Now that summer is well under way, the season of concerts and music festivals has begun. Whether you prefer to stay local and dance the night away to electro at LA's Electric Daisy Carnival and HARD Summer, or pack a bag and enjoy the sounds of Chicago's Lollapalooza, it's important to stay cool, drink a lot of water, and make sure you rock an eye-catching outfit. True Fashionistas everywhere are doing just this by embracing summer's hottest new trend — the crop top.
Once banished to a fashion faux pas from the 1990's, the cropped tee is back, more daring than ever. A crop top is perfect for a music festival because the short length and loose fabric will keep you from overheating, and is stylish enough to take from day to night. Whether you're sunning yourself on the grass of Lollapalooza or getting soaked in sweat from dancing 'til 2 AM at EDC, a crop top is an essential way to show a little skin without getting too scandalous. The cropped shirt comes in many varieties, from simple T-shirt to embellished vest, but the look is always best captured when pairing a flouncy cropped tank top with cut-off denim shorts, gladiator sandals, and a pair of chic sunglasses or a statement hairpiece.
If you're feeling that a crop top is an unrealistic outfit to wear in day-to-day life, think again. This Fashionista showcases her ability to stay edgy yet simple by matching a purple cropped T-shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and simple sandals. Designers such as Alexander Wang have included the crop top in their collection for this season, but if high end's not in your budget, get the look from stores like Topshop and Shopbop.com — my favorite is Topshop's adorable new Cropped Lace Tee. For an even cheaper option, Forever 21 has tons of cute cropped tanks and vests that are perfect for a summer of music.