Crop tops have been part of the fashion trend for quite some time now. It is one style of clothing that can go with any styled bottom wear, like skirts, pants, palazzos, and shorts.
A Brief History-
Surprisingly Crop tops are not a trend of the millennium. It came into existence in the early 1940s and was more conservative in style with a collar and short sleeve. This fashion piece took-off not before the 1970s. At that time, these crop tops were worn by both men and women, but mainly women. Men – mostly footballers – wore this piece of clothing during the 1970s and 1980s as protective football gear and jerseys. It was a huge hit among the American football athletes in the NFL.
Crop tops hit the fashion seen big time in the 1980s with the growth of aerobic culture. The 80s being the crazy decade of disco, punk sub-culture and hippies, popularized the crop tops. Young girls and women experimented by chopping off their workout wear, like sleeves, collars, and hem to make then into loose-fitting crop tops, pairing them with bodysuits or wearing them with a tank top.
These stylish crop tops made a significant impact on the young generation through films like – Flashdance (1983), Dirty Dancing (1987) – and the music scene Madonna wore a mesh crop top in her music video – Lucky Star (1983).
The trend of designer women crop tops continued even in the ’90s then it saw a slip from the scene. It revived back only after almost a decade, after 2010. The millennium saw many fashion backs of the 80’s and 90’s style, and crop top is one of them. Because it was comfortable and chic, it was bound to make a comeback. Today, it is a must-have for millennials in their wardrobe.
Styling Up with A Crop Top-
Nowadays, women crop tops have taken over the fashionistas. Last year in 2017 witnessed the pervasive off-the-shoulder top and the return of the Hawaiian dad shirt. A year earlier, you could see fashionistas adorning gingham and a one-shoulder styles tops. 2018 is trending new style of crop tops like the baby smocked tops and the perfect white shirt.
Crop tops are summary wear. If you live in the tropics, you can wear them around the year by pairing it with any new style of bottom wear.
Skirts make a great pair with crop top of any style. Minis, midis, wrap-around skirts, denim minis, worn with a tie-front blouse looks chic. Crop tops are meant to show-off the skin and bralettes, but also keep it a little more covered.
Beachwear combined with a crop top and wraparound skirt looks exotic. You can match a bikini top (that looks more like a statement shirt) with a floral skirt. You can also DIY a wrap look with a printed scarf, while some of these styles are available at ready-made shops.
Gingham look can never get boring. Wear a high-waisted two-tone printed thigh-high slit skirt with a classic tank in a cropped silhouette. This look will make a few heads turn at an elite pool party or an exclusive bar and lounge.
Cotton and denim minis if worn with a cool cotton crop look trendy. With the right accessories, you can go for the kill with this look. Denim minis with button-front look stylish.
Midi skirts combined with a cotton t-shirt knotted around the waist also looks cools.
Trousers worn with a crop top and leather jacket over it looks neat instead of a tucked-in blouse or sweater.
Denim jeans or pants paired with a lace crop, topped with an oversized blazer add a sophisticated appeal to your overall look.
Palazzos or loose, high-waisted pants combined with a boxier cropped sweater give you cool yet casual look.
Capris or 3/4th linen or cotton pants worn with a boxy woven cami is just the right look for the summers to keep cool and comfortable.
Sweatpants combined with a sporty crop top can give you a redefined appearance and make you the cynosure of all eyes when you step outdoors in the morning.
High street brands and luxury houses now prefer selling crop tops, and have embraced this piece of clothing as a part of their runway collections. From cropped shirts, bustiers, and turtlenecks to cold shoulder and anti-fit versions – you have at your discretion a broad range of new styled crop top.
Currently trending is women crop tops with exaggerated sleeves. Crop tops have not only made a mark in the international fashion scenario but also in India. Here, crop tops are paired with lehengas, saris, and dhoti pants for a traditional yet contemporary look.