Showing some skin with a crop top is right on trend for the summer season. However, when shopping for a mini top they sometimes can look a bit intimidating on the rack. You may ask yourself how and when you would ever wear a top that looks three sizes too small? It’s all about how you pair it. If you can master the rules of the crop top, you can have one of the coolest outfits in the room.
There are 3 basic crop stop styles – loose crop tops, tight crop tops and bandeau style mini bra tops.
Within each category you can now find tops in a variety of different lengths, patterns and styles but a few basic rules apply to wearing crop tops for the most flattering look.
Loose Crop Tops
These crop tops generally are off the shoulder, made of a loose jersey or cotton material and almost look like a mini t-shirt. Since the top is a loose style you want to keep the bottoms you choose for your outfit tight to balance out the look. Too much volume on the bottom could overwhelm you and will probably look pretty unflattering on any body type. Due to the looser fit; this type of crop top also looks better when styled more casually. Some great options for bottoms with a loose crop top include skinny pants or jean shorts.
Tight Crop Top
These are the latest style for summer. To get the look right, pair this type of top with some sort of high-waisted bottom so you show just a sliver of skin around the midriff area, which keeps the look cute and classy. Try one of these tops with peekaboo cutouts or in a fun pattern to spice The options for bottoms that look great with these tops are practically endless now that high-waisted styles are super trendy for spring and summer.
By choosing a crop top over a regular top with these bottoms you eliminate the bulk from having to tuck in a longer shirt. Try a casual look with a cutout crop top and some high-waisted destroyed denim shorts, skinny jeans or a maxi skirt. Or for a dressier look try a shoulder baring crop top in a dark color with a peplum, pencil or a-line skirt or some wide leg pants. If you are a newbie to crop tops you can also layer a jacket over top to so you are only showing a little skin.
Bandeau & Bustier Style
These tops are also super fun and flirty for summer. They come in two different styles. One looks like a bandeau style strapless or spaghetti strap top and comes in fun patterns such as tribals or fabrics such as lace and eyelet.
The other type of top is a bustier bra crop top which has an underwire and spaghetti straps. Since both of these tops are tight and hit higher on the body, you also want to choose a high-waist bottom to avoid showing too much skin. The bandeau style tops also look great with a cute light jacket or blazer thrown over the top if you want to cover up a bit more.
Need more inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite looks:
Now that you have an idea of the basic rules for rocking a crop top the cute and classy way you can hit the mall and shop all the latest styles without fear. With so many styles there’s a top out there for every style. Just carry this cheat sheet with you for some outfit inspiration and you will be on your way to rock a crop in no time.
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