Diane Kruger Gives The Crop Top A Sophisticated Spin

Wearing a crop top can be intimidating, since you run the risk of exposing too much skin and looking more sophomoric than sophisticated. But there’s a way of styling this abbreviated piece so that it’s polished and ladylike. Just take a look at Diane Kruger’s ensemble at a book signing for Stephenie Meyer's The Host in Los Angeles last month. The actress, who stars in the film adaptation of the novel, paired Carven’s Popeline Shirt ($221) with Vanessa Bruno’s Red Leather A-Line Skirt ($1079, 323.655.5310) from the S/S 13 collection and Christian Louboutin Miyousra Pumps ($865). Curious to see Why It Works? Keep reading for details on how to snag Kruger’s fashion formula.

Earrings: With a look this daring, there’s no need to pile on the accessories. Choose a sleek and simple pair of hoop earrings to temper your ensemble.
Similar Essentials: Argento Vivo Hoop Earrings ($118); Nordstrom Thick Medium Hoop Earrings ($28); Anne Klein Wide Hoop Earrings ($18) in Silver.

Top: When looking for the perfect crop top, a boxy, structured shape is best. An elegant and tailored fit, like Kruger’s, instantly pulls your outfit together.
Similar Essentials: Theyskens' Theory Borty Cropped Leather Top ($425); Topshop Crop Pleat Back Shirt ($70); Dahlia Lace Cropped Blouse ($56).

Skirt: The most important tip to remember? Team your crop top with a high-waisted skirt, as the smart pairing reveals just a slice of skin--not too much, not too little--for a subtly flirtatious vibe.
Similar Essentials: Oscar de La Renta Darted Leather Pencil Skirt ($1999); Joseph Stretch-Leather Pencil Skirt ($795); American Apparel The Leather Mini Skirt ($125).

Shoes: Keep the rest of your look classic and low-key with a pair of feminine heels. Opt for a pair in an understated hue, like Kruger’s neutral pumps.
Similar Essentials: Coclico High-Heeled Sandals ($477); Michele Grimaldi High-Heeled Sandals ($147); Café’NOIR Pumps With Open Toe ($138).