summer styling

How To Style Crop Tops and Hotpants

Crop tops and hotpants: a classic summer trend that looks effortlessly cool in both the city & on the beach. 

These denim Levi hotpants have been a staple item in my wardrobe for over a year now. They’ve seen me through 8 different countries and counting, and although summer’s on its way out, i’m not ready to give them up just yet. 

I threw this outfit together last weekend for a cycle around the city. The weather was all over the place, so I figured a cute crop would keep me cool whilst a lumberjack shirt would offer a bit of protection against the seawall breeze.

Mid to high-waisted hotpants are the perfect addition to any wardrobe. They’re so versatile, they’re flattering and you can team them with pretty much anything. I’ve always had a small waist but chunky legs, so it’s a scouting mission to find denim shorts that, a) fit over my bum b) don’t show any under-bum c) cut off at a nice length, and d) don’t cut into my legs.

Ladies, if you’re curvier on the bottom half, i’m sure you know where i’m coming from. The struggle is real!

If you want to style crop tops and hotpants without looking or feeling too naked, the key is to balance it out. Unless i’m on a tropical beach in Asia, I try not to show off boobs, bum & legs all at once. If that’s your style, then i’m sure you rock it! But it’s not really my kinda thing, especially in the city, & I always feel more confident if i’m comfortable with what i’m wearing. After all, you know what they say –  confidence is a girl’s sexiest asset…!

The styling choices for crop tops and hotpants are endless. Opt for a cute crop, structured blazer and strappy heels for a cool but sexy evening look / A strappy top, lace kimono and your favourite gladiator sandals for daytime / Or simply a scoop neck crop, classic All Stars & a lumberjack shirt for casual Sunday styling (pictured below).

Do you have any great styling tips for crop tops and denim hotpants? Drop me a comment below to share your style inspiration! x


Outfit Details

Crop Top: ASOS

Shorts: Levi 

Shirt: H&M

Shoes: Converse 

Bag: Coach 


  1. Cassandra Kay Pogue
    May 9, 2023 / 6:27 pm

    Just the summer ,comfy, casual look I go for its very pretty I want it ,I need it lol

  2. Harswardhan Azad Singh
    June 13, 2016 / 4:24 am

    Hi Alicia,

    Very nice post shared by you.

    Crop tops and hotpants are beautiful attire for summers or spring, it not only makes you comfortable but looks sexy if dressed perfectly. The denim hotpants are trending from last few years uptill now.

    The tips described by you are great and helpful for many of fashion lovers. The accessories combined by you are perfect according to your dress. Really you look so cool and beautiful.

    Thanks for the beautiful article.
    Have a nice day.

    ~ Harshwardhan

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