I decided this is the summer I’d give crop tops a try… can they be worn modestly? I vote yes! But there are a few guidelines I try to stick to:
- Your crop top should not be a bra in disguise. You know what I mean– the really tiny ones that barely cover more than your bust, with only an inch or so of fabric below the bra line. That’s a bikini top, my dear, not a shirt.
- Always pair it with a high-waisted bottom. I honestly love the way Taylor Swift pairs cropped shirts with high-waisted bottoms, only showing a small amount of midriff, but her belly button is always covered. I think this is such a classy way to wear a current trend without baring all. Save full-belly exposure for the beach.
- You should feel comfortable in it. There’s no point in wearing something that you’re going to be tugging at all day, that you feel self-conscious in, just for the sake of being “on trend.” If the crop top in question bares more midriff than you’re comfortable with, ditch it!
In the featured image I’m wearing a white crop top I purchased for about $2 at a thrift store, and high-waisted printed casual pants from Forever 21 (also a thrift find). What I love about this top is that it comes down to my belly button, so depending on the bottom I pair it with, there may not be any midriff exposed at all! Plus it’s super comfy and will match almost anything. The only downside is the halter neckline, which makes hiding bra straps a little difficult (although I’m not one to fret over that).