A Slightly Daring Crop Top and a Foil Pleated Maxi Skirt

I have a question…

Can you wear a cropped top if you’re over 40? 

Previously, I would have replied to said question before even saying it out loud with a resounding “No! You’re 43 years old. Your 15 year-old wears them as do all of her friends. Don’t be so ridiculous.” 

But there are “degrees of cropping” and when styled carefully, with an appropriate bottom half, I think a long cropped top, (I know, I know, an oxymoron, but you know what I mean), can work regardless of age. It’s about proportion and balance and maintaining a modest bottom half, so not too much skin is on display. Elegant and fluid, a maxi skirt or wide-legged sailor trousers are a sophisticated, womanly choice. Nothing too figure-hugging because the overall look should whisper of grown-up, knowing sensuality and not shriek of a midlife-crisis. I say this rather tongue in cheek because my teenage children never miss an opportunity to suggest that a midlife crisis is exactly what I’m having; but actually, I have no desire to be anything or anyone other than who I am right now, because I have never felt as happy and as confident as I do currently, (which at any age is a wonderful way to feel). Of course, this happiness comes from within, from the people around me and from an appreciation of everything which is precious and by that I mean love, health, friendship and family, and when that inner happiness shows on the outside, it becomes a thing of beauty.

But back to the outfit… This black sequin cropped top with semi-sheer short sleeves is neither boxy nor fitted, and tapers slightly towards the hem.
My skirt is a true maxi in that it is full, full length. For reference, I’m a whisker under 5 ft 9 inches tall and I’m wearing 3 inch heels so it really is long. It has an elasticated waist and if you’re between sizes as I am, I’d suggest sizing down. I’m wearing a UK 10. 
If you’re petite, the proportions for a similar outfit would perhaps work better with a midi-length skirt because a maxi might overwhelm your frame, but it’s always worth trying different lengths with different heel heights to see. 

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

I love the metallic foil finish of this skirt and while it is most definitely designed as eveningwear, I would love to wear it with grey suede biker boots and layers of chunky knitwear on a windswept British beach. I wore it on Friday evening for the annual Christmas Girls’ Night In, which this year was at my friend Jane’s home. It involved Secret Santa with a twist and a lot of fizz which in turn leads to dancing and much hilarity. It was a brilliant night.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

My ring is a new addition to the Danon Swarovski bee collection at my online boutique, LizzyO. It’s a statement piece and it draws compliments every time I wear it. Also new is a collection of both silver and gold honey bee jewellery, different is design to these ones. Totally gorgeous and already proving to be very popular.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40. Danin be ring

Danon jewellery, Swarowski bee ncklace, ring, arrings, bracelet

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

The black baguette crystal double-wrap bracelet is also from Lizzy O. It’s super sparkly and is just £12.50 so is a very attainable way of adding shine and sparkle to an outfit.

My multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes and matching clutch never fail to put me in a party mood. I have had them for three years now and still enjoy wearing them as much as I did the day I got them.

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40

Black sequin crop top, foil pleated maxi skirt, over 40. Boden glitter shoes


Love Liz x


Outfit details:
*Foil pleated maxi skirt, £90 Jacques Vert (currently on offer at £69.30)
Black sequin cropped top, £45, Kaleidoscope
Swarovski set bee ring, £32 by Danon at Lizzy O
Silver stars ring (left hand), £25, danon at Lizzy O
Black baguette wrap bracelet, £12.50, Lizzy O
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Nail polish, Big Apple, Next
Multi-coloured glitter Mary Jane shoes, Boden, past season
Multi-coloured glitter clutch, Boden, past season

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Photographs: Poppy Johnston

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah Hartmann December 5, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    I think the outfit looks awesome! The top is not very cropped, definitely no mid-life crisis in sight. Women don't have time for those anyway.

    • Elizabeth Yeowart December 5, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah and yes, you're absolutely right. As if we could fit a midlife crisis in with all the rest of the daily tasks! xxxx

  2. Michelle Tyler December 10, 2016 / 11:26 am

    When you're right, you're right! I wouldn't have considered wearing a crop top in a million years either Liz but this top isn't at all brief. In fact I couldn't even tell it was cropped at first! Very classy outfit from head to sparkly toe xxx

  3. Linda Hobbis December 21, 2016 / 11:04 am

    That's a lovely outfit and as you've demonstrated you can wear anything – it's how you wear it that matters. I'm in my 50's and I'd wear it – and I think my 9 year old daughter wouldn't be too shocked. Sadly I don't have her washboard stomach though!

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