14 reasons you should start wearing a crop top.

Crop Top update

Crop tops have taken a turn…for the better. And it might just be time to get on board. No longer is the skin-baring trend owned by the youth, relegated to outfits that style pairings of low-rise jeans, hip-hugger flares, and the like.

In fact, rocking a crop top can be barely more revealing than wearing a silk camisole. That is, when you style it correctly.

how to style crop tops

Wearing a crop top is all about proportions. With cropped silhouettes that range from true bralettes to high-hip length blouses, you decide how much or little skin you show. It is, however, all about balance. 

For example, longline crop tops or bustier styles pair expertly with high-waisted silhouettes be they tailored trousers, vintage-inspired denim, or party-ready skirts.

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By pulling the proportions of each styling item upwards, you can show off little more than a sliver of skin between each, meeting at the smallest part of your waist.

bralette style

On the other hand, if you’re looking for more of a bralette style, take it for a test drive with that same high-waisted bottom but this time adding a little bit more volume like a pair of wide-leg trousers or bubble skirt.

Try throwing a cardigan sweater over the top for a little bit extra layering, especially as the cold weather fast approaches.

crop top options

From sweater-style knit crop tops to structured underwire bustiers; classic tees, button-down oxfords, and the like; shop all of our favorite crop tops right now.

OUR TOP PICKS

1.

Alice + Olivia Crop Tank

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For a rib crop top for the transitional season, consider one that’s knit like a sweater, buttons up the front like a cardigan, but boasts a skin-baring sleeveless scoop neck silhouette. What’s more, it’s crafted of a ribbed rainbow pattern.

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& Other Stories Embroidered Crop Top

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As the holiday party season fast approaches, take your crop top to the dance floor with a black silk top that’s fully embroidered with 3D sequin flowers. Style it with the coordinated mini skirt or keep it casual with a pair of high-waisted jeans.

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La Ligne Black Crop Top

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This crop top is about to become your year-round go-to. It’s ultra-feminine with a subtle puff sleeve, looks good with everything in a classic black hue, and pulls into your waistline with an elastic hem that styles effortlessly with midi skirts and pants alike.

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J.Crew Halter Tank Crop Top

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Go sporty with a layering tank that is not only slightly cropped, falling an inch or so above your naval, but also comes in a host of fall-friendly colors and made of a ribbed cotton that keeps the racerback top casual and athletic-inspired.

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LoveShackFancy Crop Top

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For a Victorian-inspired take on the crop top trend, look towards LoveShackFancy. In pale pink, this mock T puff-sleeve top boasts embroidered detail and inlaid lace lines.

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Tankaneo Cropped Button Down Shirt

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Opt for the most classic style of them all, but pull the hemline up in a cropped silhouette with this cotton button-down shirt that boasts a slightly oversized fit.

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Miu Miu White Crop Top

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Miu Miu loves a preppy moment, made more modern with cropped silhouettes that take a youthful trend and make it a little bit more edgy than a classic Peter Pan collared shirt could at first be.

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16Arlington Black Crop Top

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Add whimsical flair to your party-ready look with this black feather-trimmed crop top. While you can certainly rock this top with a pair of jeans, it makes for a great way to add a little something extra to black leather minis and silk midi skirts alike.

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Bondi Born Long Sleeve Crop Top

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When opting for a crisp cotton poplin shirt, take a few liberties from the classic preppy look with a cropped, boxy silhouette and a half-slit neckline, sans closure.

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Agua by Agua Bendita Crop Top

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While this floral bustier top might, alone, be the perfect springtime crop top, it’s a great way to brighten up a layered look for fall and winter as well. You’ll love the structure of a bustier (corset top) and can easily make it work with a cozy cashmere cardigan on top, come colder weather.

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Mango Knit Crop Top

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Take a cue from your favorite sweater and shop a knit crop top instead. You’ll instantly fall in love with the pointelle detail on this early-aughts inspired spaghetti strap knitted crop top for the season to come.

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12.

Rosie Assoulin Bandeau Top

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Add a little color to your crop top look with a rainbow striped spaghetti strap top. Style it with Rosie Assoulin’s coordinated midi skirt, or use it to add a little pop of color to a pair of pants or black silk midi skirt, leaning into the classic silhouette of this whimsical top.

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Cult Gaia Feather Crop Top

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Make a real statement with a crop top that’s fully covered in feathers. It features a high neck and completely open back that is party-ready, no matter how you wear it.

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Lapointe Feather Crop Top

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If you want a statement-making crop top but not sure you want to go all the way, shop this knit tank that’s peppered with feathers, but not exactly covered. You can dress it up or down but, either way, you’ll have heads turning.

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When styling a crop top, it’s all about mixing proportions. Go high waisted and tailored on the bottom when you’re planning to raise the hemlines of your top.

Crop tops are back, and you’re about to fall in love. Shop these elevated styles now.

what is the point of wearing a crop top?

A crop top is simply a different way to show a little skin. Some opt for spaghetti straps, others for cutouts, and more still for deep V-necklines and off-the-shoulder silhouettes. If you pair your crop top with a high-waisted bottom or layer a cardigan or longline blazer on top, you’ll still leave much to the imagination, even if your top is decidedly shorter than the rest.

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