Once upon a time the crop top was seen as an extreme sartorial choice, relevant only for whippet slim models and teens with a penchant for '90s style. That time is long gone, for the crop top has become so ubiquitous on the red carpet and beyond that it’s almost a staple. Should you ever be needing more proof of the state of affairs, one only needs to look at this weekend’s Teen Choice Awards where starlets queued to reveal their midriff to the banks of paparazzi.
Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashina & Chloe Moretz Work The Crop Top at The Teen Choice Awards 2014, credit: Getty
From Taylor Swift to Chloe Moretz to Kim Kardashian, it seems that you’re no one in Hollywood until you flash your abs. While it is true that a certain level of muscle tone is required to pull off the crop, you don’t need a six-pack to make the work look for you. Obviously the more skin on show, the more vulnerable you might feel – but there are plenty of ways to join in with the crop gang without feeling youre letting it all hang out.
Take Kim Kardashian’s approach. By pairing a high waisted pencil skirt with a knotted long sleeved top, she reveals only a slither of her middle making the crop both flattering and sophisticated. Similarly while Chloe Moretz may be wearing a skimpy bra top, she’s teamed her look with a matching jacket and shorts to offer some midriff modesty. The key as ever is that less is more. So banish memories of 90s tummy baring (i.e Britney and Christina’s washboard stomachs) and embrace the crop top 2.0. Click through our gallery above for the top 10 crops on the block!