How to Wear a Crop Top and Not Show People Your Belly Button


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My MO with crop tops, which I wear on the regular, has always been to hide my midriff. In fact, the practice is so common that I was actually surprised to learn that the technique behind it isn’t quite common knowledge. So, after polling the office and learning that not everyone is fluent in how to pull off the tiny top without baring it all, I figured it was time to share my easy trick.

While shorter tops and bra-inspired styles are great and all, if you’re less into the idea of showing a ton of stomach, all you need to do is choose tops that are still short, but on the slightly longer end of the crop-top spectrum, and pair them with high-waisted bottoms. (Fun fact: I can be seen doing this here, here, and here).

Nonetheless, whether that means trousers, jeans, paper-bag pants, or anything else is up to you. Simply choose a rise that is high enough on your body to meet your top where it ends, or close to it. My trick for this when shopping online is to compare the rise listed on the product’s page to a pair of pants I already own and know the fit of. That way, I can guess around how high or low they will sit on my waist.

So, if you’re ready to crop-top it up everywhere and anywhere, continue on to shop some of my favorite longer versions, plus the best high-rise bottoms to pair them with.

Want more easy wardrobe solutions? Check out our guide to nailing your airport outfit every time.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.