In Defense of the Crop Top

The hottest fashion trend right now is the crop top.  It has made its mark on several runways   from Balenciaga and Alice + Olivia and trickled its way down to Topshop and Zara.  Every “it” girl has been seen in one. Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce to name a few.  It has even been a trend in bridal wear and let us not forget the Prada crop top that a pregnant Kerry Washington wore to the 2014 SAG awards.

Most women who are not of super model proportions may not think that this look can work for them. Don’t let the idea of an exposed midriff scare you!  A crop top styled in the right way can be very flattering and stylish.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Pair the crop top with something high waist-ed.  Shorts, skirts, pants and even overalls.  Just a hint of exposed skin is enough.  Too much skin is reminiscent of the crop top trend in the 90′s with belly rings and lower back tattoos.
  2. If you want to accentuate your curves and keep the look sexy; pair the crop top with a pencil skirt.  If you want a more conservative and classic take on the trend, pair it with an aline or flared skirt.
  3. If you are still uncomfortable with showing skin, pair the crop top with a blouse underneath.  Still chic and on trend!.
  4. It is of great importance to make sure that all the items in your crop top look fit well.  A too tight crop top will give anyone the dreaded “muffin top’” even if you are a size 2!  A great fit is the key to looking exceptional.
  5. Decide on what you would like to accentuate on your body and then choose a color, pattern or texture to bring your best trait out.  For example, if you wish to play up your upper half, wear a bright top crop or perhaps a bold pattern.  If you wish to downplay your hips, try a darker pant in a straight or flared leg cut.
  6. Confidence.  You will hear this over and over again.  If you don’t feel great in what you are wearing, you won’t look great.  If this crop top trend is not for you, then don’t wear it.  Like all trends, this too shall pass.








Dominique Aimee

Wardrobe & Personal Stylist

Fashion & Beauty Blogger

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