A Case For The Crop Top

It may be time to rethink that cringe-inducing aversion to the crop top because when those “in the know”surmised that the belly-baring look would be a big one for 2013, they were most definitely onto something. Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Costume National and a whole slew of other designers have taken a shine to the look, offering up their own takes on the trend—but if you’re looking for further proof of the crop tops wearability, here’s what finally sealed the deal for us:

Zoe Saldana’s weekend appearance at the Berlin red carpet premiere of the film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” where the oft-admired actress sealed the trend-setting deal pairing a Calvin Klein crop top and skirt combo with a pair of sexy Jimmy Choo sandals. It seems the once ultra-casual trend has reached a new level of legitimacy and it’s a far cry from our 90′s television high school heroes (we’re talking about you Kelly Bundy and Donna Martin.) Now before you get all squeamish at the thought of exposing your midsection, here are a few tips on rocking the crop top trend regardless of how toned your tummy is!

1. Remember, how much you expose is up to you. If you’re proud of all that time you put in at the gym, then go on and try a crop top that hits above your belly button. If you’re less than confident about your midsection, a simple sliver peeking out just below your midriff is equally fashionable.

2. Wearing your crop top with a high-waisted bottom (skirt, shorts and/or pants) will ensure that your crop top looks more 2013 and less 1980′s video vixen. Add an outer layer like a fitted blazer, a pretty cardigan, or an urban cool leather jacket—to add even more up to date appeal. Look for ways to undo the undeniable flirtatiousness of a bare midsection and you’ll be on the right track.

3. Own it. This look is a head-turner, so wall-flowers need not apply. Confidence is key—so get out there and rock that crop top!



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