The '90s wardrobe staple has made a comeback, and it’s here to stay. Iconic fashion pieces are once again making a statement, nostalgically finding their way back from cropped ctop clad celebrities on our MTV screens from way back when. Proving to be more than a thing of the past, cropped tops have the same common denominator—anywhere from an inch to a foot of exposed waist or midriff.
Showing skin can be daunting, but the various ways to wear them make them a closet mainstay. As styled-up or down as the trend goes, the belly-baring pieces are a fun and stylish way to put those abs on display and make a statement. Take a cue from the ladies below to help you play around with styling your closet cropped tops.
1. Make it Match
Cropped tops aren’t just for the casual. Dressing it up with matching separates creates a formal, put together look. There’s lots of possibility to play around with the look here—take a midriff or cropped top with a form-fitting skirt to match, or even get creative and turn an old straight-cut dress into matching separates!
Check out these matching separates on Ylona Garcia and Nadine Lustre. Ylona wears a white off-shoulder flowy cropped top, with matching mermaid-cut skirt. Nadine’s look is cropped top and high-waist palazzo pants ensemble that lengthens her figure.
Leave it to Lovi Poe to show us how it’s how it’s done in pink, with a long-sleeved matching crop to go with a form fitting pencil skirt.
2. Twist and tie it.
Not quite sure how far you want to take the cropped top look? Test the waters with a quick and easy twist and tie DIY crop. Try it out with a button-down or a loose tee from your closet, and give it your own spin by tying it up to your desired length.
Ida Anduyan shows us anyone can do it by tying a white collared button-down into a DIY crop, and pairing it with black bermuda shorts.
3. Layer up!
If you’re feeling like baring your belly is too bold, or looking for a way to tone down the look, layering is the way to go. Layer your cropped top over a tank, a tight tee or a button-down for an effortless, laidback look.
Mesh and stretch fabrics are great for this, and layering your crop top over thinner pieces definitely helps beat the heat!
4. Top it with a blazer
There’s nothing more stylish than a balanced look, and a great way to create it is with every woman’s wardrobe staple. Blazers do a great job of dressing your cropped top up, elevating the look with a piece that adds an element of sophistication.
Check out how Kathryn Bernardo and Sarah Lahbati dressed up their crops with blazers:
5. Slay in a skirt.
As much as cropped tops add a new dimension to your OOTD, wearing them with shorter bottoms runs the risk of cutting back on your height. Balance the look by pairing the cropped top with a skirt. A-line or biased cuts work wonders, but whether you’re pairing your crop with a midi-skirt, going boho-chic or pairing it with a pencil skirt, remember to keep the hemlines long!
Count on Yassi Pressman to stay classy and sophisticated in this blush ensemble, with her cropped top paired elegantly with a flowy biased-cut skirt.
When wearing tighter, midriff-baring crops, turtlenecks and skirts with long hemlines are always a good idea. Solenn Heussaff slays, pairing a red lacy crop with a slitted knee-length pencil skirt.
6. Hit it high-waisted
High-waisted bottoms are your friends, and paired with a cropped top, they happen to be very figure flattering. It’s the perfect way to keep your look proportioned, and bring back a little of the length the crop top may have taken away. Throw on a cropped top and pair it with jeans high on the hips, palazzo pants, or experiment with some playful prints to show those curves and accentuate your figure.
Ylona does denim-on-denim, pairing a dark blue crop-top with a light wash and slitted high-waist jeans. Little details accentuate her look, all tied together with hoop earrings to match a round buckle belt cinching her waist.
Printed trousers are as feminine as they are fun, and Maja Salvador tries out the trend, pairing her knit cropped top with pink printed high-waist trousers and strappy heels.
There will always be a time for a casual crop, and Ida shows us how it’s done. Here she wears a plain blue crop top hoodie paired with high-waist jeans.
7. Office Attire
This one’s a favorite look for hubaderas with a day job. While some have the idea that the crop top is a teenage fad, office-appropriate crops do exis. Keep an eye out for dressier fabrics with more neutral tones, pairing your crop tops with slacks and heels to keep a professional look. Think simple and sophisticated, looser silhouettes or high-waist bottoms and you’re good to go!
8. Under overalls
Out with the old, and in with the new, or so they say. Gone are the days where plain tees lined our closets to be worn with casual jumpers— dress down with denim and wear your favorite pair of overalls with a crop top. The look can be as simple as choosing to wear your dungarees over solid-color crop tees, to taking a bolder approach wearing them over off-shoulder pieces.
Bring back a blast from the past by pairing your overalls with a whimsical graphic crop just like Anne Curtis. White sneakers or tennis shoes complement the look, with a flair for the carefree.
Kathryn proves you can do no wrong with the look, going from casual and comfy to unfettered chic. Here she wears a white long-sleeved cropped top under a black dungaree dress, and turns up the look with knee-high faux leather boots.
9. Leave it hanging
There’s a cropped top for everyone and we think this crop style is by far the most versatile. Looser tops that are a little shorter in length but aren’t exactly cropped tops fit the bill, especially for the crop shy—showing about an inch of skin and more so when your arms are raised. Pair this faux-crop with linen chinos, or better yet, go bold with a bright skirt. If you’re feeling adventurous, go with a loose crop top set higher on the waist in knit or cotton fabrics to kick up the casual and comfy look.
10. Up top, and down low
Tops that are shorter in the front and longer in the back are another friend for the crop-shy, enabling more coverage than your conventional cropped top. Lengths and styles vary with this one, but looser silhouettes definitely frame and elongate your figure with this unseemly crop.