The summer season makes us feel free to experiment with showing a little skin, and there’s no better way than by wearing an on-trend crop top. To navigate you through the do’s and don’ts of this bare-all look, we turned to stylist Erica Hanks for the skinny on how to wear a crop top for every event.

The hottest trend this summer may seem intimidating, but it’s totally wearable for women of all different shapes and ages! Crop tops aren’t just limited to casual days; you can totally be sophisticated and on-point in one. It comes down to finding the fit that works for your body type and the occasion. The possibilities are endless:

Summer Wedding

How to Wear a Crop Top to a Wedding | The Stylitics Report

A typical cocktail dress is so basic, but how do you make a crop top ladylike for a wedding? A crop top is more of a fashion forward trend, but style it right and you can keep it sweet enough for this lovely occasion.

Pair a feminine crop top with a full skirt, pencil skirt, or a long maxi skirt for a modern and appropriate look. Remember not to show too much skin between the top and skirt to get a classier look.

Girl’s Night Out

How to Wear a Crop Top | The Stylitics Report

The sky’s the limit here, depending on your personality, friends, and GNO location. Friday and Saturday nights are perfect opportunities to wear crop tops with everything from fitted, above-the-knee skirts to wide leg pants. Throw a killer blazer over it and heels-to-the-heavens to complete your look — be as edgy as you dare!

Tummy not quite so fit for a crop top? No worries. A fun way to rock the crop is by layering it over a cute dress or skirt ensemble, thereby concealing the tummy but keeping your look chic.

Music Festival

How to Wear a Crop Top | The Stylitics Report

Outdoor music festivals are the perfect place to try the trend. Put a crop top with everything, from shorts to skinnies, flirty skirts and more. No fuss, flowy, and lightweight pieces are key at festivals, so mix it up with an open cardi-wrap or airy skirt to balance the boho vibe.

Summer’s here, so why not try a trend as hot as the temps? And with a full seasonal calendar of events, it’s the perfect time to try it. Above all, the trick to doing the style right is to remember to dress the crop top for the event you’re attending —if you do that, you’ll always have a winning combo.

Where are you going to wear your crop top? Try something new and you’ll be surprised at how good it feels!

Thanks so much, Erica! Don’t miss her seriously enviable style in her closet