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Photos: Elena Perminova; Courtesy of vanessajackman.blogspot.comaloveisblind.tumblr.com.

I still remember that in the 80s, followed Madonna’s lead, my cool aunt loved wearing crop tops. This season, the trend came back! But definitely not with those shorts hanging on the hips. The above two looks of Elena Perminova are my favorite so far, and they are perfect examples of how to rock this “new” trend in a modern sophisticated way.

The key to baring midriff without looking vulgar is playing it coy, showing a hint of skin by teaming them with high waist pants or skirts. For sleeveless crop tops, I prefer to go with loose fitted, relaxed pants or over-the-knee skirt to balance the bare arms.

Details also make a huge difference. As showed on Elena Perminova, edgy modern accessories (like mirrored sunglasses and translucent pumps) and simple sophisticated color palettes (from fresh blue and white combo to urban chic neutrals) really elevate the whole look.

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Top: Topshop (great style here)
Trousers: Mango (more options here)
Bag: CC Skye 
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (similar here & here)
Sunglasses: KW ($10! adore this aviator version!)

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Jacket: Burberry (great alternative here & here)
Pants: Vince (60% off here! similar here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Tory Burch (also love this pair)

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