zoey Deutch and all the Kardashians are rocking this specific style. The title is pretty straightforward, a pencil skirt and a matching crop top. I’ve seen different variations of this, such as a skater skirt instead of a pencil skirt, but it is this particular style that’s flooding the fashion scene.

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The fabric can be made out of almost anything, cotton, lace on top of silk, and even thick wool. Patterns vary from solid to plaid, tribal to floral. Typically, there aren’t any add-ons to the fabric, but I have seen scalloped hems or lace overlap. Pencil skirt and crop top sets can look flattering on any body shape, but it just depends on how thin your fabric is. If you you prefer more coverage and concealment, opt for a thicker fabric. But if you honestly don’t care or if youre body confident, try cotton.

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Obviously, guys can’t wear this style, and it’s not really for all girls either. By no means is this set for a professional setting, despite the pencil skirt part. People usually wear this set for a night out and for special occasions. A suggested way to rock this: pair a pastel floral printed set with minimal accessories like a single statement necklace or single chunky bracelet. Then top it off with strappy nude heels (to counteract the loudness of the outfit).

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This set is best worn in the spring, summer, and fall, with patterns changing accordingly. The look is best worn without a jacket, but if you must, then opt for a crochet loose sweater for softer sets or a structured blazer for edgier sets. This surely means that matching pencil crop top sets are one of those versatile, all-over-the-fashion-spectrum type of pieces. Uber-girly girls can wear these as well as punk-rock fanatics. Seriously, why aren’t you going out and buying one right now?

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TL;DR: Pencil skirt plus a matching crop top. Very fashion forward but soo worth it.