We promise anyone can pull it off
Ok, having killer abs totally helps, but to really work the crop top trend, it’s actually less about baring all of your midriff and more about which separates you wear with it. Follow our rules for the only way to wear this summer’s trickiest trend…
How to wear a crop top to fit your body shape
Making the crop top work is all about the balance. If going for more of a bra top style, keep the skin-baring to a minimum on the legs and team with a high-waisted trouser for a look that screams expensive – we love the one below from ASOS. Or, show your legs but go for a looser cropped knit sweater.
How to wear a crop top to work
The key to wearing a crop top to work is playing with separates. Layer over a simple shift dress or wear a printed crop top over a simple white shirt for a easy way to introduce it to your work wardrobe, like the Tome one below from Net-A-Porter. The main aim of the game is to go for something boxy and smart.
How to layer with crop tops
If you’re new to layering, we recommend starting off with a style that is minimal in finish and shape. Look to Cos, Whistles and M&S for the perfect fuss-free styles. Wear with a simple untucked white shirt underneath and add a double breasted blazer if you want to smarten up.
However, it’s always fun to experiment with new trends. This season, it’s all about dramatic sleeves, so team a velvet bralette with a fun shirt like the one below from Zara.
How to wear crop tops in the evening
Turn up the wow factor in a body-con duo. Go matchy-matchy with a figure-flattering high-waisted skirt and crop top.
If this all sounds a little too sexy, go for a full-skirted option with a boxy longer length crop top to match. Or you could try the off-the-shoulder trend, paired with a ruffle skirt like the look below from D&G at Net-A-Porter.
How to wear crop tops if you’re a tomboy
If you are more of a slouchy boyfriend jeans kinda gal, fear not, crop tops can still work for you. Go for a printed slogan tee shape style and wear with white ripped denim, then add a shiny patent pool slider and you’re good to go. We like this style from ASOS.
How to nail the crop top lingerie trend
These tops aren’t actually as revealing as they first seem. They tend to come with thick straps, which means you can actually wear a bra underneath, and wide waistbands like this one from & Other Stories below. If you’re going for a lace style, team with a high waisted pleated skit.