There’s one surefire way to take a crop top in 2011 and guarantee that it comes off as both on-trend and stylish (read: not tacky). Make it leather, and make it minimalist.

To qualify that a bit further we’re not talking about skin-tight, underboob-scraping leather crop tops here, we’re talking about that Chloe-esque effortlessness that marries a looser cut with high-quality structured leather. Perfect for pairing with a floor-length skirt or high-waisted pair of pants, it’s a style that’s strong in 2011 but worthy of your investment. Because, once the midriff goes back undercover, it can come into other forms of layering.

Ellery’s Acien Regime leather crop top is one version, with armour sleeves and box pleat detail.

leather crop top ellery

It’s available at Maximillia.

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