10 Ways to Wear Tie-Front Cropped Tops Without Busting Out to “Baby One More Time”

The cropped top fashion wildfire birthed a version that is quickly becoming popular among the fashion savvy today – the tie-front. The tie-front cropped top was last revived in the 1990s, albeit sporting a higher hemline back then, and spread like wildfire thanks to pop icons such as Britney Spears, who debuted a now iconic schoolgirl tie-front ensemble for her first music video, “Baby One More Time.”

Today, we breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the tie-front cropped top need not come with a plaid skirt and pigtails. Here are a some fashion bloggers who have proven just that:

Elreena of The Girl in the Hat

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Give your normal tank top a twist (or a knot, rather) by opting for a tie-front heathered version. Wear the top with high-waist denim shorts to let just a little bit of skin peep out. Ground the look by sporting a brown braided belt and sandals for a casual look with a subtle boho vibe. Play with colorful bags for that pop of color.

Shop her look:

Forever 21 Tank Mango ShortsForever 21 Heathered Front-Tie Tank, $7.80 / Mango High-Waist Denim Shorts, $39.99

Toshiko of It’s Not Her, It’s Me

Toshiko of It’s Not Her, It’s Me

Bust out a pattern party by pairing a floral tie-front top with white lace bell bottoms for that modern-day gypsy look. Break the patterns with a lengthy cardigan, tribal-patterned bag and strappy heels in brown hues.

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Forever 21 floral shirt Nightcap bell bottomsForever 21 Front-Tie Floral Denim Shirt, $15.80 / Nightcap Clothing Spanish Lace Bell Bottoms in White, $229.00

Emily of Emily Lane Style

Emily of Emily Lane Style

If florals and lace are too feminine for you, don a heathered gray tie-front tee with a leather paneled skirt instead. To bring more life to the outfit, add neon accessories to make the outfit more spring or summer-appropriate.

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Michael Stars Tie Hem Forever 21 Paneled Leather SkirtMichael Stars Short Sleeve Scoop Neck With Tie Hem, $64.00 / Forever 21 Paneled Faux Leather Skirt, $19.80 (now on sale at &13.99)

Tiffany of Rawrrajahrawr

Tiffany of Rawrrajahrawr

Tie-front tops can also be injected into more minimalist and sophisticated outfits by choosing collared pieces with sleeves. For a more dressed down, sophisticated-chic look, pair the top with cutoff denim jeans and reptile heels to add a little grown-up fun to the ensemble.

Shop her look:

True Religion Shorts Maje Cropped Silk ShirtMaje Aoutien Tie-Front Cropped Silk Shirt, $336.97 / True Religion Joey Cut-Off Denim Shorts, $168.00

Whitney of Ala Lady Wolf

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Why stop at cropping when you can add a little cutout as well? Don a chambray tie-front number with subtle cutouts for a chic summer top. Create a denim-on-denim illusion by pairing the top with light blue skinny jeans.

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Joyce Leslie Chambray True Religion JeansJoyce Leslie Square Dance Chambray Tie Blouse, $12.99 / True Religion Sky Misty Legging Finnigan Jeans,  $220.00

Bridget of Bridget Badore

Bridget of Bridget Badore

For a more feminine outfit, pair a plain tie-front tee with a chiffon maxi skirt in bright spring and summer colors such as coral. Pair it with flats and a brown belt for a breezy casual daytime look.

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Michael Stars Tie Hem A Wear Maxi SkirtMichael Stars Short Sleeve Scoop Neck With Tie Hem, $64.00 / A Wear Coral Chiffon Belted Maxi Skirt, £32.50

Rachel-Marie of Jag Lever

Rachel-Marie of Jag Lever

For the fashion-savvy who prefer to make a stronger statement, go for tie-front tees with graphic prints. Wear it with a black high-waist denim shorts to emphasize the print on the tee.

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Wildfox Howdy Shirt Nasty Gal ShortsWildfox Howdy Cowgirl Tee in Ghost Blue, $77.00 (now on sale at $49.00) / Knockout Shorts, $38.00

Yan of The October Road

Yan of The October Road

Nothing says summer better than bright colors! Pastels and neons are still very much in for this season. Wear a bright yellow tie-front button down sans sleeves with a pair of mint green skinny jeans. Play around with fun jewelry and a floral print bag to add more cheer to your outfit.

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Equipment Mina Blouse Truel Religion Mint JeansEquipment Mina Sleeveless Tie Front Blouse, $198.00 / True Religion Old Mint Misty Legging Finnigan Jeans, $220.00

Kethley of In Kethley’s Pocket (September 2014 Update: Blog is Offline)

Kethley of In Kethley’s Pocket

Boho on the go, anyone? Go for the chicness of slouchy wide-legged trousers paired with a tribal tie-front top. Load up on arm candies to complete the look. Perfect for running around in the heat doing daytime errands without compromising style.

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Wet Seal Aztec Tank Agnona Flared TrouserWet Seal Aztec Tie Front Tank, $16.90 / Agnona Wide Flared Trouser, $1103.21

Whitney of Ala Lady Wolf

Whitney of Ala Lady Wolf

If we were to pick a farmer-chic slash homage-to-pin-ups-of-the-50s casual look, this would probably be it. Choose a sleeveless plaid tie-front top and pair it with high-waist skinny jeans for the perfect spring afternoon, strolling-in-the-park ensemble.

Shop her look:

Superdry Shirt Topshop High Waisted JeansSuperdry Trailer Tie Shirt, $78.00 / Topshop Moto Worn Black High Waist Jamie Jeans, $80.00