Styled: Spring with Hackwith Design House 2/2

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Remember a few weeks back when I mentioned I was attempting to try the crop top look? It is the hottest thing this as you see them everywhere right now. Wherever I look the crop is in and there is no denying it or ignoring it. I wasn’t super sure how to make this look work for me. Having a long torso means crop tops can look a little…well, too cropped sometimes, but when I spotted Hackwith Design House’s Kelby Top in all its hand-bleached perfection, I knew her and I would be besties pretty quickly.

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Sure enough, she fit right in with my new favorite high rise destroyed black skinnies from ASOS just right. The thing I quickly learned about the crop top is a couple things. First, in order to properly execute you must seize the moment and look at the crop top as not a way to shorten your torso but an opportunity to elongate your legs. For all of us ladies that have shorter legs this is a surprising option I never considered. Sure enough, pairing comfy and flatting high-waisted jeans and a favorite pair of heels makes my legs magically look as if I might have grown up over night a little, or am I just imagining things?

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

The other thing about properly wearing a top as beautiful and comfortable as the Kelby is that you want to make sure to keep the mystery. It is easy with a crop top to somehow find yourself in a belly shirt very quickly. Not that there is anything wrong with a belly shirt, but I have a tendency to walk a more conservative edge in fashion so the belly shirt thing scares me. Though it is tempting on warm days to let it out, I find that to not be as sexy and graceful as it is to keep the belly button slightly hidden. That is where that high rise will once again help you out. Also the skinny pant mixed with the flowy nature of the top brings shape and balance to the look. Simple and uncomplicated, huh?

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

What I really love about this look is how feminine and girly it felt. I am not always someone who embraces the girly look, but the wide cut to the top with the curve embracing pants made me feel a little like I had recently discovered my type of feminine attire. I think that is what I truly love about Lisa’s designs at Hackwith. She has found the perfect way to show the beauty of a real woman while combining quality, mystery, and classics shapes all at the same time. Every piece I put on makes me feel comfortable and beautiful in my skin, which isn’t easy to find in clothing as a woman…at least in my own research.

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

There is no doubt the crop top is going to be taking a strong hold in my Spring and Summer wardrobe this year. All my hesitancy has been stripped away and now I feel ready to conquer this beautiful and classic shape in even more ways this season.

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Hackwith Design House Spring Collection  |  The Fresh Exchange

Have you taken on the crop top yet? Is there one you have been eyeing but just haven’t pulled the trigger on? I highly suggest you just go for it! Oh and get ya some high waisted pants too, you’ll thank me later!

Get the look yourself:
Simple Necklace from Izaskun Zabala for Lou & Grey
Kelby Top from Hackwith Design House in their March Editions (wearing a small)
Black High-Rise Destroyed Jeans from ASOS
Crest Cuff from Another Feather
Black Wedge Mule from Calvin Klein (see similar)

Thank you to:
Styling: Jonathan Grant
Photography: Mike Gilger

This post was in collaboration with Hackwith Design House. Though we were provided a piece from their collection for this shoot, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 

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