How to Wear a Crop Top

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How to Wear a Crop Top
Crop tops can be a versatile clothing item. (white shirt image by Lev Dolgatshjov from

Crop tops first appeared in the United States in the 1980s as a men's wear trend. They resurfaced as a women's wear trend in the mid 1990s. While crop tops were initially an athletics-inspired trend, they took on a much sexier tone when they reappeared on women. A crop top is any shirt that reveals the stomach above the waistband of the wearer's trousers/skirt.

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  • Crop top
  • Shorts/pants/skirt

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    Decide which crop top style you will be wearing. There are several variations of the crop top that are in currently in style, such as a sleeveless fitted crop top, a tight long-sleeve crop top and a loose, boxy crop top with either long or short sleeves.

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    Evaluate the material of your crop top. Tighter fitting styles, both sleeveless and long sleeved, should be made with a fabric that has some stretch to it. These more revealing styles should be in thicker, more opaque fabrics. If you'll be wearing a looser, boxier style, thinner fabrics are preferable because they drape better on the body. Lace is also a popular choice for these looser crop tops.

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    Consider both your crop top style and fabric when choosing you skirt or trousers. Tighter crop tops should be worn with trousers, shorts or skirts with more volume. These crop tops also look better with bottoms that sit higher on the waist. Looser crop tops are nicely complemented with tight, body contouring skirts, trousers and shorts.

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