Cropped tops. Do not all guffaw at once.
As I said yesterday, I finally have come round to acknowledging that these are the most perfect solution for full skirts. For high waisted trousers these are one of the only options.
I'm giving in to the cropped top.
Now there are some disclaimers. When I say cropped, I do not mean that there is one iota of flesh on show. Cropped as in, to the waist. We're talking cropped for the post 40s. Although to be fair, I wouldn't have worn one of the other versions post 30 and definitely not post 35 (aka baby number 3). These are, dare I say it, the more mature version of the crop top. Not the Victoria Secret's version.
Perhaps we should rephrase it as "The vaguely cropped top".
I would not have entertained these in a million years, had you asked me yesterday. But thanks to one very canny Sales Assistant at LK Bennett, she gave me one of these to try with the plethora of skirts I took into the changing room. As seen in the blog from Tuesday.
"Try with a cropped top", she says confidently. Much to the raised eyebrows of both myself and my friend (ok so the BFF was verging on a Tena moment whilst I tried to hold it together thinking, yeah right). But this was no ordinary "cropped top". This was an LK Bennett cropped top which of course was about three times as long as the hideous vision those scary words had conjured up in my mind. This was decent. There was no muffin flashing going in this beauty.
Alea Textured Crop top in Black from LK Bennett £145 Which also comes in a cream.
And even better, you have to size down in it. I had a size Medium on which was too big and so a size Small was perfect. It's not cheap. It's really quite hideously expensive for, what is essentially a glorified jersey top.
But it is, in fact, a magic top. It's the perfect length (I have a short torso so am average sized in that capacity) for over high waisted skirts. And it would also be absolutely perfect over wide legged trousers too.
I thought I'd be able to find loads of these on the High Street. How many times over the last couple of years have I picked up a top and thought, "Oh balls, it's cropped. I'll be flashing the excesses of my debauched life in that. That'll be a no".
Do you think I can find any of them now? Of course not. There aren't that many around at all. A boxy cropped top that isn't Taylor Swift cropped (of which there are many if you fancy exposing a rib or two). Very very few. Which is why the LK Bennett one is suddenly more than a little bit awesome.
I did also see this below instore in a navy although they don't seem to have that online. The Sales Assistant did say there was a lilac version which, again, we (subtly) rolled our eyes at. Well I'm chomping humble pie as this, with the black and white skirt, looks absolutely amazing. (clearly I need the shoes as well but they're for another day).
Malia Knitted Cropped Top from LK Bennett in heather was £95 now £65
Going slightly off piste now with my fabrics but to dress the skirt down, how about a sweatshirt fabric? Can you tell these sorts of tops are VERY thin on the ground. Yes that scraping sound you hear is me and a barrel.
And I'm out. Ok so there are possibly a few other places I could look but work was interrupted by a trip to the garage as I "may" have reversed into a wheelie bin and smashed my back light.
I still also have fine knits to look at which are less boxy than boxy tops. I am holding out more hope for these. If I do happen to come across more decent length boxy tops then I will let you know. Other than that, I think we all need to be hyper vigilant for an LK Bennett discount code...
First thing today and all the glamour not but all the practicality yes for a long dog walk with the shrinking dog.