Although sporting a crop top can seem like a daunting task for even the skinniest of women, I have to admit that I’ve been dying to bring out my inner Kelly Kapowski ever since the crop top made its come back this spring.
The difference between the crop tops in style now and the infamous t-shirt of the 90s is how women are choosing to wear them. When paired with a high waisted skirt or tailored trousers, the crop top can look down right elegant instead of trashy or like you just stepped off the set of Clueless.
Of course there are no hard and fast rules to how things should be worn but these are the rules I tend to abide by when sporting a midriff baring top:
1. Avoid showing your belly button. I think a hint of skin often leaves just enough to the imagination and can help you toe the line between being elegant and showing off too much skin. The area of your stomach just above your belly button is often the skinniest part of your body and can help you to avoid feeling self conscience about pesky little things like love handles. If you’re like me, this is a VERY good thing.
2. Avoid wearing anything too short (i.e. shorts or mini skirts.) I like to pair crop tops with high-waisted trousers and high waisted skirts with a longer hemline. As mentioned above this helps to leave just enough to the imagination and can inspire a 50’s glamour effect that will make you look like a modern pin up instead of an extra off the set of an 80’s music video.
3. Experiment and have fun! Crop tops aren’t meant to be taken seriously and trust me, if worn correctly they look good on just about everyone.
Some of my favorite cropped looks include:
This amazing Ginger & Smart outfit worn by Australian model Natalie Cantell
and I plan on wearing this outfit out to dinner very soon:
American Apparel Short Sleeved Crop Top in White ($30.00 CDN)
Club Monaco Bette Lace Skirt ($149.50 CDN )
Zara Suede Strappy Sandals in Blue ($59.50 CDN)
Do you dare to bare? Let me know how you feel about the reemergence of crop tops in the comments section below.