It’s the best thing since sliced bread and almond stuffed olives. At least I think so. But crop tops, like almond stuffed olives, are an acquired taste. Not everyone can wear them, and not everybody wants to see you wear one. But with warmer weather, beach season, and summer music festivals approaching, rest assured that the crop top will be back in full force. Thus, as with anything you do in life (or at music festivals) you need to know what your getting yourself into and how you should prepare yourself.
There are two main types of crop tops. I’m going to call them, the “super crop” and the “secret crop”. The “super crop” is a straight up, Britney Spears circa 1999, belly bearing shirt. It’s fine for the beach, day-fratting (but only if you’re still in college because otherwise how awkward is that?), and going out at night. The “secret crop” shows maybe half an inch to an inch of midriff (sorry I hate that word too, I’ll try not to use it again. Don’t know what I was thinking). These can actually be worn during the day, and occasionally around people who are over the age of 45—but that’s still debatable.
Crop Top Canons:
- If you’re wearing it with shorts, DO NOT wear heels (even if they’re wedges) and make sure that they’re not super short—or preferably that they’re high-waisted.
- Make sure if you raise your hands, it’s still functioning as a shirt.
- Crop tops are appropriate for maybe 10% of all situations you will ever be in during your life before age 30…keep that in mind.
- Crop tops = spring and summer, boots = fall and winter. Don’t mix them.
- I just really don’t like halter crop tops. Neither should you.
Crossed Out Crop Top from Nasty Gal
Available online from Nasty Gal
Fashion is Dead Short Sleeve Crop Top by Who Cares NYC
Available online from Singer22
Zoe Top by Brandy Melville USA
Available online from Brandy Melville USA
Cha Cha Tube Top by Jen’s Pirate’s Booty
Available online from Planet Blue