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You guys, we’re leaving in less than a week for Europe. I’m kind of starting to freak out. We haven’t even reserved all of our travel plans and hotels. Usually by this point I’d have everything more than planned out, but since we’re going with Dave’s co-workers (they’re going to a 2 day conference while we’re there) we’ve been dependent on others’ plans.
I’m sure it will all work out, but until then, I may be kind of a nervous wreck. I’m not one of those laid back, calm traveling types. Nope. Not at all.
Today’s outfit is my take on the crop top. I honestly have had a horrible time finding a cropped top that works for me as most of the fitted ones have looked unfortunate across the chest, and the looser, oversized ones tend to make me look kind of frumpy and/or are not actually cropped on me. The struggle. It’s real.
What I’m Wearing
Top: Puella Swing Top (different fabrics)
Skirt: Chelsea28 A-Line Skirt (similar)
Shoes: Mossimo Caged Rylee Heel, Target
Necklace: Anchor Sideways Pendant, c/o The Collegiate Standard
But I was playing around with this top I have and knotting it and was like… hmm, I wonder what this would look like if I knotted it super short and faked a crop top? And so I did and I actually kind of dug it. So, here it is. Who needs to buy a crop top when you can just make it out of a shirt you already own, right?
In addition to my crop top escapades, this outfit features a cute little sterling silver anchor necklace that I received from The Collegiate Standard. As some of you may know, even though I went to traditional university, I wasn’t in the Greek system. I just didn’t feel like it was for me, but if you were in the Greek system, you’ll love a lot of the jewelry that The Collegiate Standard offers! If you’re like me though, you’ll probably be a bigger fan of the non-Greek pieces like this elephant ring or this pearl one.
They’ve offered 5% off any order with code “RIGBY” (not an affiliate code) and to give one of you the same necklace I’m wearing here, so be sure to enter below! *Please note, this giveaway is open to US addresses only.
Were you in the Greek system in college? How would you style this necklace?
Thanks for this cute giveaway! I’d wear it on a simple white t-shirt with pleated jeans and boots :)
(Btw, there’s a faulty link on Collegiate Standard’s IG.)
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Sounds like the perfect outfit to wear it with! And thanks so much for catching that – it’s been fixed! :)
I wasn’t in the Greek system. I could style this necklace with so much of my summer casual wear. I wear jean shorts and tanks that are nautical looking often.
That sounds perfect! Thanks for entering, Christy!
I went to University in Canada and was not in the Greek system. However, my blog partner was a member of Delta Gamma so the anchor is perfect for her! Love the outfit and the faux-crop top. Clever idea!
Oh that’s awesome! Thanks Ree! :)
I went to the University of Washington and I, also, was not in the Greek system. I have a lot of friends that were, though, so I got to attend a lot of fun activities :) This necklace would be perfect for my friend who’s husband is in the Navy :) Love your pics!
Thanks so much, Portia! I also had a lot of friends in the Greek System so I got a little taste of it too. Thanks for entering the giveaway, and good luck! :)
Love your take on this shirt! Would never guess that it was actually a longer swing top!
Thanks so much, Andrea! I’m sure the shirt looks familiar to you, haha! ;)
I would style that necklace with a cute tee and blue jeans. :)
Sounds like the perfect outfit! Thanks for entering, Ashley!
I was not in the Greek system!
Thanks for entering, Tabitha!
It kinda resembled a rose when you knotted your shirt, and it looks good!
It kind of does! Thanks Jae!
I was in the Greek system (Alpha Phi) buuut I’d probably prefer this anchor necklace anyway because I love all things nautical!
Glad you liked the anchor necklace! Good luck, Mattie! :)
So cute I love anchor stuff! :)
Thanks Julia, so do I! :)
I was not in the Greek system, it is not use in Mexico.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Of course, thanks for entering, Marifer!
I love the beachy/ocean vibe from this outfit and the mock crop top totally works in your favor! You look adorable!
Aw, thank you Chelsie!
Your knot is so cute! I love how they’re coming back and you did it perfectly without looking like you stepped out of the 80s :)
Aw, thanks Brittany! :)
You’re like me: Short torso, long legs. The struggle is totally real! I love your version of a crop top. When you can’t buy it – make it!
Thanks Stephanie! Glad you understand the struggle, haha!
I’m loving this outfit! I have such a hard time finding crop tops that flatter me as well. Same issues as you, either they look frumpy or they make me look wayyy too busty for my liking. Great idea just turning a normal t into a crop top! And? those sandals are so cute, I can’t believe they’re from Target!
Super cute outfit! Also, your lip color is amazing! :) Hope you have an amazing time in Europe.
I wasn’t in the Greek system but I’m always looking for cute jewelry! I would use the necklace to put together an adorable casual outfit
This is SUCH a cute outfit! Have a great time.
xo katie // a touch of teal
I love the whole outfit but especially those shoes, they are so cute!
Cute outfit. Absolutely loved that necklace and the shoes. Cool crop top too! :)
I would style this super cute necklace with a red & white striped top and blue jean shorts. Also, cute white sandals and other silver jewelry. So nice! Thank-you. :)
Very cute outfit! I love those shoes! Perfect outfit for a weekend at the sea!
What a cute idea! I can never find crop tops that work for me either so I might have to try this one. Have fun on your trip! I am not a calm traveler either. I’m always stressed about missing flights or getting lost so I totally feel you on that.
I feel the same way about crop tops and have also knotted some shirts this was as an alternative. It’s a win win – the look of a crop top without having to spend money on a trendy piece that will go out of style soon (I really really hope it goes out of style soon anyway).
After going through 5 pregnancies and now having a teenage daughter, I think I’m past the crop top stage of life. lol. But the necklace and shoes are really cute.
I love what you did with the shirt! And I totally want that necklace. I’m really into anchors this year:-)
Love this tie up shirt look! So fun
I love nautical stripes and prints during Summer so I’d style it with a print top and some Matelot shorts.
looove the lipstick!
have a great week lovely!
xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty
That necklace is so cute! I love how dainty it is. I don’t like wearing chunky jewelry in the summer because it’s just too hot for that. I actually have the opposite problem with crop tops. I am pretty tall and have a long torso, so the crop tops end up coming up way too high. I’m afraid if I raise my arms my chest would be out. LOL
Love this necklace! I would style it with a simple graphic tee and some jeans! It’s so perfect for everyday wear!
I really want to get into the crop top trend but I’ve had the same issue as you with not being able to find flattering ones!
I haven’t tried a croptop, but I like the way you wear that shirt! I did get one shirt that ties in the front, and I got totally wild and crazy and tied a chambray shirt in a knot in front of an olive green maxi!
(I clicked the link and like that shirt untied, too! Super cute!)
Cutest outfit! I should do something like this because I have a few pants/skirts that would look so much better with a crop top but I am not really a fan. I wasn’t in the Greek system either but I have some friends that were and would love this jewelry! I do love the pearl rings on their site though!
Awww you’re going to have so much fun in Europe! Can’t wait to see pics. :)
xo – Sheila
Thanks Sheila! We’re super excited! :)
Im in AXiD but anchors have always been my favorite. They are a symbol for someone who has had a significant impact in my life. They reminded me to stay true to my word, hold my ground, and don’t get defeated. Anchors are the perfect symbol for that! Such a cute giveaway!
I love that! Thanks so much for entering, Kelsey, and good luck!
I’d wear this with a sleeveless white sundress, a blue and white striped cardigan and a red belt and red pumps.