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Alyssa's Peek-a-Boo Black Dress

Let's call this my "gateway crop top."

I've been struggling to find a way to incorporate the ubiquitous crop top trend into my wardrobe -- a gateway crop top, if you will -- but due to my short stature (and comparatively short torso) it's proved to be a challenge. But luckily, I think I just found a dress that will help me to achieve the desired effect, even though it might be cheating a little.

This simple black dress from A.L.C. is just one piece, but it looks like two: a super flattering high-waisted skirt and a crop top. The resulting silhouette reveals the slightest hint of skin, making it appropriate for both work and play. Maybe by the time summer comes (and I can squeeze some more Bikram yoga into my schedule) I'll be ready to try out the real thing.

A.L.C. Wray dress, $444, available at Forward by Elyse Walker.

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