Crop tops exemplify fashion resilience. Case in point: They majorly worked in the 1980s, then they disappeared for a while. But now, the crop top is back in business. When the sea of crop tops initially reappeared, we wondered: isn’t it too revealing to show so much skin? We felt slightly aghast, a little shy, but all the while: curious. Could we pull off this trend, too?
But, during its time on the sidelines, crop tops evolved in a major way. They laid their former aerobics ties to rest and grew up to become a chic fashion staple. Here are a few ways that may sway you to the cropped side—or if you’re already here, convince you to stay.
Since the hem of your top is cut short, add height to the waist of your bottoms so only a coy glimpse of skin is on display.
Opt For A Bright Midi
A voluminous midi in a vivid color steals attention away from the crop top and any visible skin.
Take Baby Steps
If you’d rather stay on the more modest end of crop tops, look for one made of a thicker, sweater material and/or one with a slightly longer length.
Crop tops don’t need to be skintight! One with a baggier fit might decrease any crop top induced nervousness.
Be Business-Ready In A Blazer
Add some contemporary edge to a typical work outfit by wearing a crop top with your blazer. When you wear a crop top with high-waisted, tailored pants, you’ll be the most fashion-forward person in the office.
Make It Flirty In A Maxi Skirt
A fun, patterned maxi skirt is a must-have for this spring and summer. Paired with a solid-colored crop top, it’s an easy look to dress up or down.
Add A Statement Necklace
Adding a statement necklace to a crop top makes the look stylish and effortless. A statement necklace instantly glams up a look; it’s an easy way to take a crop top from day to night. It can be worn with a shirt with a high neckline or even with a simple cropped tank for some more dimension.
Wear It With High-Waisted Shorts
High-waisted shorts are one of the easiest looks for spring and summer. When you pair high-waisted shorts with a crop top, you’ll be both music-festival- and beach-ready. Denim shorts are a classic look, but you could also try a printed pair that’s perfect for warm weather.
Flaunt It In A Peplum Pant
Peplum pants are a unique fashion choice that not many collegiate may have in their closet. However, these pants are a super-chic style that’s perfect for a summer cocktail party or a nice dinner. The peplum adds some shape to the look and breaks up the top and bottom of the outfit.
With Your Favorite Boyfriend Jeans
Looking for a way to amp up your favorite slouchy denim look? Wear it with a cropped chiffon blouse that ties in the front so you have control over how much midriff you show. It’s a comfortable, relaxed look that’s still feminine and put-together.
Be Chic In Palazzo Pants
Palazzo pants are comfortable, flowy and versatile, and they’re complemented amazingly by a crop top. Try a bustier top to take the chic pants to a new level.
Throw It On Over A Dress
Throw a loose, cropped tank over a bodycon dress. The contrast between the loose top and the tight dress underneath can have a super slimming effect. This look is also great for those who want to wear a bodycon dress but feel uncomfortable in something so tight.
Pair It With A Pencil Skirt
You might think your pencil skirt should only be reserved for the office, but think again! A patterned pencil skirt that hits at the knees and above the belly button can be a super chic look when paired with a crop top. Because you’ll be covered up below the waist, you can wear a riskier crop top, perhaps with some daring cutouts.
Toss On A Vest
Try throwing on a vest over your favorite crop top this spring. Adding a denim vest over a bustier top or tank crop top is an easy way to jazz up your outfit.
Crop tops are great for layering, and one of the best looks is under a sheer top. A sheer top and a crop top can be daring choices on their own, but when put together, they create a more conservative and tasteful look.
Glam It Up
When done right, crop tops can even be formal attire! A gorgeous metallic top or an elegant black top can be sophisticated enough for a nice date or formal event. When you accessorize with the right jewelry, you’ll be ready for a night out.
How do you plan on rocking a crop top this spring and summer? Let us know in the comments below!