Crop tops are one of the
biggest trends in fashion right now. They come in different silhouettes,
lengths and styles. They can be worn with skirts, pants, shorts or even on top
of dresses for a layered look. However, the fact that they're everywhere, and considered appropriate for females older than 16, does not make it
easier to integrate into our wardrobes. Crop tops place the spotlight
on the area where many women feel most unhappy about: the
midsection. Bearing an inch of our abdomen, for non-related bump pics, is not a
welcoming thought in our minds.
After giving it some thought, mainly because I was dying to wear
some of the awesome crop top/A-line skirt sets from the runways, I decided to
buy one and analyze the effect in my life. It was very difficult: even
though I’m slim, I struggle with accepting the way I look after having my
children. So this “crop” experiment, without me even thinking about it, became
one about self-discovery and self-love.
Along the way I learned various
lessons. First, that it felt liberating to try something different, and
encourage myself to admire the beauty of been a mom. Second, that others
appreciate how you look based on how you feel about it. Confidence is the
biggest illuminator you can wear. Third, feeling great about yourself translates into a more positive outlook and perspective of life.
Lastly, I learned that crop tops can flatter any figure if you
wear them the right way. So here are some encouraging, and obviously daring, tips to help you take on the challenge and find your inner sexy-self again:
Pick the length. Crop tops are not all bustier looking. They come in
different lengths and can fall just under the ribs or cover everything just above the belly button. Whatever you go for, make sure that it feels right and covered what you want when you sit
and when you raise your arms. For shorter
crops make sure your bottoms are high-waisted and not shorter than above
the knee. If it covers the mid-section, leaving only a peekaboo area, you can
go for shorter bottoms.
Image by Dee Trillo
Choose the right fit and fabric. The top must fit either loosely or
snug, but never too tight. If it's made from a stretch fabric, make sure it hugs
your body without cutting your skin — an all too unflattering outcome that makes your middle look bulky. Softer fabrics, such as cotton or silk, look great on
Balance proportions. Crop tops styled with high-waisted skirts or pants can be either fitted or loose. However, if you go
for loose bottoms, be sure to choose a more fitted top to flatter your figure. The
idea is to make sure you highlight a part of your body and keep it looking
proportionate. We all want that hourglass figure.
Watch out for hues. Mixing prints and solid colors creates another great crop top look. You can use both and highlight one area of your body. You
can also choose tops with panels on the side in a darker color to give the
illusion of curves. Two pieces of the same print or one solid color will elongate
your figure and make it look as a single piece.