On Trend With Molly Watanabe

Lela Rose's Spring RTW collection offered many versions of the cropped look.

Lela Rose’s Spring RTW collection offered many versions of the cropped look.

Some trends are so ubiquitous that they seem to be on every designer’s runway, often season after season. If pressed to name a recent trend to fit that bill in three notes or less, the first one that would pop out of my mouth would have to be the crop top.

Bear with me now (or should I say “bare,” given what you’re probably thinking?). I realize that this trend may not be for everyone-and that some will probably not even attempt it-but it’s likely more wearable than you’d imagine. Designers from New York to Milan showed cropped looks in their Spring/ Summer 2014 collections that ranged from cropped “bralets” that hide nothing to swingy, loose-fitting cropped jackets that show less than you’d think. If you aren’t interested in doing 10,000 sit ups a day in order to display your hard work, try a cropped top with a high-waisted skirt or pants. As with every trend there are multitude of ways to interpret the look- one of the reasons it’s become so evergreen; everyone is looking for ways to reinterpret it.

While showing skin in the midsection is not everyone’s cup of tea, nor should it be, the trend is another way to look at dressing, which is what we really want when it comes to defining and creating our personal style. Fashion is yet another way we reinvent ourselves, which so many of us strive to do frequently to keep things interesting.

mw-2Change keeps things fresh, giving us another way to look at ourselves.

On that note, I’ve made a change recently myself. This will be my final column for HILuxury, as I’ve moved to New York City, where I’ll continue to work in magazine publishing. I’ll miss HILuxury and the other amazing magazines I’ve had the opportunity to work on at Oahu Publications, but am excited for new opportunities and experiences (read “amazing shopping!”) that will come my way in New York.

I’d like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you who read this column and have followed it for the last 2 1/2 years. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it, because I’ve truly enjoyed writing it. It’s given me the chance to look at style and trends in a new light, and continually reminded me about the importance of reinvention. I thank you for the opportunity to have that reminder with every issue.

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