Previously reserved for the Spice Girls and track and field runners, the crop top has made an impression on us it seems, and it ain’t going anywhere anytime soon.
If you want to jump onto the crop top bandwagon but aren’t really too sure if you can pull it off, we’ve gathered some handy tips on how to wear them and which silhouettes suit your body shape the best. We do have some general suggestions for crop top wearers; let’s start off with the most important, which is, let’s not expose our belly buttons while wearing our crop tops. Repeat after me, thou shalt not expose belly buttons in public spaces other than the beach, pool or group knitting circle on Thursdays. If you’re wearing your crop top during the day, either keep your top tight and your bottoms loose or vice versa. Too much is just, er, too much. Now let’s get on to the nitty gritty and figure out how you can wear crop tops to flatter your figure the most.
You’re an hourglass
We can all just take one look at Kim K and know that girl can rock a crop top like nobody’s business. What Kim does, and I suggest all you other gorgeous hourglassed dames out there do is, find a crop top that’s a tad longer and stops just above your the bottom of your ribcage and pair it with a skirt (you can go a-line or pencil, look at you!) that sits on the narrowest part of your waist. This emphasises your curves on the top and the bottom. Boom.
You’re straight up and down
The trick here is not to go too tight; you want a structured crop top as opposed to spandex-style, I’m-going-to-the-gym-after-this-but-not-really kind of cut. This will give you the illusion of extra curves. Pair them with high-waisted bottoms (go for a full skirt for added curves) that sit a little below your natural waist, to show off your thin middle. If you have broad shoulders, go for a halter neck style to add more balance.
You’re pear shaped
Similar to our hourglass shaped ladies, you want to look for crop tops that hit you just above your natural waistline (aka you want the peek-a-boo part to be where you are narrowist). Try going for a darker long a-line skirt that will glide over your curves and draw attention to your top half. If you’re wearing your crop top with high waisted jeans, wear your top with a long blazer to balance out your silhouette.