Crop tops are one of the biggest trends for this spring – and they are really beginning to become mainstream. For those of us who aren’t necessarily wanting to show off our midsections (because its so gauche) but still want to experiment with the style, here are a few ideas.
Black and White: Go classic with a simple black crop top like this Sweet Persuasion Crop Tee over a white button down. pair it with skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. Anything low volume is a good call.
Tone on Tone: Keeping your crop top and the underneath layer to similar tones might be the easiest way to work this trend – less contrast is better and neutral shades are the easiest to pair. Something like this sleeveless leather crop from Tibi layered over a basic camisole or is exactly where you should go in this regard – and it adds an edge over jeans, dress pants, and skirts.
Proportions are Key: For the best results, you want the crop top and the corresponding underlayers to be both sleek and relatively fitted, and hit at flattering points on your body. For most women, a crop top that reaches the lowest rib is ideal, and a longer underlayer that reaches the upper hip works well. But play around with proportions and see what works for you! This slinky black Motel Night number works for almost anyone.
Over a Dress: Layering a crop top over a classic sheath can be done – for the advanced fashionista. A dress that lacks complicated details paired with a top that has delicate details is the ideal choice in this situation, like this Free People shell that could easily be worn over a fitted black dress as well as a cami and jeans.
Go Casual: A simple crop paired with jeans or shorts might be the ideal way to ease into the look. This Velvet by Graham and Spencer top is perfect with shorts or boyfriend jeans.
Go High End: This textured navy Carven top might be the ideal partner for a sleek skirt or perhaps wide leg trousers, making it an ideal way to play around with the crop top trend. And it will work as a layering piece in the long term.
Overall, wearing a crop top doesn’t necessarily mean showing any part of your waistline (unless you want to), just understanding how to control proportion and silhouette, and layering properly!
1. Black Sweet Persuasion Crop Tee, now $19.60
2. Tibi Leather w/ Ponte Combo Crop Top, now $119.99
3. Motel Night Wrap Crop Top, $40
6. Carven Waffle-Knit Cropped Top, $420
– Jaqueline Zenn
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