Styling a Crop Top | Chambray & Floral Trousers

Everywhere it’s Autumn capsule wardrobes and Fall wishlists and I’m thinking, hold on a mo, my lovelies, the leaves are still green, the sunflowers are still blooming, and squirrels haven’t even begun to think about squirreling their acorn hoards away yet!  Despite it being the soggiest August for an eon, I’m determined to squeeze in a couple of last Summer hurrahs!

Lily Print Trousers & Chambray Crop Top | Petite Silver Vixen

As soon as I saw these tailored trousers they made me want to board my private jet pronto and fly to my Italian villa for the weekend, where a bottle of Prosecco would be chilling for me on the bar overlooking the pool.  Never hurts to dream, does it?

I love the sleek cut of the trousers; the mid rise is a comfortable fit for warm days.  The print of these is so striking that they really stand out on their own accord.  No fancy, smancy top required; let the trousers take all the applause as you pose with hand in pocket.

Lily Print Trousers & Chambray Crop Top | Petite Silver Vixen

I chose a simple, chambray crop top as the companion piece for the trousers.  I like the contrast between the semi structured fit of the trousers and the soft, fluid feel of the top.

Now you’d think crop tops would be a match made in heaven for petites but hold your horses there. If you’re a short waisted/long legged petite who’s endowed on their top half like me, then you can end up looking like a lollipop!

It’s a question of getting the balance right.  I went for a looser fit rather than a close fit or bralet type crop that exposes acres of flesh.  That style would only serve to highlight the measly length of my waist and the size of my bust.

Lily Print Trousers & Chambray Crop Top | Petite Silver Vixen

As you can see from the very serious looking and tall model, these trousers hit way above the ankle. On me though, they’re a normal length.  I have to admit I’ve never thought to buy trousers from Warehouse as they don’t do a petite range.  I’d assumed, wrongly, that they’d all be jungle vine creeper length on me.  Just goes to show you shouldn’t always assume.  In fact, after buying these in the sale in store, I popped online and ordered another, similarly cut pair but in a different print, for the Autumn.

Do you think the model would smile if I offered her a glass of Prosecco? 

Lily Print Trousers from Warehouse

Warehouse Lily Print Trousers

And isn’t it deceptive how the colour is in the above photo, compared with what they are in reality?  One of the downsides of shopping online.  Would I have bought them if I’d only seen them online and not in their full glory in store?  Probably not.

The online photo sadly doesn’t do the colour of the trousers justice.

Lily Print Trousers & Chambray Crop Top | Petite Silver Vixen

And showing just what a great buy my matching necklace and bracelet were, here they are again on their second outing on the blog.  Their first twirl was with my African Inspired Print Maxi Dress.

Chambray Crop Top & Statement Necklace | Petite Silver Vixen

Chambray Crop Top & Bracelets | Petite Silver Vixen

The baby blue sandals I bought earlier in the Summer have really earned their keep.  My heart and feet will always favour wedges but my, are block heels a close runner up.

I’ve never really been one for spindly, skyscrapper heels.  How DO women walk in those darn things? I can really stride out in these without fear of tottering over.

Lily Print Trousers & Pastel Blue Block Heel Sandals | Petite Silver Vixen

Now ladies, if you’re going to ‘Carry on Crop Topping’ during the Autumn and I’ve seen long sleeved ones appearing in the stores, allow me to pass on a snippet of advice I stumbled across on t’internet, regarding how one must prepare oneself for parading one’s crop top.

According to an article in Allure, one should choose one’s ‘level of difficulty’.  Come again?

Lordy, I didn’t realise crop tops had ‘difficulty’ ratings!  You just pick one, put it on over your head and go, don’t you?  Tsk, no. My level of ‘difficulty’ is apparently entry-level because my crop top is slightly longer than a, you know, ultra cool, totally kosher crop top.  Why?  Because I’m not flashing any flesh.  My sweet, little chambray crop – shock horror – only merits being a pseudo crop top.  Oh the shame!

‘Giovanni, pour me another glass of Prosecco whilst I recover from the humiliation of sporting only a pseudo crop top!’

Maybe next summer I’ll progress to beginner level and give you all a hint of flesh.  That’s if I can find the time to er… ‘debloat’ first, regulate myself with fibre packets and do some sweat sessions with my non existent gym membership!

Can you tell I’m thinking, Not?

Lily Print Trousers & Chambray Crop Top | Petite Silver Vixen

Isn’t the high fashion advice you can find on t’internet grand?  Now go forth and totally ignore it, if you wish.  I shall, as I dream of sipping my chilled glass of Prosecco by the bar overlooking the pool of my Italian villa. Saluti!

Warehouse tailored trousers bought when half price.  Now reduced to £12 and some sizes still left.
Chambray ‘pseudo crop top’ and Sandals TKMaxx
Jewellery Red Herring

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  1. September 4, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Hi Jacqueline.
    Well, I read the words "Cropped top" and I was super excited to read this post!
    You did not disappoint…. epic fabulousness :0)
    Your petite legs actually make the trousers look great. The sandals are perfect (especially with your toe polish picking up the colour in the trousers)….and your "entry level" cropped top is just brilliant.
    I want this outfit in my life!
    Fake Fabulous

    • September 4, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      Aw, a big woop for 'epic fabulousness'. What a great way to start the weekend. Thank you! I don't think the way they've styled the model does the trousers any favours at all, so I'm glad you think my legs make the trousers look great. I'm not biased at all, of course! Ha, ha, my 'entry level' crop was a real find – I was so chuffed when I found it at TKMaxx and even more chuffed that it worked on me as I'd been looking for a crop for ages.

  2. September 5, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    Haha … love the way you write. Well, entry level crop tops are still a challenge when you're tall, because they show more than you've planned. It's a tricky business this crop topping, but you have mastered it obviously! Looking fab!

    Thanks for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and hope your weekend is off to a great start!

    Dawn Lucy

    • September 6, 2015 / 4:31 pm

      It definitely is a tricky business! But thank you, I'm glad you love the way I write.

  3. September 6, 2015 / 1:03 am

    I'm thinking you should invite me for a stay at your Italian villa…lol! Those pants are fierce and I absolutely love the crop top…pseudo or not. That's the problem for us elfin sized girls, what would be a an actual flesh bearing crop on us would be showing under-boob cleavage on taller girls. 🙂

    • September 6, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Invite extended, extra crates of Prosecco ordered, Debbie! The crop has definitely been a wise buy and has cropped up (pun totally intended!) several times this summer with other outfits.

  4. September 6, 2015 / 10:38 am

    Great look, love your trousers and sandals 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by the weekend blog hop..

    • September 6, 2015 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks Claire, just had to get them in before we say farewell to summer.

  5. September 8, 2015 / 9:20 am

    You are right, on your photographs the pants' colour looks much more interesting than that on the photo of a model. Beautiful print! And your pseudo crop top compliments the pants perfectly! As always, enjoyed reading your post 🙂

    • September 8, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      It's why I'm always a bit wary of buying online as the colours are often so different in real life. Thank goodness I saw these in the shop!

  6. September 8, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Enjoy that prosecco and enjoy those silly magazines and their supposed rules and advice. Your patterned pants and chambray top are perfect for late Summer. Enjoy that warm weather while you can

    • September 8, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Absolutely will and in fact I raise my glass to you, Jill! Rules are meant to be broken and so many we see in magazines I take with an armful of salt.

  7. September 11, 2015 / 3:45 am

    With all the fall talk on the blogs I get alittle sad myself as fall wardrobes are so hard to come by and mix as most fall days remain cooler and warm at the same time, but alas it is what it is and it will get cold soon but I am holding out just a bit longer and enjoying my summer clothes alittle longer. Love your look here and accessories!
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Bloggers Who Have Inspired me link up is now Live, hope you can join in
    Garay Treasures

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      That's the difficulty this time of year, isn't it. It's really two seasons in one day. I'm holding on too and only reluctantly giving away an inch at a time!

  8. September 17, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    You did very well. I like the trousers on you much better than on the model. On the model it looks as if they shrunk in the wash. Good thinking with the top. Just right. And I love you elegant sandals.

    • September 17, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      They do look like they've shrunk. Very odd and not exactly a great top she's wearing either! I think I did alot better – ha, ha, blowing my own trumpet! Thank you for your compliment.

  9. October 4, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Sweet outfit, Jacqueline. The trousers make your legs look sooooo long, certainly not like a petite size at all! Love the ploy of the simple top – let the trousers do all the talking. Well done xxx

    • October 5, 2015 / 4:58 pm

      My legs are the longest part of me, so being short, I try to show them off to their best! Thanks for your compliments.

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