Over the past two summers, the crop top – potentially the most challenging new staple to enter the mainstream wardrobe in recent years – has been king amongst the nubile fillies on the fashion circuit. The crop has spilled into many a teen’s wardrobe and shopping sites from the high end to the high street are stacked with cropped styles to choose from.
The question is, can you ever make a crop top work without looking like a wannabe pop star? And can a grown up women in full possession of her wits ever rock a crop?
Providing us with ample inspiration this week is Mrs Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel who worked at Vionnet sand coloured crop top with white high-waisted, wide leg trousers, accessorized with a Fendi baguette bag at an event for Tiffany’s Atlas collection held at L.A’s Chateau Marmont. Jessica’s look works because it conforms to the following rules:
5 Rules for Grown-Up Crop Topping
Left: Jessica Biel, Right: Diane Kruger Working Chic Crop Tops
1. Cover Your Belly Button
This is not 1999. And you are not Britney Spears. Crop tops work best for grown-ups when the lower tummy is covered and only a smidge of skin (helpfully the inch below the bust – the area least prone to bulge) is revealed.
2. Don’t Be Tempted to Go Jazzy
There are endless embellished and sizzling bright crop tops out there – but to make it work for the over 25s, it’s best to keep the shades and tones sober a la Jessica. Go for tonal ensembles in neutral shades or black and leave the lime green crops to Miley.
3. Go For Luxe Accessories
If you are going to do a crop, make sure you keep your accouterments sufficiently grown-up with a status tone and sophisticated footwear.
4. Keep It Tailored
Diane Kruger’s white poplin cropped shirt brings a definite grown up flavor to her striking orange pencil skirt. While there’s skin on show, it’s also quite businesslike and certainly not revealing. NB: Bust revealing crop tops only work for evening and only for those with a modest embonpoint.
5. Sleek ‘n’ Chic
Just because you are going for a youthful vibe for your outfit doesn’t mean you have to work a black lipstick and pink chalked hair. It is essential to maintain your regular grooming to keep the look elegant enough for a grown woman – so low key slap and sheeny, shiny locks.
For more inspiration on how to work the grown up crop top, click through the gallery above...