How to Make an Old Top New Again

Do you love playing this game as much as I do?


You’ve seen me turn Simone Rocha’s white eyelet midi dress into a dramatically long blouse and Camilla and Marc’s glorified satin towel-cum-dress into the vertical band that cloaks a button up, both in the name of making old garments feel indispensably new again. But what can I do with a crop top? Other than, you know, wear it the way it tells me to?

First, we must consider the caliber of crop top. The one in question isn’t just any — it’sΒ the near ubiquitous, identity-crisis stricken Zara-moonlighting-as-Balenciaga white crop top.Β The one that boasts an opportunity for every woman to indulge in her golden triangle. The one that, frankly, has no place trying to flourish in the dead of winter’s eye.

Unless, that is, I have anything to do with it which as fate, luck and a little bit of perseverance would have it, I just so happen to. And though you likely don’t need me to spell out the formula I utilized to bring this look to fruition (if you’re here, your eyes function), I probably will anyway because I like to talk/type/tell stories and — fingers crossed — you like to listen. (?).

So, what you’ll find in the above slideshow is, first, the watermarked-way in which I wore Zara’s crop top last May. Those are Alexander Wang tropical pants and an R13 denim jacket. The shoes are completely deliberately and highly un-ironically Balenciaga. It was May, it was warm, stomach be damned, it was party time.

Once December rung around that dumb-ass rosie, stomach still damned, party time halted. So what did I do? Simple — included an army green button down blouse underneath the crop top to create the illusion of stark white summer crop as sweater and to assuage the jarring difference in color, I placed a grey wool double breasted blazer over the two layers.

In considering the ilk of bottom I’d use, I thought about making like Winnie (the Pooh) and free-balling but ultimately decided that if ever there was an opportunity to give yourself up to a burgundy wool mini skirt, it is when you elect to wear a crop top as a sweater.

To keep the lewk weather apropos, I also added black tights and a pair of meme burgundy Tabitha Simmons flat booties. For a moment, I felt like a back up singer in a tribute called Not The Clash. But then I took my booties off to try another pair on. This time, they were six-inch navy blue creepers which functioned as a reaffirmation that shoes still maketh the outfit (and repeller). And that was the end of that.

Studio Nicholson blazer, Mother utility blouse (and on sale! Ole!), Zara crop top, Isabel Marant skirt, Falke tights, Tabitha Simmons booties (they 60% off at Barneys) and Burberry Prorsum creepers. Necklace by Amy Fortgang.

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  • Natali

    Fabulous skirt and boots! Loooove!

  • These lewks are divine. Great use of crop top.

  • Bella

    These Burberry Prorsum creepers are kind of amazing.

    • Nika

      I love them!!! looking to find them on Vestiaire Collective πŸ™‚

  • Stefanie

    I do love this game. Let’s get creative with the stuff we already have before rushing out to buy more crap. It’s better for the environment and our brains!

  • Quinn Halman

    This outfit is really amazing. And it get’s better because I have similar pieces (including YOUR RED MR X SUPERGA hightops) so I can’t wait to try it out.

  • jamie

    leandra, get some sleep girl! making me all kinds of worried.

  • Alba B.

    Leandra I am sorry but I don’t like your eyes bags today, could you suggest us another bag brand? Kind of invisible one?

    • Leandra Medine

      Those are genetic, I would need surgery to eradicate them and I feel real proud to have them so…no. Sorry! I have to stand behind this brand!

      • Hereshoping Themayanswereright

        Love you for this.

        • sarahbelle

          some people are just born rude, especially the perfect ones.

      • I THINK EYE BAGS ARE THE HOTTEST THINGS. Really. I’ve always wanted a gap tooth and bigger eye bags.

      • Alba B.

        Dear Leandra,

        I do like you with or without eyes bags. I perfectly know they are the signature of you, a heritage of your family and you are so proud of them. This maybe is one of the reasons that I follow you, being real, proud and sincere.

        On the other side you have to understand that an image can say more than words or even less than words.

        Therefore, I just made an ironic comment because watching the pictures I was worried about your health. I am used to see you as on the first picture solar, pretty and easy to make a good laugh. It was not my aim to cause such a pandemonium of “free advocates” to support you.

        You are mature enough to support yourself, as you did (and I totally appreciate, thank you), on the other side my comment didn’t intend to make a plastic surgery as much as to use your “beauty for dummies” tricks.

        As a conclusion, just because you have taught us so much, for not being too serious and take things easy as much as it can, without being offensive, it wasn’t my aim to offend you, sorry if I did so.

    • Hereshoping Themayanswereright

      Fyi, Leandra not only married the man of her dreams, but also became a superstar without changing one single thing about herself. So…why would she start now? P.S.Self acceptance is far more powerful than desperately covering or altering perceived “imperfections”.

  • Jamie Lawenda

    why do you wear such ugly boots?

  • =^..^=

    Yes, I lurve this game! More, please πŸ˜€

  • I love the cut of that skirt, and the booties are pretty awesome!

  • This is such a great idea, you look great, and I loooove those boots!

    Mafalda ❀

  • I lovedlovedloved how you wore the crop top back in May. Such a great look. Regarding the remixed look. I’m diggin’ the way you used the crop top as a layering piece. Meanwhile, cute burgundy booties!

  • Isabella

    Hands-down you’ve got the most beautiful eye bags I’ve ever come across! You look like a certain bear species which’s name I forgot. Too good! xxx

  • Dee

    I liked how you wore the crop top back in May, Leandra but I LOVE the way you re-styled it. I own the same crop top and am I probably going to steal this exact styling.

  • Nika

    i love the series πŸ™‚ can’t wait for my next cleaning session so i can find some old stuff and make them new. p.s. i’m selling those burberry bute wedges on vestiaire collective as after 2 years they are still left unworn πŸ™‚

  • 1. you look amazing and this hair length is so good!! 2. definitely the creepers. 3. i think this would look really cute with a shirtdress subbed for shirt/skirt. xo

  • vvv

    Do you think those Tabitha Simmons booties fit true to size? I’m debating buying them on final sale but the sizing scares me :/

    • Leandra Medine

      They do! I am a true 6.5.

      • vvv


  • Stephanie

    Really lovin the burgundy skirt and boots, perf!



  • Josephine Baker

    Such a cute picture!

  • gorgeous outfit!! i love both of the shoes!

    Hayley xx

  • I so thought this was going to be a dating post from the title…cute fit btw!

  • the coattail effect

    crop tops with looser fit tanks create a cool faux peplum look…or you could just wear a peplum under your crop top too
    kim from

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  • elizabeth santana

    I do not mean to be rude but you aren’t model, you are a funny girl with good ideas.
    Does the title of it girl is starting to take a negative effect on you? I’m sorry but this outfit πŸ™ Maybe you started to think that your readers buy any s *** t.

  • Max

    Perfect style combi!

  • StepForward

    That is so creative! it’s really inspiring!

  • Esterr

    Omg creepers where did you get them?? Perfect!

  • MSCFBeeches

    Really liked the new look. Was a great restyling

  • coco

    Wow those shoes comply chance the whole look!!! πŸ™‚

    looks amazing

  • fashion altitude

    I join rather late the discussion..About eye bags..well, who is never tired ..and if it’s family heritage, it’s fine with me as it is fine with you Leandra. You stand up for yourself so it’s perfectly allright. No photoshop and that is so “refreshing” so to speak.`
    I love the outfits and litterally ogle the Tabitha Simmons booties.. Too bad, I got a Miu Miu pair of booties in London 2 days ago..

  • crumblee

    Did you get your lips plumped?

  • G


  • Lizzie Billington

    Love some of these styles they are so creative! And it’s all so much better for the environment and should be something people do more often in my opinion, I used to have loads of clothes with labels in that I spent hundreds on and I just ended up selling them online. I now use a site I found called HEWI when I buy stuff, as they are who I originally sold stuff to! Worth checking out if you want to do either