How to wear the trend without looking like you’re wearing a going out top circa 1998.
Because let’s be honest that look can be a tough pill to swallow. But crop tops – or belly shirts as I more affectionately call them – have been happening for awhile now. And I don’t think they are going anywhere anytime soon. Two specific instances leading up to and over Memorial Day Weekend really got me thinking about this trend.
First, I was packing (super last minute – per usual) and to make things easier I just threw all of my favorite crop tops and high waisted shorts/jeans in my suitcase. I thought for sure I would be kicking myself when I was getting dressed over the weekend. Because who packs solely crop tops, right? BUT shockingly, I was actually very pleased with how I packed. Now, don’t get me wrong, I did pack a variety of crop tops. I packed a few sweater versions, some super boho options and then a few ruffle numbers. I even had a boxy striped crop top incorporated into my travel look.
The second thought provoking crop top caveat occurred when I was in a cab on Nantucket.
I was waiting for a few of my friends to pile in and head to the brewery. And the cab driver began commenting on the outfits as each person hopped into the car. She actually made a comment about how many midriff bearing girls she’d seen running around the island. And sure enough, 5 out of the 7 girls in the car ended up jumping in wearing some type of crop top.
So, after a weekend of wearing and seeing nearly exclusively crop tops and actually being pretty pleased about it, I began thinking about the trend. What is it about a crop top that makes it not gag-worthy? Because let me tell you, this is a trend that can go horribly wrong VERY quickly. Also, why, since the trend is clearly very saturated, did I not feel basic as heck (for lack of a more accurate description) wearing them?
And here are my answers.
First, I noticed that the crop tops that I packed all had unique design details. Whether it be a boatneck cut, ribbed details, bow-tie straps, or layers of ruffles, all of them had something extra going on. And upon closer examination, all of them were somewhat ladylike !! I think that’s what can help keep the trend remain girly and fun rather than looking well – trashy.
And second, the reason that I was still able to feel uniquely myself wearing them is much the same way that you can still wear a statement earring without feeling like every other girl out there at the moment.
It’s all about how you put it together.
Most of the weekend I was wearing my patched denim jacket over said crop tops with super over the top statement earrings. And while on the surface, all of these trends are out there in a big way. Patched denim, crop tops, statement earrings – I mean, come on. There is something about the particular pieces that I paired together that still made them feel *me*. So, in short, when shopping for a crop top, make sure it has some sort of design detail that speaks to your you-ness and pair it with accessories that are sure to spice it up!
Happy midriff bearing Monday!! xx
Wearing: Zara Crop Top (you can find a few other favorites here, here, here, here and here), Embroidered Denim Skirt (similar here and here), Loeffler Randall Platforms (also love these), Figue Embroidered Clutch (also love this color), Le Specs Sunglasses (similar here, here and here), Vintage Scully Leather Jacket (similar here)
Jewelry: Vintage Bird Earrings (also love these, these, these and these), Shourouk Love Beaded Bracelet (also love this one), Belliza Knight Evil Eye Bracelet, Belliza Knight Chain Choker Necklace (similar here), Rebecca Minkoff Lola Friendship Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Taco Stud Friendship Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Good Vibes Only Friendship Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Hey Mama Seed Bead Bracelet, Lionette Lennon Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Lola Rope Bracelet, Rebecca Minkoff Peace Sign Stud Earring, Bing Bang Crystal Shard Stud Earrings, Bing Bang Tiny Geometric Stud, Number ’13’ Stud Earrings Found on Etsy, Steven Alan Gold Bar Stud Earrings (also love these ones found on Amazon)
Photography by Lydia Hudgens