There’s nothing inappropriate about showing-off a little bit of midriff in a crop top…. pending on how they’re balanced with the remainder of the ensemble. Despite NYFW Spring 2014 kicking-off just yesterday, crop tops are already dominating runways for their consecutive annual comeback, as spotted at Peter Som with a cropped blazer and cropped button-down collared blouse, and at Zac Posen in python, among throngs of other designer collections. However, I’ve avoided posting every crop top I’ve spotted to refrain from blinding you with a sea of midriffs.
First, here’s some fashion history. Not long, before my day– sometime during the early 80’s, Madonna loved a good belly shirt, or anything that sparked the paparazzi’s attention by showing-off some skin. Unsurprisingly, crop tops resurfaced in the 1990s on pop tarts like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Aside from crop tops making their return at Marc Jacobs and Jason Wu in Spring 2013, some might argue crop tops have an expiry date or they’re inappropriate for women post-30’s. But I actually beg to differ, very badly.
Of course, there are runway trends that often appear and disappear by the end of the Fashion Week. Yet, the crop tops return is here to stay, in work appropriate formats and more classic ways than ever before, especially paired with knee-length skirts, blazers, wide leg trousers and tweed shorts. Nonetheless, I think it’s legitimate to argue they’re bound to appear in trend setters wardrobes and become an appropriate sartorial staple for incorporating into work wardrobes, particularly for executives with a ready-to-wear addiction.