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Would You Wear… a Crop Top?


Lindsay Lohan, Alexander Wang model, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port wearing crop tops
Lindsay Lohan, an Alexander Wang model, Audrina Patridge, and Whitney Port wearing crop tops

The 90’s have been over for almost 10 years now, but fashion-wise, the decade is on its way back in. Brace yourselves because it’s official: the crop top has made a comeback. Spotted on the runways at Alexander Wang and on celebs like Whitney Port, Lindsay Lohan, and Audrina Patridge, short shirts are fast becoming one of summer’s trendiest looks. But are they really wearable?

While I’m all in favor of a 90’s fashion resurgence (Clueless, after all, changed my life), I can’t help but think this is one trend that will disappear as quickly as it came back. To me, crop tops only work on a few individuals – dancers in 90’s videos, runway models, Carrie Bradshaw, and Britney Spears. That’s about the extent of it. Notice that normal people are not on the list.

I think there are also right and wrong ways to wear this look. A cropped tee worn with high-waisted shorts that cover your belly button (a la Alexander Wang)? Cute. Showing off your innie in a short tee paired with low-rise daisy dukes (a la Lindsay Lohan)? Not so cute.

Enough with my opinions, though – I want to get your takes! That is, after all, the point of this post.

Would you wear a crop top? Are you in love with the 90’s revival or will you be skipping out completely? Leave a comment – I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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109 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Crop Top?”

  1. 1
    June 8th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I think this is a dreadful trend. I was in dance for years and this reminds me of the cut up t-shirts we use to wear over our leotards.

  2. 2
    June 8th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I am definitely not a fan of cropped tops. Even if someone has a nice body this look just isn’t flattering. Just look at poor Whitney! That is awful. The line has to be drawn somewhere for 90’s fashion. You will not see me partaking in this trend.

  3. 3
    June 8th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I adore them!

  4. 4
    June 8th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I just can’t see this one doing it for me. Whitney looks dreadful, totally sloppy.

  5. 5
    June 8th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I am a “normal person” and definitely have the abs to work this trend. However, I won’t be wearing it because I don’t care to show that much skin. It’s not classy at all IMO. Mainly I am just dreading the fact that this trend will soon trickle down to masses…

  6. 6
    June 8th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I would love to, if… I had great abs. It looks nice with high waisted jeans or skirt )like Audrinas’) but I don’t think I can pull it off.

  7. 7
    June 8th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    not cute. would never.

  8. 8
    June 8th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I will freely admit that I do not have the body to pull off a crop top. So I will not be subjecting anyone to seeing my flabby pale stomach in a crop top :-)

  9. 9
    June 8th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    definitely not!

  10. 10
    June 8th, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    whitney.. LOOOOL

  11. 11
    June 8th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Erm, def no! Crop top’s just look wrong!

  12. 12
    June 8th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Oh dear me no. I think it’s unbelieveably trashy and I’m not so thin, so I don’t think the world would want to see me in a crop top. Leave ‘em for the dancers. : )

  13. 13
    June 8th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    That’s a trend I wouldn’t wear. I don’t like how it looks and I hate short tops. Although I am skinny and I can wear such thing I still hate it. Plus these crop tops remind me for the time I was 12 and it may be trendy now, but still looks old-fashioned :(

  14. 14
    June 8th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Absolutely not. No way. Who the heck decided this was cute?
    No way. Not even if you paid me a million dollars would I wear this even for 5 minutes. Ick.

  15. 15
    June 8th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    My mommy always abhorred showing skin on the stomach. She firmly believes that it will make anyone look heavier.

    I don’t think I will wear this revival trend, but it doesn’t look too awful in the pics you have chosen.

  16. 16
    June 8th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I think this trend hasn’t been out long enough to be back in. However Audrina wears it very well. But then again, what doesn’t look good on her?

  17. 17
    June 8th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Fashion wise =no, but to the gym or working out (it has to be one specifically designed for active wear) = yes!!!! I am a fan of crop tops as i like the freedom of movement

  18. 18
    June 8th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I think this whole “midriff, crop-top” style is cute, but A-list celebrities are the only people who actually are brave enough to pull off this daring look. :/

    Most of the time, the crop-top doesn’t work.
    But yes, about 10% of the time, it actually looks pretty good. :]

    I would wear a crop top but I would NEVER wear it without a tank-top underneath.
    Showing that much of my skin would make me seriously uncomfortable. :[

    I would love to a get a crop-top in white, then layer maybe a bright, summery tank top in colors like pink or sky blue underneath. It would look very effortless, yet cute and doesn’t show off any skin! :]

    :] I love this post!


  19. 19
    June 8th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I would not wear one. I have the abs but I am just so much more modest than that. I would not feel comfortable in something that showed my belly unless I was on the beach, where it’s acceptable lol.

  20. 20
    June 8th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    No. Not in public.. but it does remind me of my dance clothes…

  21. 21
    June 9th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I might be fit, but I still wouldn’t be caught dead in one of these tops. I just think it looks cheap and tacky.

  22. 22
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I think it can be cute, but not very practical. Especially in Boston where people still give you dirty looks for wearing leggings or gladiator sandals!

  23. 23
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Okay…so I think it can be cute if done correctly….but in a more casual sort of way….and with the right shirt/shorts or longer skirt combo….and the right shoes….Whitney on the end there is just bad. Anyway…I actually probably will wear the trend.

  24. 24
    June 9th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Many may disagree with me but I think that to wear a crop top without looking alkward and sloppy a large bust is a must, I’m a very very petite person and am thin enough I could get away with wearing one, I think that without any boobs to balance it out it just wouldn’t look right.

  25. 25
    June 9th, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Whitney Port looks like someone I would have made fun of in junior high…

  26. 26
    June 9th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Whitney looks terrible. The nicest one on the pic is the Wang model. Right shorts right shoes. Since I don’t have the abs (working on it, lol) I would never wear this without a tank top underneath. But even with the tank this trend is hard to pull off – wrong shoes or shorts can only lead to disaster.

  27. 27
    June 9th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I highly doubt this trend will stay around for long, so it is just not worth your time or money. Even though I’ve got the body for it I definitely wouldnt wear cos it looks slobby and is just not realistic. Also it has that whole 90s exercise gear vibe going on and that is just wrong.

  28. 28
    June 9th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    You know how some fashion trends you just look back and say “what the hell was I thinking?”. Yeah, this is one of them. Doesn’t work on ANYONE.

  29. 29
    June 9th, 2009 at 9:07 am

    if you have a flat and toned stomach then yes, if not then no… i think if you where just out with your friends wearing them it would look a bit odd…i would not wear them, dont think they are going to last long

  30. 30
    June 9th, 2009 at 9:20 am

    omg…I’ve been seeing this out A LOT since I live in Texas where it’s already quite hot. Brings back memories of my high school years…we wore crop tops (midriffs we called them) all the time. I like the way Audrina Partridge wears it, but I just don’t know if I’m ready for this trend to be back. I could pull it off (especially with a high waist skirt or shorts), but do I want to? Not so much.

  31. 31
    June 9th, 2009 at 10:27 am

    No way. ’90s fashion is cool, but I’m not a fan of this look. Look at Whitney? Doesn’t she pride herself in the fact she’s a fashionista? I wouldn’t wear her look, not even to the gym! I love the way the model is wearing it, but again, she is extremely thin. Average sized women would not be able to pull that off. I’ll be happily skipping this “look.”

  32. 32
    June 9th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    90s fashion is out for a reason.
    Lol i wouldn’t wear any crop tops.

  33. 33
    June 9th, 2009 at 12:16 pm


  34. 34
    June 9th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I seriously think only annorexic models can pull of this trend. Average people look terrible in cropped tops, especially the picture on the far right (should not be worn as sweats!)

    That’s just my opinion. Of course if I was extremely skinny, and toned like super hero then I would love this trend, but once trends like these come out everyone thinks that they can wear it, and believe you me they can’t!

    Kind of like the leggings as pants trend. Not everyone can pull it off, and some people should just not even attempt it.

    *these are just my opinions so if you’re reading this and you don’t like it, don’t take them to literally because once again, this is just my opinion*

  35. 35
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I like it! II agree it can look less 90’s cheesy paired with something high waisted. As for those who don’t want to spend money on it, you can easily cut off an old tee to try the look out.

    I reallyyy like Audrina’s outfit :X perhaps it’s the 90’s child in me?

  36. 36
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Big NO NO for me!
    This trend looks a little too much for me. I guess it’s the type of trend that does not suit everyone.

  37. 37
    June 9th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I highly doubt this trend will end well … I can picture people that don’t have the bod trying to wear these, and I can also picture LITTLE GIRLS wearing shirts like this, which IMO is not appropriate.

    I don’t think they look classy at all. I like Audrina best, but it would look 100 x better if it wasn’t see-through. Call me old fashioned, but w/e.

    Hopefully this goes out as fast as it ‘came back’

  38. 38
    June 9th, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t know. If this becomes a trend, I can easily see it turning into something like Anne-Margret in the “Bye Bye Birdie” movie. You know, that dreadful scene where everyone is flapping around like animated scarecrows and singing about how they’ve “got a lot of living to do?”
    She wears a hot pink LONG SLEEVED crop top with awful frilly layers and pairs it with high-waisted LEGGINGS of all things.
    I’m not sure if 21st century fashion should be infiltrated by what was once considered cool by 1958 rebels.

  39. 39
    June 9th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I’m definitely a fan of 90’s fashions being revived. I grew up in that decade so it’s pretty cool to have my childhood memories come back like that. By the way, we used to call crop tops belly shirts or half shirts when they were trendy in the late 90’s/early 2000.

    I actually kind of like crop tops, but I agree that only certain people can pull them off. I also agree that it depends on how they are worn.

    Another factor to take into consideration is the environment they are being worn in. I think it is acceptable to wear a belly shirt to the gym , on the beach, at the pool, to a barbecue, or for hitting up clubs/bars. You may even be able to get away with wearing a half shirt on a date, depending on where you’re going. But is it appropriate to wear a belly shirt on a normal day out consisting of shopping for groceries, going to the mall, etc.? Probably not so much. And it’s definitely not appropriate to wear a crop top to work or job interviews (or even school, for that matter).

  40. 40
    June 9th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Okay, now that my little freak out session is done, I don’t think anyone can pull them off. Maybe when you’re working outside, or as a swimsuit cover up. Just like sweats in public- don’t expect to be taken seriously.

  41. 41
    June 9th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    just no :)

  42. 42
    June 9th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    It does work with a tank top underneth, preferably in a bright color, it looks great!!! I wear it all the time :) It’s a huge trendXD

  43. 43
    June 9th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Croptops? Me? Never!
    Despite that fact that I’ll always enjoy watching ‘stylish’ young celeb carrying out the fashion risks on my behalf, this is one aspect of the 90’s that I don’t want to reunite with :(
    Besides, now I have an urge to watch one of those oh so cool 90’s teen shows..hang time, anyone?

  44. 44
    June 10th, 2009 at 9:15 am

    For me they’re kinda hot!

  45. 45
    June 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    My boyrfriend and I just saw a girl wearing this last night in Laguna Beach! I thought to myself…”where the hell did the rest of her shirt go,” meanwhile my boyfriend gave me a look as if to ask “what was that?” and then we both laughed. And it was night time and only the more upscale restaurants are open at this time and I was hoping she wasn’t going to one of them…I mean common…it looks really trashy for nighttime aparrel.

  46. 46
    June 10th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    It was so 90s I was watching 90210 and Tori Spelling wore them in every color and style. I would never wear the shirt even if I had a six pack I think it;s a dont

  47. 47
    June 10th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Zephyr, you totally hit the nail on the head. It’s definitely a trend limited to certain body types and people (ahem, like Carrie Bradshaw was EXACTLY what I was thinking) but I don’t know if I could stand wearing it out in public. It’s just really not my style :P

  48. 48
    June 11th, 2009 at 3:52 am

    they are sooo ugly!

  49. 49
    June 11th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    No. Just no.

  50. 50
    June 11th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    No one looks good in crop tops. Anorexic models? Maybe a little. But I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that in real life, while walking down the street. The cut of crop tops just carries a naturally awkward and off-kilter quality to it. Which could work in any other circumstance, and is an aim many pieces of clothing have–but not this one. No.

  51. 51
    June 12th, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I think crop-tops can look nice if they A. are worn on the right body and B. look like they’re supposed to be short, not as if someone cut the botton of your shirt or it’s a few sizes too small.

  52. 52
    June 13th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Okay I lived though the 90s and they looked HORRIBLE then and they still look cheap cheap cheap…

    Wear them at the pool but not to buy groceries… tacky.

  53. 53
    June 14th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    i like them, but i dont wanna look like i bought a size too small, if the trend get stronger ill wear it.

  54. 54
    June 18th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    i figure its way better than showing tons of cleavage. The stomach and back can be both sexy and conservative. and all of those have a pretty high neck. I don’t particularly like the baggy style but crop tops are definitely good in my book and not at all trashy.

  55. 55
    June 19th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    they look…tacky. so nope. =)

  56. 56
    June 23rd, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I don’t know, I think I’m going to have to go against the grain on this one and say……I kind of dig em. I recently bought 2 crop shirts and they don’t look half bad, even though all of my friends compare me to Kelly Kapowski. They’re a fun trend to rock during hot, summer months.

  57. 57
    July 4th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I would but I’d kinda be scared of what people think. I think I’d wear it with a high waisted skirt or shorts. That’d be cute.

  58. 58
    July 7th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    So cute. I wear mine with a vest underneath…. ta-da! No flesh on show!

  59. 59
    July 8th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Only if I had the abs and it didn’t make me look dumpy.

  60. 60
    July 16th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I love them with high-waisted shorts, showing just enough skin to avoid trashy. I’m loving the 90’s revival stuff completely, as well. Adorable! And it’s kind of like getting to wear all the things I saw on TV as a kid but my mom wouldn’t buy me, or that the children’s-store rendition of sucked. So much fun.

  61. 61
    July 20th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    ummm nope that looks horrible i dont think any 1 looks good in dat

  62. 62
    July 24th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    The crop top may be a sad revival of the 90’s, but for a quiet day lounging at home, I would deem them acceptable. But, for any other occasion: SCHOOL, WORKING OUT, SHOPPING, ETC. they are FAR too risque for anyone to be able to take you seriously. Unfortunately, everyone judges a book by its cover, subconsciously, or not, based on your physical appearance and even more especially, by what you wear. So, playing it safe and covering up ladies would be your best bet to avoid negative criticism on your behalf.


  63. 63
    August 9th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    love it, i don’t know i if i can pull it off, though.

  64. 64
    August 18th, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    All of these pictures here show crop tops that are really loose at the bottom. That gives you a more boxy figure. The ONLY way to do this and flatter your figure is with a fitted top!

  65. 65
    August 31st, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I absolutely love crop tops, I am definitely not the thinnest person ever and i never thought I would be able to pull it off, but surprisingly I loved the way they look. I always receive compliments when I do wear them. I think they are made for people who are more daring in terms of fashion but I definitely think most people can pull it off if they give it a try!

  66. 66
    September 7th, 2009 at 6:41 am

    I think that crop tops are amazing! I’ve just bought one and i think it looks really cool with black skinnies and heels! Lindsay lohan rocks the look in the picture above and i think if you can pull it of then why not wear them! I think they look great :)

  67. 67
    September 30th, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I think it’s possible to pull it off, and look really good.
    I know a few girls who their crop tops with a vest or long sleeve over the top – depending on what you’re wearing, it can be a great way to balance an outfit.

  68. 68
    October 26th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Any kind of style could work if one has the appropiate physique and know how to match. Personally I prefer form-fitting crop tops over the loose-fitting ones (I also dig crop top hoodies), and I more often see other women wear them with long pants than with skirts or shorts.

  69. 69
    October 26th, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Whether or not I would wear a crop top depends on a few factors. Any style could work if one has the appropiate physique and know how to properly match their outfit. Personally I prefer form-fitting crop tops and crop top hoodies, rather than loose-fitting ones. Though I more often see other women wearing them with long pants than with skirts or shorts.

  70. 70
    October 30th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I like wearing them with skinny jeans and with a thin vest underneath, because showing my stomach, and the high waisted thing are really not for me

  71. 71
    December 8th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I see a lot of negative comments, I wonder what would be said 20 years from now about short shorts and low-cut blouses that everyone is wearing now. Crop tops are like shorts, they can look good if the size and style suits you but not if it is too tight or too short. Trendy or not, they are comfortable if you live in the South where its hot.

  72. 72
    December 20th, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    i like this look, however it doesnt look good in the pictures above.

  73. 73
    January 5th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I love the crop top! I have a very short torso, so crop tops actually cover all of my upper torso except for a very small sliver of skin, which “peeps” out just perfectly. Because I have such wide shoulders, small torso (and luckily flat stomach), and “curvy” bottom half , the boxy crop top looks great. I have had alot of compliments whenever I wear crop tops. I wear them with a nice pair of “straight” Levis, cute belt and boots.

  74. 74
    January 9th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    i think the crop top is a great way to cover up a bathing suit or party on the beach at night with friends .. with a flat stomach and some denim it’s a great carefree look .. not recommended for wearing to a restaurant or anything along those lines though

  75. 75
    January 15th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    The celebs are wearing it wrong! A cropped top with a high waisted skirt or shorts wouldn’t show any skin and would still look cute :)

  76. 76
    February 8th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    i LOVE the crop top trend. But i disagree that they look nice with high waisted items. If items are high waisted, it’s to show off the buttons/detailing on them and so the top you wear them with should be tucked in (basic fashion law). Crop tops look great with leggins (i wear them all the time) or even just with a bikini when on your jollys.

  77. 77
    February 9th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    um, i wore a crop top from LaROK the other night, and i got about 10 comments on it saying how cute it was. If you can pull it off, go for. But, you MUST be able to be confident in it (which probably means a flat stomach) because if your not comfortable wearing it will not be fun. Crop tops are all about who can and who cannot pull them off. also, you have to be careful with what you wear them with. It can look classy or trashy. so choose your bottoms wisely!

  78. 78
    February 10th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Who thinks you should wear high waisted with them?
    Because i really disagree!

  79. 79
    February 10th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    lucielu: i think it depends
    basically models and tall skinny people can pull the high waisted look off.
    but i’m short and skinny so i NEVER wear high waisted anything
    i think its how you put your outfit together and your body type, thats what determines if it looks trashy or cute.

  80. 80
    April 5th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I love them, I wear mine with skinny jeans and heels or dolly shoes. I think they’re pretty easy to wear, especially at parties. But I get that their not for everyone

  81. 81
    April 5th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Just to re-iterate on the crop top – I love it, love it, love it!!! But the crop tops I wear are long enough that only a sliver of “belly” shows. I have a very short torso, so while the average woman would be showing a massive amount of “belly” , on me it is”just right” . It is sexy, yet at the length it is on me, its not “trashy”.

  82. 82
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Crop tops look very cute tucked into highwaisted skirts. Especially if its a short skirt, because usually the crop tops cover your chest area so it balances the look out, but that’s my opinion.

  83. 83
    April 29th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I think that if someone can pull them off (by having a good body and wearing the right clothes) it can look amazing, BUT it can also turn out really bad. Personally I love them,

  84. 84
    May 3rd, 2010 at 5:28 am

    amy: i dont understand how crop tops can look cute tucked into a high waisted skirt? surely by tucking it in you can no longer tell it is a crop top? im not trying to disagree with your opinion, just intrigued as to how this works.

    lucielu :)

  85. 85
    May 16th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    If that’s what people like, let them be them. But honestly Whitney, that doesn’t look right

  86. 86
    June 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Wait… these went out of style???
    LOL, I love them and never stopped wearing them!

  87. 87
    June 14th, 2010 at 5:12 am

    i dont think any of the celebs/models above look good in them..Lindsay looks okay i guess.
    but i wear crop tops all the time with skinny jeans, or funky leggins and glads :)

  88. 88
    June 14th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I am all for them! With the right accessories and apparel of course.
    Maybe a colorful blazer, high-waisted shorts, and a chunky necklace.
    Look at ‘Rebel Yell’s crop top tanks and 3/4 sleeves. They’re so adorable but they are a little on the pricey side!

  89. 89
    July 6th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I don’t like crop tops with high waisted skirts/Shorts. But i think they look REALLY cute with Dark denim skinny jeans and cute sandals/flat shoes. I have a cute one with minie mouse on the front and it doesn’t look sl*tty or anything because of the picture on the front! LOVE IT. :)

  90. 90
    July 6th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    ITs not a hot trend for no reason:
    crop tops show cool, hip, summer/spring fashion. and are super F@B

  91. 91
    July 7th, 2010 at 3:35 am

    i like these tops over a cami or tank top

  92. 92
    July 7th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    The 30+ degrees Celsius the past few weeks has overruled any fashion arguments people have made.

  93. 93
    July 20th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I wore one the other night to go out dancing, granted, mine is not super cropped but I think they’re super breezy and sometimes a great break from the usual skintight-bodycon things people wear out these days. I agree with most of these comments, I think they look good with skinny jeans and such but NOT high waisted shorts, leave those to the 6ft tall models.

  94. 94
    August 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I would definitely wear a cropped top, but i would wear a cami that matched underneath. That with a pair of dark distressed skinny jeans = totally stylish and cute outfit!

  95. 95
    August 15th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I love crop tops! i’m 15 and im quite toned, so yeeeh i wear them!

  96. 96
    September 13th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I don’t wear them (because although I’m skinny, I think you must be at least toned to wear them – which I’m not).

    But I was eyeing off a Lee one I thought was cute..

    Worn right, I think they can look great. But I don’t like any of the ones posted.

  97. 97
    September 25th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I’m actually kinda into the look. Most of the pictures above look kind of dumpy (though then again I never really think celeb photos are very flattering) but I think there’s nothing wrong with a small amount of stomach showing. And this is from a chick who mostly wears one-pieces on the beach and feels a bit uncomfortable in the bikinis that are ‘in’ with fellow youth. Again, it’s not that trashy looking and really cute and flirty if you wear it right. To me, that means no low-rise jeans, neckline shows no more than the collar bone, and if you’re wearing shorts or a skirt, keep a fairly conservative length. Not to mention they’d be for the more casual situations (unless you’re into the club scene, I guess.) I’m thinking of trying this out with an old sports tee or something… hmm.

  98. 98
    November 29th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    love love love them! i have a white one with pink polkadots and it matches with absolutely anything

  99. 99
    February 28th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I adore them. Wear them with a pair of jeans, a sweater, and some sneakers, sandals or flats and I’m good to go.

  100. 100
    April 20th, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    i wouldnt wear one of these if ya paid me they look trampy and theres no styles of these now with no sleeves and alot short like a belly top but they are really in fashion and arent from the olden days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. 101
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I was unsure about this look until I actually tried it. My crop tops are a bit less revealing, right below the belly button and I love the high waisted shorts with it, anything with a low rise waist would be way too much. I like to do a silk crop with heavier fabric, looser fitting short. Urban has great options for both. It gives it a much classier look than these. And as ugly as it sounds, you really do have to have the body. I adore this look when executed correctly.

  102. 102
    May 24th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I love crop tops. I’m a 90’s baby myself, so I’m all about crop tops, floral patterns, and mini skirts. Not necessarily together. Reminds me of what the “cool teenage girls” would wear when I was little. Anyway, crop tops obviously shouldn’t be worn if your stomach isn’t nice and flat (no brainer) but if you have a cute figure, go for it. I wore a snug bandana print crop top that hits just below my ribs with a loose low rise black skirt that hits midcalf. It was a very cute outfit if I do say so myself. It’s funny though, while guys love the look, other girls tend to give you the stank eye when you wear stuff like that. Go figure :P

  103. 103
    July 15th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    OMG so happy I used to use a hair tye to tye up my shirts when i was a teen (it was not in then) because I loved the look.

  104. 104
    July 27th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    i think crop tops are cute beacause you show what you want to show and remember when you where a little kid you had to wear this cloths that you did not like now its your time to show what you like not what someone told you to you can or can not agree with me but my thing is that i like crop tops now i can choose what i want to wear and not to be told to its fun to crazy with what you wear its my tie to shine and show the world

  105. 105
    August 25th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    I love crop tops! I wear and look for them all the time, i belive they make you look cute! There is an age limit though, i belive about 13-25 is the ages, and younger or older is just plain.. ick.

  106. 106
    January 22nd, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    lol! reading this article in 2014 is so funny because crop tops are still a big thing 5 years later!

  107. 107
    April 4th, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I think it would only look normal if you show your navel. If it is covered up, while the rest of your belly (Below or under) is showing, it just looks wierd to me.

  108. 108
    September 28th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I wouldn’t wear one without an undershirt or camisole underneath. I’m 19 years old, and short and thin. Wearing a bikin bathing suit to the beach is perfectly fine, but wearing a crop top all the time is kind of dumb a and sleazy.

  109. 109
    December 20th, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Why are people acting like we haven’t seen belly-shirts since the nineties? Celebrities wore crop tops till like 2004. Regular people in some areas wore them even longer. By 2003 they definitely weren’t cool anymore, but Britney still wore a tiny one on the cover of “Me Against the Music”.

    I think it was around late 2005 when you wouldn’t be caught dead showing belly-button, as layers were firmly in by then. Even skinny girls who could pull it off would be called skanks if they wore a crop top.

    I remember a few years ago my friends were talking as if crop tops were too weird to ever return, and they’d just seem too insane to people of the future. I disagreed, as showing midriff has been part of human history and fashion for millennia.

    I really don’t think they’re gonna catch on this time around with normal people, it’s too early for them. Maybe by summer 2017/16 or so they’ll be back full force. I for one will be excited. I think the right cuts do wonders for a skinny figure.

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