The cropped top! It very well might be one of the most intimidating fashion trends of the moment; but when it is styled properly, I am definitely a fan! If you had told me a few months ago that I could figure out a way to wear a cropped top in a professional setting, I would have responded that you were crazy! I found this patterned cropped top on sale at Tootsies and, much to my surprise, immediately was inspired to find a way to style it for work and for after-hours events.

I’m attending the Texas Minority Counsel Program (“TMCP”) Conference this week in Austin, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to take my new cropped top for a spin because there are professional events during the day and networking events at night that require a quick change.

For my day look, I paired this top with a pair of Theory high waisted boot-cut trousers – also purchased on sale at Tootsies. Wearing a high waisted bottom (skirt or pants) is definitely the trick to pulling off a cropped top in the office. Your colleagues will be none the wiser that your top is not the traditional length because your pants compensate for the shortage!

I really like the long locket necklace, simple bangles, and flower stud earrings with this top. The pieces didn’t detract from the top, which I wanted to remain the focal point.

For my night transition, I switched into my high waisted jeans and Aminah Abdul Jillil Bow Pumps. I’ve found that these imaginative shoes are a great networking tool because other women are sure to comment, which leads to conversation!

I kept on my long necklace but added a bold, gold cuff and long statement earrings to complete my evening look. Since statement earrings tend to be on the heavy side, they’re perfect for evening events since they aren’t worn for more than a couple of hours.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in Austin at the TMCP conference. I try to take advantage of networking opportunities like this, whether it be a fashion show or a professional conference! Plus, it’s always nice to get back to Austin since it’s one of my favorite Texas cities and the closest thing to California that I can get in the Lone Star State!

Stay Chic,

Lisa Dawn