Trend Alert: Crop Tops
You can never say goodbye to any trend in fashion, and the re-emergence of crop tops proves just that.
It all began in the 1940’s when the crop tops were a part of the design movement to accentuate an hourglass figure when worn with high waist skirts. Of course it reached its peak in the ’80s and ’90s thanks to Flashdance, Dirty Dancing (who can forget Baby with her crop top uniform) and of course Madonna who famously wore a black mesh crop top for her music video Lucky Star. The trend gained momentum with shirts being knotted at the waist and then came Britney Spears. The ‘it’ song of the ’90s, Baby Hit Me One More Time caused more than a few parents to loose their cool with the midriff baring sexy school girl uniform. Cher (Clueless) also deserves a mention for showing teens how to rock the look!
Though they never totally disappeared from the fashion scene, it look designers like Dolce and Gabbana and Phillip Lim to inject a sophisticated and sleek edge to the crop top and reignite the craze. This season, from Indian designers like 11:11 by Cell Design, Junelia Aguiar, Koëcsh and Abdul Halder to international designers like Rachel Zoe, Richard Chai, Zimmerman, Just Cavalli and Peter Som, the ramps were flooded with crop tops. There were longer lengths, boxy shapes, tank tops, shrunken shirts and more in various fabrics and colours that opened up a plethora of options for the fashion set to experiment. Celebrities clearly love this trend!
Fashion is a cruel mistress, and crop tops are its devious minions that insure you stick to your gym plan! Not for the body shy, a de rigueur of this trend is flat or even better toned abs. But there is a flattering way to wear this look—pair it with high waist palazzo pants or boyfriend jeans, wear heels to help to elongate your frame, layer it over a tank top or wear it with a blazer or open sweater. If you are not comfortable with baring too much of your midriff, choose a boxier and slightly longer crop top that only reveals a hint of skin.
SC Style Tip: Pencil skirts with crop tops are our favourite way to wear this trend. The longer hemlines make it look sleeker.
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