If you were around the first time crop tops were in fashion, you probably cringed at the second coming of this trend. However, I do sympathize, because I had the same reaction. But, for better or worse, this does not seem to be a passing fad. Crop tops are here to stay.
Crop tops were huge in the 80’s. Women drew their inspiration from movies like Flashdance and videos of Madonna wearing the trend. The infamous grey cut up sweatshirt worn by Jennifer Beals had taken SEXY to a new level. Madonna, the queen of music, and fashion icon, rocked the crop top like nobody else!
In 1951 Marilyn Monroe was captured were wearing a fitted sweater crop top with high waisted shorts. The beautiful blonde bombshell was definitely ahead of the time with this fashion trend.
The 2014 version of the crop top is more about modesty and less about exposure. Matching tops and bottoms are all the rage. It’s a great way to rock this trend without going over the top. The top and skirt pictured below by Lucca Couture are available at Urban Outfitters stores and urban outfitters.com.
Or pair a mock neck crop top with a fuller lace maxi skirt. This skirt works great because it’s fitted at the waist. Be mindful of full maxi or circle skirts that add extra volume to the look. If you do choose the latter in the skirt, remember to have a seamstress alter it to fit you perfectly at the waist. There’s nothing worse that a loose that moves when you move.
An early example of the trend is this image of Sarah Jessica Parker’s alter ego Carrie Bradshaw in the HBO series Sex And The City.
If you are still unsure of how to style these separates together, stick with a matching top and skirt that exposes just a hint of skin. This creates “the dress” effect and is flattering on many figures. The next 2 images are great options from the brand Parker.