Although it’s arguably the biggest summer trend around, the crop top can strike fear into the heart of even the most stylish woman. That probably has something to do with the fact that it’s also, ironically, the smallest of summer’s trends. Yes, baring one’s belly is a daunting prospect—but contrary to the opinion of many, it can be done coolly, confidently and without having to sacrifice your social life to extra hours on the elliptical.
To help us master this tricky trend, we turned to a crop of real girls—a few noted street style stars and bloggers, along with a handful of our Lucky Community’s finest—and came up with eight tried-and-true tricks guaranteed to help you overcome your fear of the abbreviated shirt. Click through to start feeling a lot more comfortable in that crop top!