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The crop top, that ubiquitous shirt from the late '80s and early '90s, is back with a vengeance. Today's versions aren't as boxy as previous incarnations, so you won't look like a "Saved By The Bell" student if you wear one. However, a crop top shows off your stomach, so picking the perfect pants to pair it with can prove tricky.
It seems counterintuitive to pair high-waisted pants with a shirt that's supposed to show off your stomach. That said, for gals nervous about putting all that skin on display, this is a great option if you want to wear a crop top. Opt for a high-waisted pant that's fitted through the waist and hips to balance the volume of a crop top. The waist of the pants can graze the hem of the shirt, but not disappear underneath it. If the two overlap, you're going to look like you have no waist.
The jegging is for the super daring gal who isn't afraid to show off her body. It's great with a longer crop top. This super skinny bottom does a great job of balancing out the crop top's billowy shape. It also complements your crop's youthful, casual vibe. Wear it for a rock concert or an afternoon biking through the park. Be really retro and wear your crop top with jeggings in a bright color.
The crazy thing about harem pants is that when paired with a crop top, they make you simultaneously retro and trendsetter. These cotton bottoms, known for their voluminous leg that tapers at the ankle, were also popular during the crop's last stand. They are a bold fashion statement -- especially if you pick a pair in a bright pattern. Paired with a belly-baring shirt, they can really accentuate a slim waist. They add edge to even the plainest crop top. Snag a cotton pair and match it with a cropped sweater for a lazy Sunday. Or for a four-star dinner, wear a pair in silk or satin with a cropped tank in the same fabric.
Trousers are the perfect way to take a crop top from casual to classic. Depending on your job, this may be a work-worthy pairing, especially if you add a blazer. If you're feeling brazen and are blessed with slim hips, pick a pair with pleats. Gals lucky enough to have curves should go for a flat-front trouser. Try trousers with flared legs to balanced out your crop top's billowy shape. Add the illusion of extra leg length by choosing trousers in a subtle pinstripe.