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Blues in C (for Crops)

photo by Cheryl Klewicki

photo by Cheryl Klewicki

Occasion: Shopping with The Sister
Dress Code: Casual
Outdoor Temps: 65°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: LAUREN Ralph Lauren crop top, Patagonia crop pants, Report sandals, Brahmin satchel, vintage belt, House of Harlow necklace

I forgot to put my SD card back in my camera last night, so we're rounding out the week with a low-light iPhone pic by my singular sister Cheryl. I had a James Perse dress on all day, but it was too cool and rumpled and smelly for our nighttime trek to Nordstrom Rack, so on went this moody black-and-blue combo. 

Black and blue is one of my favorite color combinations for Fall - since the pairing is traditionally a faux pas, it feels moody and artistic to me. However, my favorite part of this outfit is actually the fact that it is essentially comprised of a t-shirt and hiking pants! I found both these items at flea markets, wanting to experiment with the new cropped proportions on the cheap. Lo and behold, both items just happened to work out perfectly in light of my initial reservations.

First, the crop top is actually just a plain ol' petite top. This means it hits at just the right spot on my body, instead of being too long for my short torso. It also has a wonderfully low neckline (unlike many crops on the market right now) which elongates my short neck. So if you're a bit squat on top and still want to rock this look, I highly suggest starting with a neckline you love and either having a go in the petites department or simply hemming a regular-length top. The lowered neckline is also really important if you are busty or otherwise top-heavy.

Next, who knew hiking pants could look so dressy? These crops are perfect for transitional days that require breathable pants that aren't super-summery linen or super-casual cotton. I'm toying with the idea of buying some full-length hikers as well. If you want to try some out, definitely avoid cargo pockets - slant and slit pockets should be fine.