We don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that crop tops are probably the most anxiety-inducing summer wardrobe staple. Although they’re very on trend and don’t seem to be going anywhere, many a woman (understandably) has an undeniable hesitation that they just won’t work for her body type.
We’re here to squash those fears before they can really take root. Contrary to what many of us think, crop tops are actually one of the most flattering summer pieces you can choose because they draw the eye to the thinnest part of pretty much every woman’s body: the area right at the middle of the ribcage, between the breasts and the waist. Whether you’re long and lean, fit and trim, or pear-shaped and curvy, there’s a way for you to wear crop tops.
Read on for tips on how each and every body type can really rock a crop top this summer!
If anyone is the poster child for petite women, it’s Russian editor Miroslava Duma. If you’re a bit on the shorter side, reach for a crop top that is simple, like a cropped T-shirt or one with a bit of a lifted hem at the center to give the illusion of longer legs. Style it with a slimming skirt and finish off the look with a pair of daringly high heels.
Long & Lean
If you’re tall and thin, one thing is key: Don’t fear the print. Try a crop top with a bright and colorful motif, and pair it with high-rise trousers to streamline the eye from head to toe.
Heads-up, plus-size ladies: If you think you can’t wear a crop top, you are tragically mistaken. As shown by wildly popular plus-size blogger Gabi Fresh, a crop top is a stylish addition to any gal’s summer wardrobe. The key is to pair a short to midi-length cropper with high-waisted skirts or pants so only a relatively modest sliver of skin is showing.
If you’re wider up top and a bit narrower at the hips, a halter crop top is the way to go. The diagonal lines created by the halter at either shoulder will draw the eye to your center neck area, having a thinning impact. Blogger Karla Deras illustrates that this concept works best with a voluminous skirt, which adds volume to your narrow hip area and helps to further slim your shoulders.
If you’ve got ample bosom to work with, then you might want to try a sneaky little trick we first saw worn to perfection on Danish blogger Pernille Teisbaek: Wear one over a blouse! She opted for a classic white button-down under a black bustier, but you can really go with any combination. Pair the set with comfy boyfriend jeans and great black sandals, and you’re good to go.
If you’re narrower up top and a bit wider at the hips, try this: A lighter color (like white) up top will make your upper half just a smidge more expansive, so you don’t appear bottom-heavy, and a pair of high-waisted jeans will minimize your waist even more. Throw a blazer over your shoulders for an added layer of minimalism.
FIT & TRIM
If you’re kind of a gym rat or if your body is just naturally athletic-looking (lucky), then you can’t really go wrong in the crop-top category. But for maximum chicness, we recommend playing with proportions to really show off your body’s fit structure.