Crop Tops…Reimagined!

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.

The infamous grey cut up sweatshirt worn by Jennifer Beals had taken SEXY to a new level.

Jennifer Beals in Flashdance…

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!

Madonna, the queen of music and fashion icon, rocked the crop top like nobody else.

Madonna circa 1985…

Marilyn Monroe posing for a photo circa 1951...

Marilyn Monroe posing for a photo circa 1951…

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.

Lucca Couture Foil Mock Neck Cropped Top

Lucca Couture Top & Skirt

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.

Top & Skirt from Nastygal.com

Top & Skirt from Nastygal.com

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. 

SJP as Carrie Bradshaw in SATC

SJP as Carrie Bradshaw in SATC

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.

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Top & Skirt by Parker

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Top & Skirt by Parker

 And finally, for a casual spring or summer look, that works any time, pair a lace or crochet crop top (like the one pictured below from Urbam Outfitters or Urbanoutfitters.com) with a great pair of jeans. Skinny or boyfriend this is a NO FAIL combo!
Staring At Stars Crochet-Neckline Cropped Top

Crochet Neckline crop top from Urban Outfitters

xo,

BDG

Comments

  1. What’s up, just wanted to say, I loved this blog post.

    It was inspiring. Keep on posting!

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