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Crop Tops & Midi Skirts – My New Best Friends

“Crop top” – two little innocuous words that strike fear into the hearts of most women. I understand. I was never really a fan of exposing my “hamburger processor” for the world to see. As your typical North American female, I was concerned with how that looked and frankly, how that style came across to others – me waltzing around at “my age” in Britney Spear’s favourite uniform.

With overhauling my wardrobe came a little experimentation. A known lover of Kim Kardashian (I can’t help it! #sorrynotsorry), I always admired how she pulled off the crop top with tight midi-skirt combo. Maybe it’s her incredibly hourglass figure, or the fact that she just doesn’t care and wears whatever she wants, but this look – to me – really seems to complement her chesty, full-hipped figure. Anyways, I find the look sexy without having to reveal too much cleavage and too much leg.

Kim Kardashian with parasite best friend, Jonathan Cheban:

Kim Kardashian Style Domination Ottawa Blogger Fashion Blog Crop Top Midi Skirt
Love Kim’s neutral outfit
As much as I love my classic wardrobe of dark blazers, neutral-coloured cashmere sweaters, dark denim and pearls, I was longing for something a little fun and trendy.  Off to the mall I went in search of something cool, unique and non-stuffy.

I found myself at “my” store – Aritzia. I have a love/hate relationship with this popular store. Every time I walk in, the hip hop music is blaring, and I get jostled around by teens as I wince and cover my ears and feel extremely old.  Their offerings are sooo nice though, explaining why 90% of my paycheque goes to Aritzia, leaving me devoid of a Chanel Bag.

As I sifted through the racks hoping I don’t suffer permanent hearing loss at the hands of Waka Flocka, I stumbled upon the perfect crop top and pleated midi skirt.  I grabbed my sizes and headed to the fitting room.  They both fit beautifully and I hurried to the cash desk, slammed down my credit card and ran out of the store with only minor bleeding from the ears.

I chose a snug-fitting black crop top with long sleeves. I would get the most wear out of this as the weather is starting to cool off, and I felt this provided a more elegant look for a 30-something girl. The pleated midi-skirt was on the shopping list for while now and was thrilled to find one so easily. With its classic, feminine pleats in basic black, I can wear this with everything. Also, I’m considered on the taller side at 5’8″, so midi-skirts are particularly flattering on me.

Now, I hear this all the time: “I can’t wear midi skirts!  I’m too short…they’ll be floor-length on me.” I have an easy fix – take it to a tailor!  Have it shortened to mid-calf! This is such a flattering and frankly classy look…everybody should give it a go. The midi-skirt with an A-line silhouette is particularly flattering on curvy types with defined waists and those who are pear-shaped. Just try it!

Style Domination Ottawa Blogger Aldo
Loving this crop and loving that bib necklace even more!
Style Domination Ottawa Blogger Aritzia

Outfit details:

What do you think of the crop top with midi skirt trend? Let me know in the comments!


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Dominique Baker
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Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. October 3, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I love it …….:) if u got it FLAUNT IT XO i feel the same about Aritzia ………..
    🙂 x

    • October 3, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      Aww thanks, Cat! Yep – you can usually find me at Aritzia either shopping happily or hiding under a rack in the fetal position covering my ears.

  2. October 3, 2015 / 8:46 am

    If I had a body like yours ,I’d wear crop tops everyday 😀

  3. October 3, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    You’re gorgeous, girl … Show it off! 😉

    • October 4, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      Omg – I am LOVING that necklace!! Surprisingly for me, I’m getting a ton of wear out of it! Thanks for your kind words! xo

      • October 4, 2015 / 11:39 pm

        I don’t know about yours but mine is kind of heavy. I can only wear it for a few hours before my neck starts to hurt. ?

        • October 6, 2015 / 11:28 pm

          Oh – mine is heavy too. Right there with you. Lol.

  4. October 3, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Yassssssss hunttyyyy!
    Yes to ALL of this!
    Cracked up several times reading this too, @ ‘Parasite Johnny’ and waka flocka!

    • October 4, 2015 / 8:07 pm

      Ok good. It must be funny if it made you laugh. Thrilled to read that! Yeah – I’m old. I hate new music and I’m scared of teenagers. Thanks for the compliments, babe. Signing up for a photography course so I hope to kiss the noisy, grainy, crappy pics goodbye soon. LOL!

  5. October 3, 2015 / 6:15 pm

    Love it! Just posted a story the other day about the amazingness (is that a word?) that is the midi. The combo looks great on you too! What do you think about also pairing a more taylored crop with high waisted jeans a la 1960s? Maybe too retro or still hip?

    • October 4, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      I say go for it! The outfit sounds gorgeous – and if it’s nice and tailored, it’s bound to look good! I love high-waisted jeans too, so I’m totally on board with your outfit proposal. Checking out your post now!

  6. October 4, 2015 / 3:36 am


    I loved this post for so many reasons.

    Firstly I do not much have interest in Hollywood folks, not because of anything that they have done, but simply because we’re conditioned to believe that we “know” these characters that they are portrayed as, when in all reality we know jack shit!
    I take a great interest in human behavior & psychology behind the influence and attraction between average folk and those in the media is interesting to say the least.

    However! I can not deny the style and motivation that the Kardashian -Jenner sisters have brought to the attention of the world. Seriously between the 5 of them with all their different body types and sizes, there is a shape and style for every woman to look at and be made to feel confident having. Tall, short, wide, skinny, big busted, small busted, dark skin, light skin, they’ve really just boxed it all and said “here you go ladies, be happy”. 🙂

    And happy I am. I love it when Kim as you mentioned where’s crop tops. I am much the same, short, muscular thighs, wide hips,tiny waist and a 34 D cup which over-floweth sometimes. I too have always been under the impression that the crop will be my forever worst enemy. Until that is one day I literally had nothing to wear and was forced to pair a crop with a high waisted skirt and pumps! I made sure that the “puppies” were well supported and that the skirt was a light free flowing cotton material.

    Stepping out of my front door was a little nerve wrecking and my confidence was not so hot to trot, but by the 3rd compliment from a total stranger I was walking tall. I must admit after taking a few photos of myself and some long self motivating stares in the mirror, I actually felt well dressed and well fitted. I really didn’t expect I would and have since been dying to do the look again. I don’t have a crop top anymore, so I will need one of these but I am ready to go as soon as I find the perfect Spring / Summer look!

    My only tips would be for the shorter girls who are big busted, make sure that you’re supported and “held up” well, if you’re not, your proportions can look a little odd. You should be able to define your bust area, waist area, hips, legs and shoes.

    You don’t need to wear heels. No matter how short you are, as long as you pay attention to the above advice you will look amazing in flats or heels. I prefer pumps or open shoes due to the fact that I am outside so much and do a lot of walking, no one likes to be stuck or limited to their adventures “because shoes”.

    Awesome article, thanks for the reminder that you can be awesome, and it’s all up to you 🙂


    • October 4, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      What a great comment, Cee! Loved all of your suggestions. So happy you tried the crop top! See? You are gorgeous – even strangers know it! LOL! I especially agree with you about the busty gals being well-supported. I agree with you so much that you inspired me to write a post on lingerie all girls need and should own. As for the Kardashians, they are annoying, terrible role models, but they have style and I love what they have done for bringing curves to the forefront. The only thing that’s annoying is that black women have had these curves forever and nobody noticed until JLo and Kardashian came on the scene. Sigh.

      • October 5, 2015 / 2:06 am


        Wow, so glad I inspired you, yay! And thank you! Looking forward to that post! I would love to some bigger girl underwear tips and advice I often struggle esp when I am going to events and dresses are required to be worn 🙁

        Yeah, quite sad about the bigger body thing right! I am fro South Africa and African woman have always been “bigger” wider etc and shopping for pants or jeans etc has been a mission since I was a child, only to find over the last 4 years or so as the “look” becomes more popular that stores are starting to cater to us! Its been a HUGE success for those that have finally come around.

        He he he he he…..
        Chat soon!


        • October 6, 2015 / 11:25 pm

          Hey Cee! Don’t worry. A lingerie post is in the works!! Glad to see that you are finding more options for wonderfully curvy and womanly bodies! For far too long, the beauty ideal was skinny and blonde. Thrilled to see more diversity (thrilled actually to finally find shirts with longer sleeves and pants with long hems)!!

  7. October 4, 2015 / 7:06 am

    Love your outfit! 🙂 And your shoes are dope 🙂 I’m also a fan of Kim Kardashian and her fashion sense is amazing 🙂 Can’t wait to watch another episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians tonight haha!
    xoxo Laura

    • October 4, 2015 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you! I am hopelessly hooked on KUWTK! I just love seeing what they are all wearing and their makeup looks! Thanks for your kind words. Those shoes are seriously comfortable, surprising for Zara – haha!

  8. October 5, 2015 / 1:40 am

    While I personally can’t pull it off, it looks amazing on you! And btw, no shame, I love the kardashians too. Kourtneys probably my favorite though.

    • October 6, 2015 / 11:27 pm

      I looooove Kourtney’ssense of style! I feel she is the best dressed out of all of them. Kim needs more coverage, Khloe and Kylie are too trashy and Kendall looks too “off-duty model” all of the time (not necessarily a bad thing!). Thanks for your kind words and stopping by!

  9. October 5, 2015 / 4:08 am

    I adore this look!!! You pull it off so well. I have a random fear of crop tops on me, like I can´t pull them off. haha. That skirt though, I want it! You look awesome chica!
    wishing you an awesome start to the week

    • October 6, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Dana! I love that skirt soooo much! It comes in a rich wine colour that I’m considering buying (but really shouldn’t). ? Lol! Thanks for stopping by! xo

  10. October 5, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Absolutely fabulous I’d say… and much more stylish than the Kim Kardashian outfit… good job! Love, Kathleen

  11. October 5, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    You look fabulous! So classy and not at all Britney Spears in the early 2000s! You rocked that crop top look!

    • October 6, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      Hahaha! Remember those terrible super low waisted jeans? Ugh. Thanks for your kind words!!! xo

  12. October 6, 2015 / 12:22 am

    Girl, love this! And the shoes are to die

  13. October 6, 2015 / 5:40 am

    Eeeeeeeeek. B A B E . Haha you look amazing and I am the queen of crop tops!! So glad you are incorporating them into your personal style and day-day outfits; they really have grown into being transitional and staple additions for every fashionista’s wardrobe. AND nothing looks more elegant and refreshing then pairing a crop top with a perfect midi skirt. PS: That necklace is to die for.

    Xo. http://www.sonamnaiducreative.com

    • October 6, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH!!! I’m really enjoying this look. I wish it was warm all year round so we could wear these all the time!! Lol! And that necklace is from Aldo. Got it two weeks ago. Go treat yourself! ;o)

  14. October 8, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    this looks amazing! i love the all-black…you definitely kept it classy and elegant!

    • October 8, 2015 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you so much, Syah! I really like this outfit! I feel comfortable in it, as opposed to overexposed and not very confident! xo

  15. October 26, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Love this look! You have perfect tone abs for the crop top!

    Vivienne X

    • October 27, 2015 / 10:43 am

      Haha! Thank you, Vivienne! The thousands of crunches are finally paying off!! Lol! xo

  16. November 3, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    You look fab as always, and absolutely loving the necklace! xx

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