Does the arrival of summer and bikini season leave you in running for cover? Brace yourselves… not only do we have to fret swimwear but the crop top has made its comeback this season. Lucky for us it this trend doesn’t resemble Britney Spears circa 1999, instead it is paired with high-waisted skirts and pants, giving you that extra bit of coverage and only revealing the tiniest part of your tummy.
Midriff trend dos and don’ts:
Bare Your Bra
It is time to toss out your boring bras and add some color and style to your lingerie collection. VPL is a really fun brand launched by former stylist Victoria Bartlett, worn by Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Aniston, which bridges the gap between underwear and outerwear. Pair a VPL color-block bra with a high-waisted skirt or shorts and an unbuttoned shirt, for the perfect summer look.
Show some skin with VPL’s Colourblock Stretch Cotten-Blend Bra in Chartreuse/Grey, $85. Available at net-a-porter.com.
Seen on stars like Rihanna and Leighton Meester, the bustier is the sexiest way to show off your midriff this summer. The key to making this look classy and not trashy is to pair your bustier with a pant or skirt that sits only an inch below the top. That will leave just enough to the imagination and keep you appropriate.
Emulate their look with Urban Outfitters’ Shakuhachi Day Tripper Crop Bustier in Grey, $163. Available at Urban Outfitters.
The Loose Tee
This is this 80s, ahem… Kelly Kapowski, take on the crop top trend. We love American Apparel’s loose crop tee, available in an array of colors. Pair this comfy tee with your high-waisted jean shorts and flats for a casual afternoon in the sun.
Channel the 80s with American Apparel’s Loose Crop Tee in American Blue/Navy, $26. Available at American Apparel.