’90s fashion influences aside, the less material you have to sweat through in the summertime, the better. And for that reason, crop-tops are actually pretty practical for the season. The trend can be done in a lot of ways, and not all of them will work for every body type; But I thought it might help to show the different kinds and some ideas as to how to wear them so you can actually get some mileage out of this trend, instead of running away in fear of the ’90s taking over. Have a look.
The bra-top. Let’s just get the hardest style to wear out of the way first. There are some requirements to wearing this style. You have to be okay with showing your midriff, at least a little bit. If you’re super busty, you have to think hard about support. And unless you’re Jamie King, I wouldn’t try to wear this style to a formal event. But of course all rules are meant to be broken. If you’re teeny-tiny and have no need for an underwire or anything like that, this style is effortless. And if you can find one with built in support, you might be golden, no matter what your body type. I guess I just wouldn’t blindly order one of these off the Internet. Definitely try it on.
The muscle tank. Easy to throw on for an afternoon out or a day by the pool, this style is pretty versatile. If you’re like me with a crazy long torso, wearing high-waisted bottoms do a world of good in terms of not feeling overexposed. For the girls with short waists, this is a very wearable style. Also, busty girls can usually pull this look off easily.
The tailored crop-top. Unlike the muscle tank, this style can actually work at a more formal engagement. Not black-tie or anything, but pairing this with trousers a la Kristen Stewart or a pencil skirt is a unique twist on typical event attire. Plus it steers away from the typical “body-con” dresses that we don’t all find appealing to wear to an event.
The tie-front. I know, it’s old-school! But this look is back. And with a high-waisted skirt, you’re actually looking at a pretty darling vintage-inspired look. Busty girls with short waists — rejoice. This looks completely adorable on a curvy figure. A little bandana in the hair, some kitten heels. Adorable.
The cropped sweater. Without looking like a misshapen and rejected thrift-store item, the cropped sweater is a great idea for the gals who want to rock the trend while staying in school or work dress code. Worn with something high-waisted or over a regular shirt (pattern-mixing is allowed!) this is a quirky spin on the idea, without feeling like your wardrobe will expire with the summertime.
Crop-tops don’t have to look and feel like the ’90s threw up on your wardrobe. The last thing you want is to obey a trend just because it’s a trend. But do try them out. I’ve been surprised that even a bean pole like me with a long waist and short legs can find a way to wear certain cropped tops.
Are you a fan of the crop-top for summer?