Spice up your summer with this season’s stomach-baring trend. Show some skin and let those long hours of working out pay off. The crop top is back and the designers have given it a modern overhaul for women of all ages. Gone are the days when crop tops were the provocative and belly-button exposing statements from the 90s. Now the crop top varies from tailored and structured to figure-hugging and sporty. And the best part: the modern spin on the crop top shows only a peep of the abdomen; so for those who have gained an extra inch from last fall, you have nothing to worry about.
The reinvention of the crop top has allowed for it to be worn outside beaches and music festivals. Be it a formal gathering or a brunch with friends, there is a crop for every occasion. The boxy and tailored crop tops seen on the runways of Roland Mouret, Rochas, Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga are apt as work wear or evening wear. The figure-hugging and Sicilian-inspired crops at Dolce and Gabbana are great for festivals (Katy Perry at Coachella) or the red carpet (Selena Gomez at SXSW). The sporty crops at Balmain, meanwhile, are perfect for day outs and—with a little help from blazers and other work staples—office wear. The playful and feminine crop tops at J.W Anderson and Giambattista Vali are the perfect daywear statements for the more youthful ladies.
Regardless of whether you are in your 20s or 40s, there is a crop top style for you. Here are a few fashionable styles for you to try this summer.
Flirty and Feminine
The feminine and often corset-shaped crop tops were refreshing sights to see at the shows this season. These crops channel both sexiness and elegance when worn during the daytime or at night time. Paired with a high waist skirt, this style works best at the mall, music festivals or lunch dates.
Structured and Boxy
The tailored crop top was the most spotted style at the Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows. The structured and polished look of these tops make them appropriate for both younger and older women. Pair them off with a demure over-the-knee skirt of the same shade or print to achieve a sleek and elegant look that works great for work or a formal occasion.
Fit and Sporty
The crop tops seen at Alexander Wang and Balmain were body-hugging and sporty silhouettes which had a daring edge to them. These crops are more stomach-baring than others and work only on flat abdomens (Sorry ladies!). This minimalist style is perfect when worn with looser and more androgynous silhouettes to balance its figure-hugging fit. The sporty crop is apt for bolder and edgier girls who are more confident with their bodies.