HOW A TREND WORKS: SLIMMING WRAP TOPS

Ruffle wrap tops

Hi there and Happy Tuesday! Have you noticed the wrap top has made a major multi-season comeback? And in the best way – right into your traditional workwear oxford shirts. Just add ruffles and a big ole bow and you’ve got instant outfit perfection. The best part about wrap tops is that they can be super-slimming because of the diagonal lines. They draw the eye across the body rather than straight on.

Ruffle wrap tops

This top I’m wearing is all the rage right now because it’s an affordable version of the fancy one that hit the scene last year. I found it at Zara for about $50, and I’ve also seen a similar version at Banana Republic. For you online shoppers, I’d try Asos (always a good source of trends) or Nordstrom or this Need Supply Co. version (also below).

See that’s how a trend works. A visionary high-end designer creates a miracle top like this that is really unique yet streetwear-ready. It gets on the right style influencer or blogger and then trickles to a few more bloggers and all their readers want it and buy it (including even more bloggers and influencers – we all read each other and get inspired by each other) and then stores who make clothes for the masses start mimicking the design and suddenly – a year or so later – the trend is still trending and now available to all of us. It will either now become a long-lasting wardrobe staple for women, or it’ll lose steam now that it’s no longer ‘unique’. Perhaps we’ll all be putting these tops in our consignment piles soon.

Baublebar Crispin drops

But in the meantime, I just can’t get enough! Ruffle wrap tops look good with jeans and wedges for a casual weekend outfit. And they also make a boring pencil skirt pop for the workplace! It’s a show-stopper that looks good on a lot of body types, including large chests (Not that I would know first-hand – little miss semi-B cup on a good day with a good push-up bra over here). The reason why is because you can control the front coverage and show as little or as much cleavage as you like. It can be minimizing or maximizing depending on your preference. So can the wrap – it helps to define your waist and can be tied in the front or back!

Ruffle wrap top by Zara on Belle Meets World blog

As for the rest of my look – it’s all on uber-repeat for spring. The Baublebar Crispin drops (first seen in yesterday’s low-cost accessories post), the Marc Fisher espadrilles (first seen in this gingham post), the Old Navy sunnies (c/o), and the J.Crew white jeans. It all goes with everything. The bag is a cheapy I scored from Zara on my recent NY trip for $30!!

Zara wrap top on Belle Meets World blog

Ruffle wrap tops

Marc Fisher espadrilles

Zara pink bag

Marc Fisher wedges

Ruffle wrap tops on Belle Meets World blog

Zara ruffle top

HAVE A WONDERFUL TUESDAY!