Crop tops are like sky-high stilettos or false eyelashes—great in theory, but not always so easy to incorporate into your daily life. Because, let’s face it, even if you’re totally comfortable showing off your belly button (werk), the truth is that there are only a limited number of venues where that level of skin-baring is appropriate—. Real talk: We do not live on the set of Pretty Little Liars (unfortunately).
The good news is, with the help of some easy layering tricks, a crop top can actually become one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe—even when conservative dressing is the name of the game. Hey, we could all use some modest wardrobe options, especially with all the cut-outs, sheers, and minidresses we’re wading through this season. Click through to glimpse four totally rad (and completely different) crop top-centric outfits, and don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments. Do you have a crop top trick?