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I almost shudder when I hear the words crop top and immediately remind myself of the following: 1. I must go the gym 2. I wish I had a tan (i.e. book a holiday!) The crop top trend is not for the faint hearted, never the less; it is a key look for the coming Spring Summer 2012/13 season – when the temperatures start to heat up a little!! This trend took international catwalks by storm this year with heavy hitters like Prada, Jason Wu, Nina Ricci and Donna Karen all showcasing the somewhat daring look.

Tonnes of celebs have been jumping on the bandwagon with this look, with some even managing to pull it off quite nicely. (I’m not at all jealous… honest!)

The key to getting this trend right is to think balance; try pairing it with high waisted a-line skirts, high waisted slouchy trousers, vintage baggy denims, high waisted pencil skirts and button down cardi’s. You are already baring a lot of skin with this look, so try to even things out and create a more balanced look by covering up elsewhere. Chanel 1950′s pin up glamour rather than 1980′s teenage runaway!! Most of all, be brave… this trend can look totally rockin’ if you get it right. Just be careful not to take your inspiration from Katy Perry…

Here is some street stylin’ shots to get your inspiration flowing:

Here is a few of our favourite picks that are available online now, but stay tuned, in a couple of months they will be everywhere!

ASOS, $15.60

House of Wild, $79

Somedays Lovin’, $29.95

TOP TIPS * If you are feeling a bit bare always cover up with a cardi or loose fitting jacket – this makes the look more flattering * Opt for strong floral print if you want to be on top of the fashion pack * You don’t have to go for bra top style to rock this trend, try the longer version, with baggy pants and a blazer

TREND ALERT_ Crop That Top