How to wear a crop top as a plus-size woman is something that has been swirling in conversation in the blogger community for a while now. Lots of the ladies in the US and UK have well and truly embraced the style making it work in their own way. One thing I’ve learnt is that there is no one clear way to wear a crop top.

Some bloggers brazenly show as much skin as they please flaunting what their mother gave them and all that. Others give the crop a more subtle nod with high-waisted skirts or pants covering all but a peek of skin. You guys know me and my style is pretty conservative. It’s no real surprise that I lean toward the second style choice more than the first.

But what might be surprising is that I put together a work outfit with a cropped shirt that I borrowed from Mel to wear to the Curvy Couture Roadshow. When I returned home I was meant to unpack it and half a dozen out items I’d borrowed while I was there. But I forgot. Home a day or two laterΒ I figured, one more wear wouldn’t hurt. Haha. Even if Liv IS probably giving me daggers as I write this because I was meant to leave that stuff behind for her to borrow. Mel too now I think about it. I bet she misses her brow compact… Double daggers. Whoops. But they’ll forgive me, I’m adorable. Here’s the outfit.Β 

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The way I made this work for work was by using a dress under instead of a high-waisted skirt. Now I don’t know about your office but mine frowns on even the smallest peek of skin at the midriff. Haha. By using the bodycon dress as a high-waisted pencil skirt it makes sure that no matter how high your arms need to go into the air you are sorted. Covered. But it doesn’t lose the effect.

To make it more work friendly make sure the fit is good, that you have a smooth line in the skirt and you haven’t worn something that will ride up. Mine is jersey so it was important to layer a slip under it to give me more coverage and make it a little more modest. Too clingy or grabby at work has always been a no no for me. But you decide.

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Top – ASOS {Straight Sizing – UK18}
Bodycon Dress – ASOS Curve {UK24}
Necklace – Various old pieces put together
Heels – Evans {2013}

  • Olivia

    Total daggers, but yes, you’re adorable and you put up with my gastro-ing in our shared bathroom. So yes, I forgive you. But please bring that skirt back soon, I NEED it! And you look gorgeous in this outfit, seriously. xx

    • Emma Hinchliff

      I love how versatile this top/jacket is! Which was is it actually supposed to go? You look stunning as always too! xoxo

      • It’s meant to be worn like this, as a top with the exposed zip at the back. Thanks Em. x

    • Haha. I have all the love in the world for all of this. What a weekend we had.

    • sheribombblog

      HAHAHAHA Liv, best comment ever! πŸ˜›

  • It’s amazing. Love love love this.

  • Shazzy P

    Agreed. Love the look. Now I know how to achieve it… Awesome Suger.

  • PrincessEatsPeaSoup

    I really like this look a lot. Meaning, this is something I would definitely try for myself.

    • Awesome! Like I said to Shazzy, be sure to let me know how it goes. Share a pic even!

  • Sharlzie

    I love this look on you! So flattering, sharp & elegant! πŸ™‚

  • Kim Donaldson

    I love this look. Amazing!!

  • sheribombblog

    I love this top. Loved it when you wore it as a jacket and love it in this outfit too. HOWEVER. It’s not until now that I see it has one of those god awful (IMHO) big ugly visible metal zips. I know this is a ‘trend’ but I absolutely hate them. I think they spoil beautiful looking clothes. But that’s just me. At least it’s in the back, you could put it on and forget it’s there πŸ˜›

    • Baaahaha. I actually remember seeing you have a rant about exposed zips on Facebook not that long ago. Come ooooo, it’s cool. Look at me being all on trend and stuff. HA. And yes, you’re right, I absolutely forgot it was there, maybe that’s your solution. πŸ˜‰

  • I’m not really into crops but am into crop cardigans. They are my new favourite thing.

  • Love this look on you Suger xxx

  • Michele Bayada

    Sugar I know this is a bit creepy but what underwear do you wear under your bodycon dresses? Your body lines are so smooth.

    • Haha. Not creepy at all. I just wear a full brief in a firm but not shapewear’esque fabric. I make sure the bodycon’s fit well and often size up to achieve that. I also prefer wide strapped bras for support and for a smooth line. And if all else fails I wear a slip. Good luck!

  • Trudie Bristow

    The pattern is fabulous on you Hun, and that smile and cheek bones….my goodness never get sick of see those. Look fabulous and I love that you layered the top over a dress.

  • Mahina Hathaway

    This is business chic NAILED. If you don’t mind me asking, where do you get your body con dress from? I am looking for such basics for my corporate wardrobe. And this one looks so good on you.

    • Mahina Hathaway

      Duh… I just answered by own question by reading properly πŸ˜›

    • Thank you Mahina. And as I see from your comment below, you’re all over that. If you wanted ones with sleeves {i have a long sleeve and a 3/4} I got those from 17 Sundays. Their BASIC range keeps me covered in that area.