The following post was originally featured on The Girl From Panama and was written by Pam Hetlinger, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Latina.

The idea of wearing crop tops can be a little bit intimidating, but the reality is that there are several ways to style crop tops and many of them don’t involve showing your entire belly.

Here are my three reasons why you should give this trend a try:

  1. They give the illusion of a smaller waist: when paired with high-waist pants, crop tops are very flattering and make your waist look smaller. Also the high-waist pants will add a couple of inches to your height.
  2. They can be worn different ways: when it comes to crop tops, you don’t have to let it all out. It really depends on how much skin you want to show and your personal style. You can dress them on the conservative side and pair them with some high-waist dressy pants and a blazer or a pencil skirt to keep the look more sophisticated.
  3. They’re great for layering: if you want to partake in the trend, but don’t feel like showing any skin at all, a crop top is a great layering piece. It looks super chic over a button-down shirt.