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Outfit Details 

Skirt: Vintage
Shirt: Handmade
Cap: Camberwell market $2.5
Shoes: Kmart $5

It started slow, first sightings were only at a few locations, but the spread moved quickly. First it seemed that it was only appearing on a few, but then all of a sudden, they seemed to appear everywhere at every turn.. Now I’m not one to dismiss trends, but when it came to the crop top, I wasn’t going to have a bar of it. A crop shirt, really? Crop shirts drew to mind images of Britney during her pop stardom rise to fame, and Christina Aguilera in dreds as she sang Genie in a bottle. Crop shirts didn’t speak to me as a desirable addition to my wardrobe, unless I wanted to relive the 90s in all it’s mid-drift bearing glory.

However, thanks to the likes of Gary Peppergirl and the Chrislle Factor, I found myself warming to the idea. Styled with an high waisted pant or a skirt, the crop shirt appeared exceptionally classy and tasteful. There was a sophistication and lovely feminism that came with a tailored crop. It seemed to create a differing silhouette that flattered the waist in the way that similar to Dior’s New Look of the 1940s. The final convincing came from my friend Lisa. Who described the ideal wearing of the crop shirt as such: “pair it with high waisted bottoms and have a little sliver of skin showing.” Thanks to Lisa’s tasteful description. I was sold on the idea.

Finding the right crop shirt proved to be another challenge! As you’ve read, the crop shirt was made by my amazing mother out of this incredible fabric we bought from spotlight. ($5/m!) It was actually modelled on a top of a similar design that I bought from sports girl which was tailored nicely to sit comfortably and not flair out at the bottom. So I felt pretty secure at the top, and I realised the high waisted bottoms held everything in the stomach area together.

Now the verdict, am I a fan of the humble crop shirt?

I have to say, paired with a high split skirt and a cap, shot on an abandoned carpark with the incredible Vanessa King with the fading sunligh behind us? Yes indeed I am.

With Love


Styling: Vanessa Bong 
Model: Vanessa Bong
Photography: Vanessa King 


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  • Kate 18/03/2014 at 1:02 pm

    I have to say I LOVE that 4th photo!
    You and Val are defiantly made of model material 🙂

    • Val & Vess 18/03/2014 at 3:50 pm

      Aw Kate! Love your comments! You’re the best! Xo

  • Irene C 18/03/2014 at 1:17 pm

    Looking gorgeous!

    I don’t really love crop top too, but pairing it with high waist pants/skirt sounds like a great idea!

    • Val & Vess 18/03/2014 at 2:46 pm

      Thankyou so much Irene! Yes! Having that slither of skin gives it a sexy but modest look at the same time! Give it a go and let us know how it turns out! 🙂 xo

  • Emily 18/03/2014 at 1:41 pm

    Mama Bong works her sewing magic yet again 😀

    • Val & Vess 18/03/2014 at 2:45 pm

      Haha, I think that could be a fabulous brand name! Mama bong! 😉 miss you em!xo

  • Kate Gray 18/03/2014 at 5:48 pm

    You Bong ladies have so much skill!! Love that outfit!!

    • Val & Vess 19/03/2014 at 1:09 am

      Thanks Kate!! xox

  • Rachael D.F. 18/03/2014 at 7:24 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

    • Val & Vess 19/03/2014 at 2:09 am

      love you rach! xo

  • Naomi 18/03/2014 at 11:52 pm

    I wasn’t too sure about crops before, but you’ve definitely convinced me! I must say, your blog posts are much more interesting than my impending essay 😛

    • Val & Vess 19/03/2014 at 2:09 am

      Thanks Naomi! Haha, BPS as essay procrastination! amazing!! xo

  • Susan 19/03/2014 at 5:40 am

    You girls just get more and more amazing every post! and i love this outfit:)

    • Val & Vess 19/03/2014 at 9:20 am

      Thankyou amazing Susan! Can’t wait to show you guys more pics ! Feeling great people are liking the recent posts!xox

    • Val & Vess 22/03/2014 at 10:46 am

      Thanks Susan really loving the colours of this outfit! Aw! Thanks for the encouragement ur the best!x

  • Lisa Lim 19/03/2014 at 7:14 am

    Legs for days Vess, I think I’m in love with you!

  • Val & Vess 19/03/2014 at 9:21 am

    You da best Lisa !! xo

  • Alicia 24/03/2014 at 10:07 am

    Love this outfit! Proof that you don’t need an excessive budget to put together such an enticing look.
    x Alicia.

    • Val & Vess 25/03/2014 at 1:35 pm

      So true, it’s such an encouragement to know that you can follow trends and look stylist without having to spend an excessive amount!

      Thankyou for the comment Alicia