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Top of the crop

Arpita Kala, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 06, 2013
First Published: 17:17 IST(6/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(7/4/2013)

With sunny and sweltry days closing in on us, it is time to beat the heat in style. Dare to bare this summer by pairing your pants, skirts or shorts with a chic crop top that was a big rage in the late 70s and 80s. A fashion staple with the likes of international celebs Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and Rita Ora, this midriff-baring trend has caught up with the Bollywood beauties too. Closer home, actors Neha Dhupia, Monica Dogra, Shazahn Padamsee and Priyanka Chopra, among others, were spotted rocking this look.

Get a flaunt-worthy midriff
Before you get onto the navel-exposing bandwagon, we tell you how to get an oomph-worthy midriff. A flabby mid-section is a complete no-no for this and you cannot rely on slimming shapewear either.So, go for stomach-toning exercises and a good diet to nail this trend. Sporting dry and flaky skin can kill your outfit instantly. Take time out to gently slough off the dead skin in the area with a body scrub and generously moisturise it with baby oil or cream. You can also effectively mask an uneven skin tone or blemishes and stretch marks on the stomach, by applying a foundation base on the area first and then, using concealer. For a night-time glam look, you can also dust on a wee bit of body shimmer or bronzer to add a dose of drama.

How to get the look
Keep your makeup and hair minimal. If you must, go bold with either the eyes or the lips.
Pair wedges and block heels in fun prints with your crop top for a day-time look. Or up the drama with high heels, studs or diamante footwear for a night do. 
Do not go overboard with accessories. Wear either a simple pair of drop earrings or a dainty necklace, but never both at the same time.

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A crop top is tee with the lower portion cut off
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