When fashion and styles are mostly cyclical, you start to see certain items from a particular decade make a comeback. Having grown up during the ’90s, a lot of fashion trends from that time period has been reemerging, which I haven’t worn since I was a teenager in high school. Among the popular trends to see a revival are the crop tops.
Crop tops are a sexier option to wear with jeans or a skirt when you want to show some skin without being too revealing. It has a flirty peek-a-boo affect when the midriff is exposed. The style of the crop tops vary, but the looks can either be glam or super casual to long enough to show a tiny strip of skin or higher cut to show a whole lot more.
The crop tops are one of those fashion trends that can be considered a hit or miss with some people. As a teenager during the ’90s, I owned maybe two or three of these tops. During the few times I wore them with jeans, I hardly felt sexy or flirty in them. I felt horribly awkward in them. The midriff is probably not the worst thing a girl can bare out in public, but I was a girl whose body type was average. I didn’t have rock hard abs as a teen. Any flab I had in the midriff area, I largely had to suck in my stomach to give the illusion of having a flatter upper torso than I really had.
The crop top is a shirt where you’ll have to be extremely comfortable with your body and baring any or all parts of your stomach and back. If you largely feel self-conscious about not having a super flat or toned stomach, you may want to steer clear of this trend altogether. I tried it on for size when it was the fashion of the ’90s and the few tops I did have were left largely at the bottom of my drawers. Clearly, not a look for me at the time.
How do I feel about crop tops now that they’re back in fashion? I’m not entirely sure. I do think it’s a cute look when you find the right top to pair it with a skirt or jeans, but I haven’t been in a store recently to browse for crop tops I want to try in a fitting room. It’s anyone’s guess if my self-conscious self from my teenager days, regarding this look, has still stuck with my now adult self. Maybe I may not feel as awkward trying this look again, now that I’m actively working out and have since toned the flab that used to make me cringe as a kid. Time will tell.
Do you love or hate the crop top trend? How have you worn the look?