4 Ways To Rock the Crop Top This Summer, Courtesy of Camille Co

 

Yes, I know. The comeback crop top fad this summer is no new news. Day after day, I’ve seen the tops continuously hit the racks at all my favorite clothing stores. If you’re anything like me though — someone who leans toward the “fluffy” side of the Asian figure spectrum — it can be a little daunting to try the midriff-flaunting look.

As it turns out, Filipino fashion blogger and Spanish fashion brand’s Mango’s newest “It” Girl Camille Co, is the ultimate answer to my question on how to pull off the crop top look, without concurrently destroying my self-esteem. On her lookbook page, as well as her own fashion blog titled Camille Tries to Blog, Camille shows us a variety of different ways we can rock the look in a more chic way.

Here are some of her outfits we love:

1. Pair a basic crop top with high-waisted shorts with a fun print, and throw a leather jacket in a bold color on top, for an edgier look.

 

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2. Pair the crop top with a mini skirt, and a loose blazer for a night out.

 

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3. If you’re going somewhere fancy, wear a strapless crop top with a high-waisted skirt and of course the essential pumps.

 

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4. A crop T-shirt works well with a high-waisted pencil skirt; pair it with slip-on sneakers for a casual look.

 

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You can also follow Camille on Weibo here.

Leather In Summer Weather? This Fashion Blogger Shows You How

If you love the spunky and impossibly adorable fashion vlogger, Jenn Im (whose summer casual outfits can be found here), then you’ll love her equally fashionable, yet more edgy insta-sister, Eugenie Grey–because after all, opposites do attract. The chic pair has been spotted gleefully piggybacking each other and hanging out occasionally on Instagram, and just being two totally awesome Korean American trendsetters. I mean, just look how cute they are.

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More famously known by her Instagram handle feralcreature, Eugenie Grey often channels a rock-and-roll persona that acts almost like an alter ego to Jenn Im’s sweet charm–but let’s be honest, we all want to be a little bad ass from time to time. So here’s how to be unapologetically “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll” in the summer heat with the 5 top rocker-chic looks by feralcreature. Start practicing your mean muggin’ face.

 


 

1) Keeping it Bare
Put away those high-wasted shorts and expose your midriff. The zip-up cropped turtle neck paired with the black leather duo of the jacket and boots give the outfit that bad-ass edge, but revealing the midriff graces the ensemble with an overall soft and cool look.

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2) Hang Loose
Let it flow by wearing loosely fit tanks and bottoms. The silhouette of the joggers gives the outfit a relaxed, summery vibe, but the leathery, “snake” effect will keep it on the edge. And don’t put away those beanies just because it’s summer–they give the perfect finish for a street-style look.

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3) Black and Gold
All black and gold, and that’s that.

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4) Add Some Color
If you need a little splash of something-something in an overall one-tone outfit, then throw a bright flannel around your waist to liven it up and wear lipstick to match.

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5) Laced
You don’t have to lose your edge when you put on a dress. Simultaneously gritty yet elegant, this lacey, see-through dress channels vampire-goth vibes, but it will still keep you cool in the summer heat.

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Grey, who is based in Los Angeles, is an active fashion blogger, model, and style icon in the Instagram realm. She has been featured in online fashion sites the likes of Vogue Italia, Nasty Gal, and Wasteland, as well as in print magazines, including Nylon Japan, Clin D’Oeil, Disfunkshion Magazine, and Kode Magazine.

(Photo credit: @feralcreature on Instagram and feralcreature.com)

Nothing To Wear? Dress Like Actress Park Min-young With Easy Summer Stripes

 

We all have those days where we feel too lazy to put together our most fashion forward, effort-full (as opposed effortless) outfit. For those days, try going minimalist (or Parisian! Or nautical!) with something in a black and white stripe. The ultimate “neutral” (wear it with anything) and a chameleon of style (depending on how you wear it, it can look punk rock or French-cool or sailor chic), black and white stripes is the easiest way to turn a simple #OOTD, normcore looks into a fab ensemble.

Korean actress Park Min-young’s outfit below is so simple (it’s a baggy top and a skirt) and yet she looks chic and put together.

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Korean actress Park Min-young at the airport in Hawaii.

 

Stripes and leggings? This may be your easiest summer look yet.

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Stripes with trousers and funky flats look instantly put together, even when the stripes are slouchy.

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Pair with a circle skirt for a Parisian vibe, or dress up an all black outfit with a pop of stripes — you’re ready for work!

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Dress Like Korean Actress Jeon Ji-hyun With Round Sunglasses

Take a cue from the fashiongentsia at Seoul Fashion Week — wear round sunglasses! Actress Jeon Ji-hyun solidified this must-have look when she wore House of Holland’s Cagefighter sunglasses in the international K-drama hit, My Love From the Stars, this past spring.

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Chic attendees at Seoul Fashion Week F/W 2014 this past March.

This blast from the past accessory has made a come back from the ’70s. Whether it’s a beach day, a shopping outing or just a drive to work, these sunglasses add a touch of vintage to your outfit and protect your eyes from that blinding summer sun! Popularized by John Lennon and later, Ozzy Osborne, round sunnies are part hippie, part modern, and all trés chic for summer. Go with some classic round sunnies that are heavily tinted or try a modern take with the gold rimmed designs. Whichever pair you choose to wear this summer, these sunnies will make you feel hip and free-spirited.

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The Do’s & Don’ts of This Summer’s Bralet Fashion Trend

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Underwear as outerwear has made a scene in the fashion world. Watch out Audrey readers. The bralet fashion trend is definitely taking over this summer!

This trend may seem unusual, but who said that fashion follows the norm?

Below are some tips below on some things to keep in mind when trying this out-there trend! Don’t forget to find a bralet that fits your body perfectly, no one wants any mishaps.


1). Counter the skin tight nature of the bralet with a flowy maxi skirt! Wearing a top that is both cropped and fitted to the body can be daunting. Adding a loose maxi skirt adds balance to the outfit!
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2). Not feeling a skirt? Add a loose factor to your bralet outfit with a long cardigan or kimono cover up!
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3). Want to flaunt your bralet? Try pairing it with a pencil skirt. Remember not too tight!
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4). Going for a more polished look with your bralet? Pair your bralet with a structured blazer.
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Ice Up Your Summer With This Pastel Blue Fashion Trend

Story by Jeline Abutin.

Did you think pastels were just for the spring? Think again. This summer, try the icy shade of pastel blue. This color is definitely trending! Portray your laid-back summer months through some stylish pastel blue pieces. This color is both calm and soothing. It will definitely keep you cool from the sun, unlike a darker color that will soak up the sun’s heat.

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Seen in fashion shows for Prada, Valentino, and much more, pastel blue can be edgy, despite its demure look.

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Feeling like the pastel blue is a little too dull for your taste? Pair this color with bright bold colored pieces to add balance. Want to soak up the trend in all its coolness? Don’t be afraid to wear pastel blue throughout your whole outfit. Add hints of white to accent your pastel blue pieces.

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Hot Summer Trend: Tropical Print

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Despite the cliché, tropical prints are a wardrobe must in the hot summer months. Consisting of a plethora of prints ranging from palm trees to exotic florals, tropical prints may have you taking a vacation 24/7. Fashion-wise that is.

Resembling the Hawaiian shirt your dad or grandpa wore, tropical prints have gone farther than just a Luau or vacation staple piece. They have been seen on the runway from designers like Armani and have been in retail stores like Zara and Forever 21.

This bold and bright print will have you feeling refreshed. Is the tropical print too touristy for your taste? Give your outfit a modern feel by pairing your tropical piece with another pattern. Do you have a tropical print dress and just don’t know what to wear it with? Pair your dress with a simple jean jacket and simple accessories to highlight the print.

One tip to keep in mind when wearing this print for the summer is to not over accessorize. Keep it simple since the print is so bold!

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How To: Maintain Your Summer Tan

With all the skin-whitening products in Asia, it’s easy to make the assumption that our culture is obsessed with being pale, BUT that isn’t always the case. Here in California for instance, we can’t avoid the summer sun, so many just embrace it.

Just got back from vacation and want to make your bronzed glow last? Here are a few tips to make your summer tan last!

 

 

 

 

SCRUB

Your body tans when the sun stimulates the pigment, melanin, which colors the top layer of skin. This layer of skin sheds every two weeks, so to ensure your tan lasts, scrub your skin before you go on vacation. A quick, inexpensive scrub can be made at home with rock salt and honey.

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DRINK WATER

When skin dries, it flakes. In the sun, your skin loses more water through sweating so drink tons of water.

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LOTION

Not only do you have to hydrate skin from the inside, you have to moisturize from the outside. Your daily moisturizer works, but lotions made specifically for after-sun have additional ingredients to soothe skin and enhance your tan.

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Summer Must-Have: Origami Skirts

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Amp up the average A-line flowy skirt for a crisp, structured origami skirt this summer!

Flowy skirts are fun and easy to wear, but can get a little repetitive. Take your love of the feminine skirt to a haute and edgy look by getting your hands on a skirt with more shape.

Pleats and geometric angled structured skirts can make your overall outfit polished with a hint of street style.

Pair your structured skirt with a Moto jacket to add shape to your upper torso for a tough but fem look. Not in the mood for too much structure? Pair your skirt with a simple t-shirt to make your skirt the center of the outfit.

We’ve all seen the infamous Zara skort worn by celebs like Kylie Jenner and Giuliana Rancic. Listed below are some affordable alternatives from Forever21 and Pacsun!

1). Forever 21 – Favorite Floral Origami Skirt: $17.80
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2). Forever 21 – Posh Origami Skirt: $14.06
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3). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Last Call Skirt: On Sale $69.99
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4). Pacsun – Finders Keepers Oblivion Skirt: On Sale $67.49
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Jenn Im’s Summer Casual Looks

Story by Jeline Abutin. 

Is the summer heat making your outfit choices on the casual side? Not to worry, Jenn Im of ClothesEncounters has just the write mix of casual and chic outfits for this summer!

Our number one fashion blogger on our list of “25 Asian Youtubers You Should Check Out,” Jenn Im provides her viewers with cute outfits for any occasion.

Watch her styling video from her YouTube channel below!