Jul 5, 2011

Proof that it’s always worth trying a trend

We all have our most hated body parts and mine is my stomach.

As a teen I was so ‘skinny’ (I horrible word but one I was often called) and I hated it. In college I discovered drinking and friends with cars, which meant a quick weight gain. I’d have done anything to be ‘skinny’ again.

In short, like most women, I don’t think I’ve ever been happy with my shape and in all honesty doubt I ever will be. But I’ve learned to accept the shape I am (well, most of the time anyway).

Last time crop tops were in fashion I had the stomach to wear them with pride and was too young to even appreciate it. When they rolled back around last year after a decade in the ‘crime against fashion’ pile I enviously spied seemingly billions of girls flaunting their toned tummys.

Not one to ever let a trend pass me by without at least trying it, I recently played dress up and had a go at wearing a crop top just to see if I could make this look work for me (apologies for the moody face, I was in a rush and getting annoyed at using self-timer!).

Tie Shirt Full Skirt Outfit Post

Wearing: Vintage Givenchy striped shirt (thrifted from Oxfam), high-waisted skirt (belt came with) from River Island, black leather stilettos from Faith

Pairing a tied-up shirt with a high-waisted item such as this River Island skirt (one of the items I bought in the sales) enables you to take on the crop top trend without flashing the dreaded muffin top and I actually really like this look! What do you think?

This Givenchy shirt, dubbed my ‘Beetlejuice shirt’ for obvious reasons, is one of my all-time greatest bargains – it cost only £7.50. I think it’s actually a mens’ shirt but I love it buttoned right up and tucked into jeans and now I love it tied-up too!


  • your shirt is a great find! I love your skirt too! such a beautiful colour :)

    Love, Vanilla


    • Thanks a lot! It was the colour that drew me to it initially :-)


  • i think you look great! that blue skirt is to DIE for! i wouldn’t worry about your tummy at all.

    • Thanks very much Gemma! Gotta love River Island sales!


  • Nice to discover your blog ! You look great in this outfit !


    • Thanks very much :-) Glad you like it, I hope you’ll come back soon!


  • The high waist skirt and tied up shirt works really well- I just discovered that too. I love the outfit- especially the skirt! Such a lovely colour. x

  • You look great – I’ve still a bit of way to go until I’m at the stage of baring even the teensiest bit of my midriff with no fear!
    Thumbs up for your personal style – I really need to stop being so lazy on weekday mornings and make more of an effort, you’re putting me to shame!!

  • Also, that chair looks AMAZING.

    • Thanks a lot Cat! I didn’t actually wear this today, I took these photos at the weekend! On weekdays it’s trousers and a smart top for work – lazy but it’s easy!


      p.s. I’ll tell my Mum you like her chair :-)

  • It fits you dear! I love the cerulean blue skirt. :)

  • you don’t need to be skinny to be beautiful :) also, I love that skirt! Almost bought a white one like that today xo


    • Ooh I’d love it in white too! Where did you spot that?


  • OoOoo! Love this look! Adore the fullness and the color of the skirt. You look great.

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  • This looks great on you – especially love the skirt! Am now following you, hope you follow me too xoxo

    • Ah thanks so much Adele! I’ll visit your blog right now!


  • Ahhh I love the top so much (what a deal!). I’m not 100% toned in the stomach area either but I’ve been wearing crop tops this season like they’re going out of style FAST. They’re just so much fun.

    • It’s so true, and what is fashion about if not having fun?!


  • Oooo just the look I love and you look great. Thankfully with the trends at the moment the waists are high so you only have to show a slither of midriff. Fab xx

    • Thanks Kylie! But OOH look at your gorgeous toned tummy in your latest post – I shan’t be bitter, I’m sure you’ve worked hard for it and I sure as hell don’t!


      • hahaha full cropped for me are reserved for beach holidays when everyone is practically naked. No my tum looks pregnant still when I let loose. Sucking in works wonders LOL. I took a double check at your photo and you are mad woman, you have a lovely waist xx

  • Adorable skirt. Sometimes it is important to remind ourselves that a healthy body is a beautiful body. =)

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  • Beautiful pictures!

  • lovely skirt!


  • Love that look but especially love that skirt. I’ve got the shorter version in orange and I Love it!


  • WOW. Great look dear!
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  • Ah, I have *literally* just taken delivery of that same skirt, also from the River Island sale (and, er, also the red and cream versions. I may have gone a little bit overboard there.) Sadly, mine has arrived with a busted zip, which has really annoyed me as it’s sold out now, so I can’t exchange it. I was going to just return it, but your photos have convinced me to just replace the zip instead – it looks really great on you, and you need have no worries about your figure at all (although I think we all do: I bet if we all suddenly woke up as supermodels tomorrow, we’d still find something to be self-conscious about. I know I would, anyway.)

    • How strange that we both have this skirt and the blue midi ASOS dress! Good taste sister :)

      It’s a shame yours is broken, you should take it in store and ask for more discount if they can’t find a replacement – I used to work in River Island and we did take money off for damaged items (even sale stuff!).

      SO true about never being happy!


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  • love the whole look- cropped but classy. Can’t believe you got that shirt for so cheap! It’s beautiful

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  • You look lovely!! It works really well together & I love the colour :)


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  • I like the look! You look fab. I think you are right by going high-waisted and doing the crop above it. I’m going to try it! It’s all about the illusion (well, that’s what I tell myself anyway, lol).


  • Love the outfit! I like that you’ve brought some subtlety to the trend – such a fun but still chic look.

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  • That high-waisted skirt is fantastic, seriously! I love what you’ve done with your look. It’s works so well. :)

  • I think you did a great job with this look! I really like it!

    And you are right— we all struggle with aspects of our appearance. And that is ok!

  • I love it!

  • you look so cute, the vibrant blue of the skirt is fantastic


  • You look flippin’ great!!! GREAT! I like your take on midriffs by wearing an item that is a wee bit more high waisted, looks gorgeous on you.
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  • i love your whole look. royal blue is my favorite color this season. and you look fabulous! we should never let our body types limit our look! definitely following!

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