Whether or not you're comfortable with exposing some skin every once in a while, there's no denying that cropped tops have become somewhat of a mainstay in fashion—the piece is just reinvented every season. Recall: in yesteryears, we used to wear (gulp) cropped muscle tees, logo shirts, and mockneck tops for partying. That evolved into more feminine pieces like itty bitty camisoles and the more modest linen apron top, among others.
Well, fans of the revealing top will be pleased to know that this year's lineup of midriff-baring trends are fresh, chic, and definitely fall on the polished side of the spectrum. Here are our top tips for sporting cropped tops this 2020:
1. Make a statement in feather details.
Feather-flecked pieces took flight on the runways of Prabal Gurung and Valentino. That being said, you'll look on point in a feathery pastel piece like the aqua-colored ones from Attico.
How to style it: Wear it with tailored trousers of a similar hue for a polished look. For a casual affairs, pair it with bermuda shorts—also one of the Spring/Summer's hottest trends. You can also pair a white cropped top with a feathery jacket instead, as seen above.
2. Pile on the prints with a polka dotted cropped piece.
2020 may have just begun, but trust us when we say that polka dots will be still be cool for the rest of the year. They made a splash on the runways of Paco Rabanne and Balmain. So, opt for polka dotted cropped tops instead of the typical solid-colored ones. You're sure to make a statement!
How to style it: For a sophisticated daytime look, pair a collared polka dotted piece with a tiered skirt, or switch it up with wide-legged pants for nighttime.
3. Make like a cool girl by donning a cropped crochet tank.
The centuries-old crochet was rebirthed into various forms for Spring/Summer, such as the cropped tops seen in Isabel Marant's show. To avoid looking like you raided a vintage shop, pair a cropped crochet piece with something more structured.
How to style it: Pleated shorts or trousers would create a stark contrast with the old, feminine flair of crochet.
4. Shine with sequined pieces.
If you're dying for some texture in wardrobe but can't handle feathery cropped tops, then perhaps a sequined piece should do the trick. We love Rodarte's puff-sleeved top, as seen above.
How to style it: Sequins are always appropriate at nighttime. If you're looking for a statement-making outfit, pair a sequined cropped top with a simple black skirt or cigarette pants.
5. Slip into a slit skirt.
Although jeans are the foolproof option for any kind of cropped top, might we suggest pairing it with a slit skirt this year? It totally reigned the Spring/Summer runways, but we especially love this look from Prabal Gurung. It's a flirty yet tasteful look!
How to style it: You don't have to pair the slit skirt with a cropped top of the same vibe. Go for something unexpected yet timeless like a cropped button-down blouse.
6. Give sheer cropped tops a try.
Whether you're looking for an effortless brunch look or a new Friday night top, a cropped sheer piece will definitely turn heads and make you look on point. On the S/S 2020 runways, they were reimagined in various pleated and ruched styles, a continuation of last year's romanticism trend.
How to style it: For a chic daytime look, style your sheer top with culottes or linen trousers. As for evening affairs, pair it with a leather mini skirt or a tiered skirt of the same color.
7. Go for a '90s look with cropped knits.
We've already expressed our fondness for sweater sets and cardigans as tops, so we're definitely on board with their cropped versions! You can either don a cropped knitted one, or pair any cropped sleeveless top with a chunky cardigan.
How to style it: Wear it with mom jeans or high-waisted bermuda shorts, and finish off the look with a cool leather bag.
8. Embrace romanticism.
If you haven't gotten over last year's obsession with puff sleeves, then you'll be glad to know that you can still wear them this year, even as cropped tops. We love the colorful, printed ensembles that sashayed down the Kenzo runway, but if you're looking for something simple, go for rustic-inspired pieces in whisper-thin fabrics like cotton.
How to style it: Pair your romantic cropped top with a printed, straight-cut skirt in a muted color for daytime. For an elevated evening look, style it with a bright-colored piece.