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Prepping For Crop Top Season: Guest Blogger

As much as we love fast fashion and popular style from the Zaras and Bloomingdales of the world, sometimes we just want a beautiful, totally unique piece from an adorable boutique. Enter Shoptiques, an e-commerce site that allows you to shop local stores in the U.S. and Paris. This week, Tracey Wallace—Shoptique’s Director of Content—is giving us the lowdown on the best shops and how to pick standout pieces that play up your individual style.

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The fashion community has been dreading spring 2013 ever since the rise of the cropped top was predicted as the season’s biggest trend. From Oscar de la Renta to Ruffian and everywhere in between, the crop top style was all over the runways in September, and I know that I have been quite consciously sucking in ever since.

Now that the holidays are over (and the scale is showing five more pounds than it should be), the cropped top look does not seem like something to be super excited about. But mastering this trend doesn’t have to be dreadfulor involve a strict diet. Instead, a few simple changes to your lifestyle can help to whittle your middle in preparation for the ensuing spring.

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